Call for Papers: Land and Property in a Contested Terrain

by | Oct 31, 2017

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and the South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR) will convene a Colloquium on ‘Land and Property in a Contested Terrain’ in July 2018.

Failure to transform the land/property landscape has become a primary cause of hostility towards South Africa’s post-1994 constitutional dispensation, as well as a subject of substantial litigation and a topic of heated scholarly discourse. A specific source of contestation has been section 25 of the Constitution, the so-called ‘property clause’, which is popularly viewed as an obstacle to transformation.

In this Colloquium, we aim to explore the parameters of problems concerning the rights to land and property, and to contribute towards a grounded interdisciplinary scholarship on related topics. The Colloquium will be organised around a number of themes, including:

Constitutional, legal and policy analyses.

The identity- and distribution-related dimensions of land and property rights.

The intersecting, layered and sometimes clashing dimensions of land/property ownership, use and occupation.

The complexities of formalising communal land rights and traditional leadership roles in respect of land rights.

The alignment (or not?) of plural legal forms of property rights.

The efficacy of government programmes to advance access to land and property.

The predicament of mine-affected communities vis-à-vis land and mineral rights.

With a view to consolidating the Colloquium programme, we are inviting interested scholars and activists from a broad range of disciplines including social science, anthropology, philosophy and law to submit abstracts/expressions of interest (+/- 250 words) on any topic related to the broad themes of the Colloquium, by Monday 6 November 2017, addressed to Matimba Hlungwani: matimba.hlungwani@wits.ac.za

In the course of 2019, the SAJHR will publish a special issue on the basis of Colloquium papers submitted to the Journal following the event, each of which will be subject to the normal peer-review process.

Share this:

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Related Content

OxHRH Annual Report 2015-2016

OxHRH Annual Report 2015-2016

The OxHRH is thrilled to release its Annual Report 2015-2016. From its inception in 2012, the Oxford Human ...
Deputy-Director Dr Meghan Campbell Discusses the Future of the Human Rights Act on BCB Radio

Deputy-Director Dr Meghan Campbell Discusses the Future of the Human Rights Act on BCB Radio

On August 25th, 2016, Deputy-Director Dr Meghan Campbell spoke to BCB Radio on the future of the UK Human Rights ...
'Women and Poverty' Conference Begins 28 April 2014!

'Women and Poverty' Conference Begins 28 April 2014!

Our international conference 'Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Approach' begins in Kigali, Rwanda tomorrow. The ...