CFP: Justice in Space. The theory and practice of spatial justice.

Submission deadline: June 22, 2023

Conference date(s):
June 22, 2023 - June 23, 2023

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Conference Venue:

Inequality Against Freedom Project, Erasmus University of Rotterdam
Rotterdam, Netherlands

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The current housing crisis is shaping the lives of many people. Housing protests are unraveling in most big European cities at the beat of chants such as huizen voor mensen niet voor winst (houses for people not for profit) and Deutsche Wohnen Enteignen (Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen). These slogans highlight that citizens perceive an injustice in the way in which housing is allocated. But what, if anything, is wrong about it?

Questions concerning the allocation, use and production of urban space, including housing allocation, have been extensively investigated by urban geographers. Scholars in the field highlight that space should not be considered merely as a container of human activities but as a generative force of (in)justice. Even though philosophers have not paid much attention to the role of space in their normative analyses there is a growing body of literature filling this gap.  

The aim of this conference is to facilitate the discussion and development of spatially laden considerations of justice. In doing so, it wishes to engage with scholars and practitioners who deal with justice in space, especially, but not exclusively, focusing on the urban dimension. We highly value taking an interdisciplinary approach for our conference. Indeed, we believe that the interaction of theoreticians and practitioners is necessary to develop an understanding of what justice in space is, and how we can achieve it. On one side, philosophers can contribute with clarifying characterizations of the phenomena in question, normative assessments and thought-provoking analyses. On the other side, practitioners’ knowledge and expertise are crucial to understand the current legal framework and how it developed, the power relations within it and the possible strategies we can adopt to bring ourselves closer to justice in space. 

In addition to the invited speakers, there are a few slots reserved for junior scholars (PhD students or otherwise early career researchers) presenting work that, broadly speaking, is in line with the goal of the workshop. Suggested topics include housing justice, gentrification, tourism, intersectional discrimination, dignity in urban life and the use of communal space.

Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words in .doc or .pdf format with the subject “SUBMISSION- Justice in Space” and sent to Elisabetta Gobbo ([email protected]) AND Niklas Dummer ([email protected]) by the 10th of February 2023.

Please include your name, title of the paper, and institutional affiliation in the body of the e-mail.

We strongly encourage applications from junior scholars who belong to underrepresented groups in academic philosophy.

We aim to inform successful applicants by the 27th of February and expect submission of full papers two weeks prior to the workshop, for pre-circulation among participants.

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