Governing the belongings of the precariously housed: a critical legal geography I

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Legal Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PST)
Room: Virtual 37
Organizers: Nicholas Blomley
Chairs: Alexandra Flynn

Call for Submissions



Precariously housed people (living in shelters, outside, in private rental housing, social
housing etc.) face serious challenges in securing their personal possessions from the
actions of both private and public actors, given the regulatory spaces in which they find
themselves. This is despite evidence of widespread destruction, seizure, and theft;
associated violations of equality and dignity rights; the significance of their belongings to
their owners, and the heightened vulnerability that the loss of their belongings may
place people in. Law seems to provide minimal recognition and protection of
precariously housed people’s possessions. There is a significant lack of scholarly and
policy attention given to the issue. We invite presentations on this crucial topic, drawn
from any jurisdiction and focusing on a wide range of belongings. These can be in the
form of conventional papers or more creative formats. Community based and
intersectional research is particularly valued.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ifigeneia Dimitrakou*, University of Zurich, Department of Geography, Hanna Hilbrandt*, University of Zurich, Department of Geography, Home unhoused: (im)mobile belongings, eviction and attachment to place 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Bruna Maciel*, Simon Fraser University, The attribution of value to tenant’s personal possessions at the Residential Tenancy Branch of British Columbia. 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Melora Koepke*, Simon Fraser University, Muriel Froment Meurice, Université Paris Nanterre, Démantlement as domicide: Managing (urban) “undesirables” in Paris, 2015-2020 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Marina Chavez*, Simon Fraser University, Hoarding as Housing Precarity: Investigating the Historical Problematization of Hoarding as Mental Illness 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Dugan Meyer*, University of Arizona - Geography & Development, Mark Kear, School of Geography, Development & Environment, University of Arizona, Margaret Wilder, School of Geography, Development & Environment, University of Arizona, Dispossessive immobilization and negative place-making in manufactured housing landscapes 15 9:00 AM

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