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Contested Property Claims

About the Conference

Contested Property Claims will set focus on the ideas, practices, and institutions of property that contribute to shaping human relationships in societies around the world. Behind all property regimes 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 can 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. We invite scholars from all fields to submit paper proposals on the ways property is performed and contested.

The conference will take place at Aarhus University, Denmark.

To make an inquiry about the conference, please contact the conference organisers at contestedpropertyclaims@cas.au.dk

Confirmed keynote speakers

Nicholas Blomley

Nicholas Blomley is Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University. He has a longstanding interest in the geographical dimensions of law, particularly real property. He has recently completed a SSHRC project on the BC treaty process, and is currently a participant in a major initiative examining the liquidation of Japanese-Canadian property during World War II.

He is the author of several books including, most recently, a coedited volume entitled: ‘The expanding legal spaces of law: a timely legal geography’ (Stanford UP).

Bill Maurer

Bill Maurer is a cultural anthropologist who conducts research on law, property, money and finance, focusing on the technological infrastructures and social relations of exchange and payment. He has particular expertise in emerging, alternative and experimental forms of money and finance, payment technologies, and their legal implications.

He has published on topics ranging from offshore financial services to mobile phone-enabled money transfers, Islamic finance, alternative currencies, and the future of money. He is founding director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and was the founding co-director of the Intel Science and Technology Center in Social Computing.

Supported By

The Danish Council for Independent Research

The Carlsberg Foundation

Practical Information


  • 10-11. December 2015


  • Aarhus University, Tåsingegade Auditorium, Taasingegade 3, 8000 Aarhus C 


Maja Hojer Bruun
Assistant Professor
Phone: +45 9940 3423
Email: mhb@learning.aau.dk