Geographical Indication and Religious Authenticity


A ‘geographical indication’ is a form of intellectual property protection designed to protect products with spatial associations in the minds of consumers. Think ‘Cognac’ or ‘Dijon mustard.’ Continuing a series on the theology of intellectual property, I examine the relevance of ‘geographical indications’ to religious faith. Given the connection of religious beliefs to specific places, how do we discriminate between authentic and inauthentic ties? By tracing the spatial displacement of religious practices in an age of wide-scale population movement, I discern how equivalents to ‘geographic indications’ emerge, transform, and function in everyday religious experience.

Jun 6, 2018 12:00 AM
Nashville, Tennessee
Clifford B. Anderson
Clifford B. Anderson
Associate University Librarian for Research and Digital Strategy

My research interests include the study of algorithms as cultural artifacts, computational thinking in the humanities, large-scale textual analysis of narrative documents, and the religious dimensions of intellectual property.