12 May 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: Spatial Justice and Diaspora: Law, Chaos and Postcoloniality Critical Legal Conference


A call for papers has been issued:
Spatial Justice and Diaspora: Law, Chaos and
Postcoloniality Critical Legal Conference, University of Sussex,
Brighton UK     4th-6th September 2014


This stream will engage with critical theories of spatiality in relation to issues of postcoloniality, globalisation, diaspora, and migration. It will interrogate scales of legality across multiple jurisdictions and consider the development of an aesthetics of resistance in diasporic communities. In an increasingly interconnected, globalised world, there is a growing demand for
a recognition of  processes of adaptation and resistance in the form  of legal pluralism as a historical contingency. This demand varies in  its articulation, from decolonial refraction to the empirical  negotiation of diasporic laws and the call for a redefinition of the  nation-state as the irrevocable centre . This stream will ask critical questions about the constantly  metamorphosing definition of the limit of the border in the face of  disorientating diaspora, the migration of law ,  and complex relations  of belonging. It invites papers that address the need to theorise  tempo-spatiality in law and consider how this embryonic chaos may be  filtered through transjurisdictional practice in all its many forms  and guises.

We are looking for papers from a wide variety of disciplines on (but  not limited to) the following themes:

 - diaspora communities and law
 - postcolonial identity and resistance
- legal pluralism
- globalisation and concepts of belonging
 - critical migration law

 Please send abstracts (max 250 words) to:

 Emma Patchett, epatc_01@uni-muenster.de

Sarah Keenan, sk128@soas.ac.uk


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