That Might Be Right

Colonial Lives of Property

Let’s get together to read, talk and think about our contemporary constellation and potential practices that might constitute new forms of life. 

The coming years That Might Be Right will study what is called primitive accumulation; the historical and continuous expropriation of people from common land, resources and relations. (See Reconstituting Geographies)

This semester we will read Colonial Lives of Property by Brenna Bhandar in which she examines how modern property law contributes to the formation of racial subjects in settler colonies and to the development of racial capitalism.

The sessions are not an endeavour of specialists or insiders, everybody brings the knowledge and experience they have to the table and we will work towards a shared, although not necessarily consensual, understanding of the topic. It is advised to read the chapters of each session beforehand, in order for us to discuss and reread parts of the chapter together during the session.

The book is in English, English will be the main language of conversation but open to contribute in other languages.

Saturdays from 15.00 @ Beursschouwburg

Brenna Bhandar, Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land and Racial Regimes of Ownership, Duke University Press, 2018.

19.09  Introduction | moderator: Rob Ritzen (Curators Studio)
03.10  Chapter 1 – USE | moderator: Line Algoed (Cosmopolis)
17.10 Postponed
14.11 Postponed
28.11 Chapter 2 – PROPERTIED ABSTRACTIONS | moderator: Wessel Damen (VU)
12.12 Chapter 3 – IMPROVEMENT | Eitan Bronstein Aparicio (De-Colonizer)
Cancelled Chapter 4 – STATUS
Cancelled Conclusion

The Land (2015) by Pieter Geenen, Hygeia (2019 – present) by Paoletta Holst, Desert Bloom (2015) by Fazal Sheikh, Coming Home (2017) by Dr. Margaret Wickens Pearce, …

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