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Speaker Series: Nicholas Blomley, Simon Fraser University

  • When: May 2, 2018, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Lakeside, Chicago IL 60611

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Judicial Territories: Spatial Conditions of Release, and the Management of Marginalized People

Canadian criminal courts rely heavily on personalized spatial restrictions when releasing people on bail and probation. Also known as ‘red zones’, these conditional orders have a significant impact on marginalized people, yet have not received the attention they deserve among scholars or policy-makers. Drawing from a collaborative cross-Canadian research project, I draw from legal geography to conceptualize these court orders as forms of territorialization, that is as spatiotemporal configurations that organize space and time in order to regulate social relations. I document the often violent work they do in both ‘cutting’ and ‘joining’ socio-legal relations, placing already vulnerable bodies into situtions of enhanced risk, or forcing them into spaces and times of carceral control.

Courtesy of Simon Fraser University

Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Nicholas Blomley is a geographer, with a general interest in law, and a particular interest in property in land. He has traced the work of property in many conflicts and social relations, including gentrification, urban gardening, the municipal regulation of panhandling and indigenous-state treaties.

Professor Blomley is currently engaged in team-based research on the use of ‘area restrictions’ included in bail and sentencing conditions imposed in the context of criminal proceedings involving marginalized groups of people. He is also part of a large collaborative project exploring the liquidation of Japanese-Canadian property after WWII.

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