Book launch and talk
Brenna Bhandar, Rafeef Ziadah
Colonial Lives of Property:
Law, Land, and Racial Regimes of Ownership

Lumiar Cité

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To think about distant places, to colonize them, to populate or depopulate them: all this occurs on, about, or because of land. The actual geographical possession of land is what empire in the final analysis is all about. At the moment when a coincidence occurs between real control and power, the idea of what a given place was (could be, might become), and an actual place — at that moment the struggle for empire is launched. This coincidence is the logic both for Westerners taking possession of land and, during decolonization, for resisting natives reclaiming it.
— Edward Said, “Culture and Imperialism” (1993)

In her powerful and timely new book, Brenna Bhandar traces connections among the colonial seizure of land, the racialization of indigenous inhabitants, and the settler colonial hierarchies in what she calls “racial regimes of ownership.” Forged in the colonial period, the insidious connections between property, ownership, citizen-status, and race now permeate both former and current colonies and their metropoles. By tracing contemporary property laws back to their colonial origins, Bhandar argues for their centrality in current anti-racist and de-colonial struggles across the globe. She examines the “shared logics of racial subjectivity and private property ownership that have been central to the development of racial capitalism” in studies ranging across Palestine, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.

Brenna Bhandar is Senior Lecturer in Law at SOAS, University of London. She is co-editor of ‘Plastic Materialities: Politics, Legality, and Metamorphosis in the Work of Catherine Malabou’ (DUP: 2015, with Jon Goldberg-Hiller) and ‘Reflections on Dispossession: Critical Feminisms’ (Darkmatter Journal, 2016, with Davina Bhandar).

Rafeef Ziadah is Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East at SOAS, University of London. Prior to this she was Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the SOAS Politics and International Studies department with the ‘Military Mobilities and Mobilising Movements in the Middle East’ project. Her research interests include political economy, contentious politics, labour movements and the politics of humanitarianism, with a particular focus on the Middle East.


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The Dark Theatre:
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11.-13.03.2020, 11 am, 2 pm

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The Greatest Emergency is the Absence of Emergency: Anarchic Hermeneutics, Emergency Aesthetics, and Philosophical Warnings

16,18, and 19.03.2021
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The seminar will take place online only.

Fogo Island Dialogues
Atlantic Codes
November 8–9, 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Lumiar Cité

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
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Wednesday to Friday, 3pm to 7pm and by appointment. Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 1pm.
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Onde sempre estou.

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Tonio Kröner
09.11.2019 - 02.02.2020

25.01 | 17h00 Talk with Tonio Kröner, Simon

Thompson, Jürgen Bock

Judith Barry
All the light that's ours to see

Extended until 6 December 2020

In line with revised recommendations from the authorities, we are postponing the exhibition, which was scheduled to open on 28 March. A new date will be communicated in due course.

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
Spring 2021

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

Maumaus / Lumiar Cité
is funded by Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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