Call for Papers: Conference on Contested Property Claims

Deadline: 15 September 2015 - 12:00am

Dates: 10 - 11 December 2015


Where: Aarhus, Denmark

Venue: Aarhus University

In contemporary societies people generally acquire property within a property regime based on trade, contracts, inheritances, and welfare state redistributions. But these regimes do not always run smoothly. Behind them lie histories of appropriation and expropriation, and from within they are constantly challenged by those who point to the social injustices that they can produce. We call these attempts to interrupt the dominant system of contracts and exchanges ‘contested property claims’. They are points of friction where economic, political, and ethical issues around property are brought to light, and they illustrate how disagreements over property force social actors to reason about the institution of property as such.

To address these issues the research project Contested Property Claims – Moral Reasoning about Property and Justice in Practice, Debate, and Theory invites scholars from all fields to submit paper proposals on the ways property is performed and contested (see description of streams below).

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Prof. Nicholas Blomley (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver)
Prof. Bill Maurer (University of California, Irvine)

Submission, information and registration:

To propose a paper, please send an abstract of (max.) 300 words to This address can also be used for any inquiries about the conference. The closing date for receiving abstracts is 15 September 2015. We will get back to you on 1 October 2015. We do not require participants to submit written papers in advance.

For more information and registration see our conference website here:

Read more about the Contested Property Claims project here:

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