Irine Prastio named a 2013 IPinCH Graduate Fellow

Congratulations to Irine Prastio, an MA candidate in the Making Culture Lab. She has been named a 2013 Graduate Fellow for the IPinCH (Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage) Project. IPinCH is described (on their website) as “an international collaboration of archaeologists, Indigenous organizations, lawyers, anthropologists, ethicists, policy makers, and others working to explore and facilitate fair and equitable exchanges of knowledge relating to archaeology. We are concerned with the theoretical, ethical, and practical implications of commodification, appropriation, and other flows of knowledge about the past, and how these may affect communities, researchers, and other stakeholders.”

Irine has been working since 2010 with the Making Culture Lab to develop the Inuvialuit Living History Project virtual exhibit, which documents an Inuvialuit delegation’s research trip to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and recontextualizes the museum’s MacFarlane Collection from an Inuvialuit perspective. Irine’s joins 4 other IPinCH fellows (doing really exciting looking work) to conduct her MA research, which will focus on new media and Inuvialuit intellectual property rights in the context of sewing and pattern making, is described this way:

“Through the lens of the Inuvialuit Living History Project, an IPinCH Case Study, she is researching the role of new media technology in addressing the issue of intellectual property rights for Inuvialuit peoples. Irine’s research will explore the sewing and pattern making of traditional clothing in the Inuvialuit communities in the Northwest Territories. In addition to supporting Inuvialuit sewing projects, she will design and evaluate an interactive platform to represent Inuvialuit sewing and pattern making and its complexity as intangible heritage and cultural property.”