The recent spatial turn in law, founded on post-structuralism and deconstruction, has now taken dynamically into consideration the emplacement of the body within space, the spatial dimension of the law, and the parameters that space brings into the understanding of the law. These are not simply ideas about diversity and locality/community, but more significantly concepts on being lost, on having no predetermined direction, on not being able to escape. Space brings to law an entirely different dimension to that of time, a more violent and unsettling one that cannot be assuaged by the legal concepts of waiting, moving towards a temporal horizon of justice. This sort of dimension has to be filtered into conceptualisations of law and justice. Law’s spatiality is fleshed out through simple practices that revolve around walking, being emplaced, understanding one’s spatial presence. This ties up with the concept of spatial justice – a misunderstood concept that has failed to take into consideration space and dealt solely with geography. The focus of this talk is a walk in the city, undertaken by students, trying to discover the presence of the law and coming to a realisation that the radical nature of spatial justice demands a re-emplaced corporeality in relation to ‘here’ rather than ‘now’.
Everyone is welcome to attend.