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

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Legal Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 37
Organizers: Nicholas Blomley
Chairs: Nicholas Blomley

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 Nicholas Blomley*, Simon Fraser University, Claire Shapton, Simon Fraser University, Drug War Survivors, DWS, Alexandra Flynn, Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Marie-Eve Sylvestre, University of Ottawa, The hum of property loss 15 9:35 AM
Presenter Alexandra Flynn*, , Contingent property interests of poor people’s things: theorizing personal property in Parkdale, Toronto 15 9:50 AM
Presenter Lizette Grobler*, DSI/NRF/CSIR Chair in Waste and Society, University of the Western Cape, Catherina Johanna Schenck, DSI/NRF/CSIR Chair in Waste and Society, University of the , Negotiating livelihoods in permissive space during the pandemic: the governance of the belongings of waste reclaimers 15 10:05 AM
Presenter Kate Elliott*, Simon Fraser University, Confiscating livelihood: grocery carts in the lives of unhoused binners 15 10:20 AM
Presenter Sarah Ferencz*, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Protecting privacy in the ‘home’: A Legal Geography of Canadian constitutional law across housing contexts 15 10:35 AM

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