RGS-IBG 2015 – CFP – ‘Producing Law, Making Space, Mobilising Subjects’

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After very successful sessions in 2013 and 2014, and due to other commitments, Antonia Layard and I are taking a break from running a legal geography session at this year’s RGS-IBG annual conference. But if you’d like to carry on the legal geography conversation at RGS-IBG 2015, you might like to consider supporting the following session call by Alex Jeffrey and colleagues copied below.

Meanwhile our jointly edited ‘Law and Geography’ special issue of the International Journal of Law in the Built Environment will be published in April 2015 and we’re currently finalising our ‘Spatial Detectives’ synoptic paper for Geography Compass.

Luke & Antonia


“RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Exeter, 2-4 September 2015

Producing Law, Making Space, Mobilising Subjects

Convenors: Romola Sanyal (London School of Economics), Fiona McConnell (University of Oxford), Alex Jeffrey (University of Cambridge)

Sponsored by the Political Geography Research Group

This session will chart explore emerging perspectives in the relationships between law and space. Energised by work within critical legal studies (Fitzpatrick, 2001; Valverde, 2003), political anthropology (Latour, 2010) and legal geography (Braverman, et al. 2014), the session will provide the space to explore conceptual and methodological meeting points within these diverse fields of social science, while remaining attentive to the possible political implications of law’s spatiality.

We are particularly interested in encouraging work that examines the spatial nature of legal practice and the legal nature of spatial practice, the import of materiality and evidence, the significance of embodiment and questions of gender, the circulation of legal knowledge globally, and the enrollment of purportedly non-legal actors within legal processes.

While we are keen to encourage a wide range of theoretical and methodological reflections on these issues, we are keen to focus in particular on the following themes:

1) Production of law: materiality, everyday life, origins, archives

2) Transmission of law: evidence, performance, legitimacy, legal mobilities

3) Violence of law: exclusions, erasures, silences, bracketing

4) Rights of law: mobilisations, insurgencies, legal shadows

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to all three panel organizers: Romola Sanyal: r.sanyal@lse.ac.uk, Alex Jeffrey: asj38@cam.ac.uk, and Fiona McConnell: fiona.mcconnell@ouce.ox.ac.uk, by Tuesday 10th February 2015.

Please be sure to include your name, institution or affiliation and email address in the email.


Dr. Alex Jeffrey
Email: asj38@cam.ac.uk
Web:http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/people/jeffrey/

Image credit: http://www.e-architect.co.uk/england/exeter-university-forum-project

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