Confirmed plenary speakers:

We have confirmation from the spekaers listed below. We are still awaiting responses from another invited plenary speaker, and we will post them here once confirmed. 

Information (eg title of the papers and abtsracts) are updated as we recevied details.


Ánde Somby

Ánde Somby, born in Buolbmat, Norway, is a traditional Sami joik artist and an associate professor at the Faculty of Law at the UiT the Arctic University of Norway, specializing in Indigenous Rights Law

Andreas Mihalopoulos-Philippopoulos

Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos is an academic/artist/fiction author. His practice includes legal theory / performance / ecological pedagogy / lawscaping / performance lecture / video art / spatial justice / moving-poems / critical autopoiesis / online performance / radical ontologies / installation art / picpoetry / performance machines / fiction writing / sculpture / wavewriting / political geography / clay making / gender and queer studies / painting / continental philosophy / posthumanism / anthropocenes. He is Professor of Law & Theory at the University of Westminster, and Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Lab. His academic books include the monographs Absent Environments (2007), Niklas Luhmann: Law, Justice, Society (2009), and Spatial Justice: Body Lawscape Atmosphere (2014). His fiction The Book of Water is published in Greek and English. His practice has been presented at Palais de Tokyo, the 58th Venice Art Biennale 2019, the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2016, the Tate Modern, Inhotim Instituto de Arte Contemporânea Brazil, Arebyte Gallery, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, etc.

Andreas will do a performance titled: "A contract unto Extinction: Water, Titian, Plane - A multimedia performance lecture on planetary and individual death, flooding and Pietà, the last painting ever made by Titian".

Antoinette Rouvroy

Riccardo Baldissone

Riccardo is committed to the reconstruction of European intellectual history on a textual basis as a necessary and prior political task. His specific contributions to legal studies range from the reconsideration of Roman law texts under the rubric of analogy, of medieval juridical theology as a model for European texts at large, and of the modern trajectory of human rights as a language. Riccardo’s last multi-volume genealogical project aims to historicize and pluralize fundamental European notions such as freedom, individual, time, memory, and commodity by tracing their emergence, their trajectories, and their possible overcoming. After publishing Farewell to Freedom: A Western Genealogy of Liberty, and Autós: Individuation in the European text, Riccardo is now exploring the textual production of time and memory from Homer to the present in the third volume of the series, Mnemosyne.

Renisa Mawani

Renisa Mawani is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) peoplesShe works in the fields of critical theory and colonial legal history and has published on law, colonialism, and legal geography. She is the author of Colonial Proximities (2009) and Across Oceans of Law (2018), which was a finalist for the U.K. Socio-Legal Studies Association Theory and History Book Prize (2020) and winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Prize for Outstanding Contribution to History (2020). With Iza Hussin, she is co-editor of “The Travels of Law: Indian Ocean Itineraries” (2014) and with Antoinette Burton, she is co-editor of Animalia: An Anti-Imperial Bestiary for Our Times (2020).

The Timetable as Punishment: A Colonial and Maritime History

Almost fifty years after its publication in French, Foucault’s Discipline and Punish has been read and discussed largely as a treatise on space, architecture and power. The text’s historical and analytic contributions include its emphasis on the spatiality of punishment and on the shifting role of the body, which moves from a target of violence and death to a political force invested with life. In many accounts, the timetable is diminished and even subsumed through concerns with confinement, surveillance, and architectural form. What would it mean to begin with the timetable as punishment? What other histories of confinement and racial violence become perceptible?

In this paper I center the timetable in Foucault’s genealogy of punishment. Drawing guidance from maritime historians and from Black feminists writing critically about slavery, I argue that the (mari)time is vital to the changing economies of penality that Foucault traces. “The time-table,” he reminds us, “is an old inheritance,” one that did not emerge with the birth of the prison. “The strict model was no doubt suggested by the monastic communities” Foucault (1977) writes, and was “soon to be found in schools, workshops, and hospitals” (149). Importantly, what is shared across the institutions that preoccupied Foucault is not only their use of architecture as spatial power but also their growing investments in time and timekeeping as novel forms of discipline. In this paper I extend Foucault’s arguments on the timetable as “an old inheritance” by reading for and elaborating on his maritime references. In the interests of telling a colonial history, I present an alternative history of punishment, one that begins with European maritime worlds of conquest, changing navigational technologies, shipboard labour routines, and regimes of racial violence, particularly aboard slave ships. The significance of time discipline and its simultaneity with racial terror are visible not only in the turn from Europe to the colonies as postcolonial scholars have argued, but also in the turn from land to sea 

Irus Braverman

Irus Braverman is Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Her books include Planted Flags: Trees, Land, and Law in Israel/Palestine (2009), Zooland: The Institution of Nature (2012), Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink (2018), and Zoo Veterinarians: Governing Care on a Diseased Planet (2021). Braverman’s book Settling Nature: The Conservation Regime in Palestine-Israel is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press.

Conservation and Settler Colonialism in Palestine-Israel

Nature management is much more central to the settler colonial project than commonly realized. My presentation will pay close attention to the power of the conservation regime in the hands of the Zionist settler state. Exploring the story of the griffon vulture, a biblical species and one of the most important Israeli conservation projects to date, will open a window to seeing the ways in which conservation serves as a colonial technology. I will argue, specifically, that the expansive ecological warfare in Palestine-Israel occurs through a two-pronged protection scheme: the first focuses on the protection of enclosed territory and the second on the protection of wild organisms. At the end of the day, the goals of the Zionist conservation regime are the entrenchment of the Zionist state and the corresponding dispossession of Palestinians. I call the coproductive relationship between nature and the settler state “settler ecologies.”

Mark Neocleous

Mark Neocleous is Professor of the Critique of Political Economy at Brunel University London. He is the author of a number of books, most recently The Politics of Immunity (Verso, 2022), taking his ongoing critique of security and interest in the body politic in a new direction. In 2021, a new edition of A Critical Theory of Police Power was published by Verso, 20 years after first publication. He is currently working on two book projects: one on the logic of pacification, for publication in 2023, and the second on the politics of suicide.

The Most Beautiful Suicide: The Liminality of the Leap

Visit Troms and see the sights. The aurora borealis, the Arctic-alpine botanic garden, the fjords, the Polaria museum, the Arctic Cathedral, the Kuntsmuseum, the Arctic University Museum, the nineteenth century cathedral, the 1789 Skansen House. And of course, the Tromsø bridge. Opened in 1960, the Tromsø bridge is the first cantilever bridge to be built in Norway, spanning over 1000 metres, and is one of the city’s most important landmarks. Tromsø bridge was also once a famous suicide hotspot. People would use the bridge to leap to their death. The bridge in Tromsø was made ‘suicide proof’ in 2005 and there have been no suicides since. Instead, people jump from other bridges.

In the context of a conference on liminalities, the suicide leap is an interesting phenomenon. A person weighing 200 pounds and falling 125 feet (the height of Tromsø bridge at its highest point) would spend around 3 seconds in the air before hitting the water. ‘One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi’, smash. Or, as it appears in the opening of the 1995 film La Haine: ‘So far so good, so far so good, so far so good’, smash. The leap, however long it takes, is perhaps the ultimate liminal space, the space between the no-longer and the not-yet. It behoves us, then, to think about the leap, the jump, the fall. Come to Tromsø and consider the liminality of the leap. Come to Tromsø, to think about the most beautiful suicide.