[Iag-list] Legal Geography SG sponsored sessions IAG-NZGS conference 2021

Jo Gillespie josephine.gillespie at sydney.edu.au
Thu Mar 4 03:29:52 UTC 2021

Hello Everyone,

The Legal Geography Study Group of the IAG are pleased to be sponsoring 4 sessions at the upcoming IAG Annual Conference<https://www.sydney.edu.au/science/news-and-events/events/iagnzgs2021-conference.html>, July 2021.

Our sponsored sessions:

  1.  Indigenous Legal Geographies

This session on Indigenous legal geographies explores legal geographies' relationships with Indigenous peoples and rights, as well as Indigenous peoples' conceptions of law and relationships with law. We welcome papers across a broad range of topics such as biodiversity conservation and environmental management, land rights and native title, justice, health, customary law and practices, urban and rural settlements and human rights, and others.

Session organisers: Daniel Robinson, d.robinson at unsw.edu.au<mailto:d.robinson at unsw.edu.au> and Margaret Raven.

  1.  Shifting legal geographies of tenure

The contemporary global pandemic has seen an acceleration of two ongoing and imbricated trends: increasing precarity of tenure and rising consolidation of ownership. Simultaneously we are seeing greater threats to multiple forms of tenure, including an increase in labour casualisation, the rise of the gig economy, and reduced expectations of residential and commercial tenure – as well as a rapid consolidation of ownership in a variety of spheres, including real estate, intellectual property, agriculture, retail, manufacturing, airlines, logistics, and social media. This panel is intended to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary, empiric, and theoretical backgrounds to explore the deeper ramifications of the intertwined increases in IAG NZGS Conference 2021 precarity and amalgamation of ownership in light of intensifying environmental and political crises. By exploring how these twinned phenomena work to institutionalize precariousness, the panel seeks to foster conversations about emerging legal and human geographies in a time of escalating instability.

Session organiser: John Carr, john.carr at unsw.edu.au<mailto:john.carr at unsw.edu.au>

  1.  Garnering legitimacy through the law: the untapped potential of (legal) geography research

In a recent paper Joanne Kusiak (2021) calls for an action agenda in which legal geography scholars embrace the law to accelerate the progressive agenda that characterises much of their critical research. She proposes a “‘critical legal engineering’ in which skilled non-lawyers can put forward technical legal arguments that strategically support socially progressive (or even radical) agendas” (p.2). In this call we are fleshing out the idea of ‘critical legal engineering’. We are interested in geographical scholarship that shines a light on how the law is ‘co-opted’ for socially progressive causes. In this call we encourage geographers from all sub-disciplines to share how their research explores the ways in which people use the law, in all its guises, to affect change.

Session organisers: Jo Gillespie, josephine.gillespie at sydney.edu.au<mailto:josephine.gillespie at sydney.edu.au> and Tayanah O’Donnell, tayanah.odonnell at anu.edu.au<mailto:tayanah.odonnell at anu.edu.au>

  1.  Legal Geography: Perspectives and Methods

Legal Geography: Perspectives and Methods (2020, Routledge) offers new insights into not only how the legal and geography disciplines can come together and enrich the social research process, but also in advancing scholarship in, particularly, environmental legal geography (see Clark, 2020; Techera, 2020). This session calls for papers engaging with political economy, environmental legal geography, and anywhere in between and in any context, to explore the role of geography as a gateway to interdisciplinary research and impact.
Refs: Clark, G.L. (2020) ‘Legal Geography: Perspectives and Methods’ Geographical Research 58(4) 431-433 Techera, E. (2020) ‘Legal Geography: Perspectives and Methods’ University of Western Australia Law Review 48(1) 321-323

Session organisers: Tayanah O’Donnell, tayanah.odonnell at anu.edu.au<mailto:tayanah.odonnell at anu.edu.au> and Jo Gillespie, josephine.gillespie at sydney.edu.au<mailto:josephine.gillespie at sydney.edu.au>

Abstracts close on the 5 April 2021.  If you’re interested in joining us, please contact our session organisers with your title and abstract and let them know if you’re presenting in person or remotely.

Kind regards,
Jo and Tay

IAG Legal Geography Study Group Co-convenors

Dr Josephine Gillespie
School of Geoscience
The University of Sydney

Institute of Australian Geographers<https://www.iag.org.au/about-us>, Co-convenor Legal Geography Study Group
Geographical Society of New South Wales<https://www.geogsoc.org.au/>
International Union for the Conservation of Nature<https://www.iucn.org/>

Gillespie, J, 2020, Protected Areas: A Legal Geography Approach<https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-40502-1>, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
O’Donnell, T., Robinson, D and Gillespie, J, 2020, (Eds), Legal Geography: Perspectives and Methods<https://www.routledge.com/Legal-Geography-Perspectives-and-Methods/ODonnell-Robinson-Gillespie/p/book/9781138387386>, Routledge, Abingdon.

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