Property and citizenship in Developing Societies edition:1 location:University of Copenhagen, Denmark date:28-31 May 2013
No single political institution controls space. Neither in recent democracies nor in one-party regimes, or in post-conflict societies, do governments actually wield the control they aspire to exercise. Therefore, people protect their claims by whatever means available in order to solidify access and secure exclusion of others. Actors address different institutions to have claims validated, and they will fashion their claims to land according to the nature of the institution.
Conversely, however, political institutions will attempt to validate certain claims as rights and thus attempt to establish political authority – and sovereignty. The production of property rights in varied forms and the intertwined production of political subjects results in the inclusion and exclusion of people.
The conference invited papers that analyse the assemblages of governing powers and investigate the institutional dynamics of recognition and exclusion and what institutions become the results of these processes. In particular it presented papers that dealt with connections between access to land and resources, and political identity and subjectivity. In this lies a profound question about
state formation. The papers engaged with these questions in rural, peri-urban and urban settings alike.