Thought this call for essays at the Peace Review (USF) might interest some
>CALL FOR ESSAYS
>BIOPIRACY & BIOTECHNOLOGY
>PEACE REVIEW, Winter 2000 (Volume 12, Issue 4)
>Special Editors: Eduardo Mendieta & Lois Lorentzen,
>University of San Francisco
>Deadline for Submissions: July 14, 2000
>Will the twenty-first century be the century of hitherto unimagined
>transformations in which human beings control production, reproduction, and
>the development of life itself? Like never before, the aphorism "knowledge
>is power" means "power is knowledge." Biotechnology allows humans to
>manipulate genes, thus permitting us to re-arrange the grammar of life
>itself. Some claim that this "biotech century" may bring forth unthinkable
>horrors as we manipulate nature to suit the human will. Others claim that
>this new science may cure our diseases, feed our hungry, provide us with
>therapeutic drugs and alternative energy sources. Will the technologies of
>cloning, gene mapping, gene splicing, gene therapy, genetic modification of
>organisms, bring us to a bright age of ecotopian justice or to a dark
>In this special issue of Peace Review we invite essays on different aspects
>of Biopiracy and Biotechnology, including:
>1) Intellectual Property Rights - the commodification of nature, indigenous
>rights to DNA/plants/pharmaceuticals, the patenting of life forms by
>multinationals, third world/first world perspectives, discovering versus
>2) The Environment and Biotechnology - the patenting of seeds, genetically
>modified organisms, genetically modified food (the recent Frankenfood
>controversy), agribusiness and biotechnology, the recombinant growth
>hormone and the third world.
>3) Political and Economic Dimensions - third world biotechnology and the
>foreign debt, national, regional, international regimes and biotech
>regulation, monopolization of biotechnological knowledge.
>4) Military uses of biotechnology.
>5) Social consequences of biotechnology. race relations, gene altering,
>genetic therapy and screening, abortion and genetic screening.
>6) Case Studies and Practical proposals to turn biotech knowledge over to
>public institutions and non-profit organizations are welcome.
>PEACE REVIEW is a quarterly, multidisciplinary, transnational journal of
>research and analysis, focusing on the current issues and controversies
>that underlie the promotion of a more peaceful world. We define peace
>research to include human rights, development, ecology, culture, race,
>gender and related issues. Our task is to present the results of this
>research and thinking in short (no more than 3500 words), accessible and
>Please send for Peace Review's Writer's Guidelines by emailing
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>Send essay submissions by email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
>Editorial correspondence, including manuscripts and disks can be sent to
>Robert Elias, Peace Review, Peace and Justice Studies, University of San
>Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA. Tel:
>415-422-6349/2910. Fax: 415-422-5671, or 415-388-2631, Attn. Elias.
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