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Governing the Possessions of the Precariously Housed: a Legal Geography
Start Date: 1/16/2019Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 1/16/2019End Time: 12:30 PM

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Please join us for the first winter installment of Power, Pleasure and Space: Planning the 21st City, a speaker series brought to you by the Urban Sociologists of the Department of Sociology, Drexel University.

Nicholas Blomley, Professor of Geography, Simon Fraser University, will be joining us to present "Governing the Possessions of the Precariously Housed: a Legal Geography."

Poor people tend to be precariously housed, moving between a continuum of public and private spaces, such as insecure rental housing, rooming houses, shelters, or public space. They frequently find it challenging to secure their personal possessions, navigating an often hostile regulatory environment governing their personal possessions. Personal possessions are of practical and affective significance to all, and perhaps even more so to the vulnerable. Yet there is no systematic scholarship about such regulation, and the manner in which it is experienced by the governed. This presentation aims to map out a research agenda on this important topic.

This event is free and open to the public, lunch will be included.

About Nicholas Blomley:
Professor Blomley is a Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University.  He has a long standing interest in legal geography, particularly in relation to property. Professor Blomely is interested in the spatiality of legal practices and relationships, and the worldmaking consequences of such legal geographies. Much of his empirical work concerns the often oppressive effects of legal relations on marginalized and oppressed people.

Contact Information:
Name: Dorian Adams
Phone: 215.895.1314
Email: dadams@drexel.edu
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