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Squat or Rot*? The Changing Architectures of Property, Land and Law

Property Rights Workshop, Law School, Exeter

This seminar has been put together at a timely juncture to interrogate the changing landscapes of property and law within legislation, within buildings, within history, within configurations of space and time, and to highlight the importance of questioning the shaky scaffolding of property rights as a whole.

Event details

Relations of property in land structure the way we organise and behave, the way we interact, understand and commodify our environment and its connection with ourselves and our communities. Using the changes in squatting law, alongside anarchist narratives of squatting, social centres, direct housing, eviction, we hope to discuss the direction of property rights today in terms of the law of criminal trespass and adverse possession, as well as architecture, genealogies of property, colonialism, territory, aesthetics and geography.


  • Professor James Devenney, Law School, University of Exeter
  • Debra Benita Shaw, School of Arts and Digital Industries, University of East London
  • Thanos Zartaloudis, Law School, University of Exeter
  • Sarah Keenan, School of Law, SOAS, University of London
  • Nathan Eisenstadt, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
  • ETC Dee, Centre for Sexual Dissidence, University of Sussex
  • Lucy Finchett-Maddock, Law School, University of Exeter

This seminar is part of Exeter Law School’s theme of ‘Homelessness’ for the academic year 2012-13, shaping teaching, research and outreach activities for the year. This event is supported by the ‘Spatial Responsibilities Research Group’, Geography, as part of an emerging collaboration between Geography/Law at the University of Exeter. If you are interested in attending or more information, please contact Lucy Finchett-Maddock at

Inspired by ‘Squat or Rot’ - please see:


Building One