Geographies of Law in the Age of Late Liberalism: Emergent Perspectives for the Study of Space and Legal Regimes


Internationaler Workshop

Donnerstag, 20. Juni 2024, bis Freitag, 21. Juni 2024


Käte Hamburger Kolleg (Iduna-Hochhaus)
Raum 7011 (7. OG)
Servatiiplatz 9
48143 Münster


Dr. Sandra Brunnegger
University of Cambridge

Dr. Juan Pablo Vera Lugo
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana


Drawing on a wide range of research experiences from around the world, from South African rural areas to the ciénagas in northern Colombia and the city of Lae in Papua New Guinea, the workshop explores the conceptual and methodological dimensions of and possibilities for the study of socio-spatial legal regimes. Based on various instances and case studies, the workshop illustrates today’s dense and entangled articulation of law, power, knowledge and space, along with their respective infrastructures and material conditions. By doing so, the workshop helps to expand our understanding of the multi-faceted and multidimensional expressions and articulations of law and space relations.


Thursday, 20 June 2024

Sandra Brunnegger (University of Cambridge/Minority Rights Group International) & Juan Pablo Vera Lugo (Pontifical Javeriana University)
Welcome and Introduction

Panel 1
Chair: Sandra Brunnegger

Cansu Civelek (University of Vienna/University of Tübingen)
Urban Restructuring, Temporalities, and Law

Tatiana Acevedo (Utrecht University)
Bureaucrats without State: Contesting Water Bills in Barranquilla, Colombia

Lunch at the Kolleg

Panel 2
Chair: Kaveh Yazdani (University of Connecticut/Käte Hamburger Kolleg Münster)

Melissa Demian (University of St Andrews)
Housing and Polylegality in Urban Papua New Guinea

Nicholas Blomley (Simon Fraser University)
“Anywhere but here”: Dispossession, Mobility, and Property

Coffee break

Panel 3
Chair: Raquel Gil Montero (CONICET/Käte Hamburger Kolleg Münster)

Sarah Keenan (Birkbeck, University of London)
Beyond ‘Land’

Kate Sullivan (California State University Los Angeles)
Establishing Sovereignty over Winds and Waters

Dinner at Caputo‘s (Königsstraße 59 | 48143 Münster)

Friday, 21 June 2024

Panel 4
Chair: Juan Pablo Vera Lugo

Cristina Hernández (University of Kent)
The Magdalena Shaping Process: Shifting Ciénagas Wetlands Boundaries between Land, Law and Rivers

Olaf Zenker (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg/Käte Hamburger Kolleg Münster)
Reckoning with Transformative Constitutionalism: Land Reform, Expropriation without Compensation and the Iconic Indexicality of Post-apartheid South Africa

Illan rua Wall (University of Galway/ University of Warwick)
The Spatial Work of Rights

Lunch at the Kolleg

Rapporteur: Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster)


Farewell and outlook