SCRIPT: A legacy of vitality
AHRC Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law / University of Edinburgh
From 2002 to 2012, the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded SCRIPT, the Centre for Research on Intellectual Property and Technology Law. Based in the Law School at the University of Edinburgh, it allowed a diverse and changing collection of scholars to network and push the boundaries of knowledge across a range of legal fields, including but not limited to those of intellectual property law, information technology law, and medical law, and a lot of that work engaged to some degree with the interaction between law and culture. For the SCRIPT Co-Directors and Associates, this was an immensely busy and highly privileged time; the exceptional benefits of having secured funding for a range of research projects over ten years allowed us to develop extensive national and international networks and engage in cross- and multi-disciplinary projects in many fields. While funding for SCRIPT came to an end in 2012, the legacy of SCRIPT continues, not least in the form of this journal, for which each of us has acted as contributor and reviewer, and one of us as editor-in-chief. This particular contribution, the title of which purposefully draws on a cultural artefact but explores the polar opposite of the sentiment contained in that artefact, will briefly discuss a current AHRC-funded project: ‘InVisible Difference: Disability, Dance and Law’, the seeds of which were sown during the period of SCRIPT’s second tranche of funding. First, it will explain how links were forged between three areas of law – intellectual property law, medical law and human rights and disability law – dance scholarship and the practice of disabled dance, and discuss how the boundaries between these fields were crossed. Second, it will show how the academic disciplines are being re-thought as a result of the collaboration, explaining how the work being undertaken seeks to inform law, dance, and disability policies.
This is the author's version of a work accepted for publication in the SCRIPT-ed journal. The definitive version is due for publication in 2015 and will be available from the SCRIPT-ed website at http://script-ed.org/