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Dr Brenna Bhandar

BA (Hons) University of Toronto, LLB (University of British Columbia), PhD (Birkbeck School of Law, University of London), called to the Bar of British Columbia.

Overview

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School of Law

Senior Lecturer

Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law

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Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)

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Centre for Ottoman Studies

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Name:
Dr Brenna Bhandar
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4540
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
541
Office Hours:
Tuesday 13:00 to 15:00
On Sabbatical:
Term 2 2014/15

Biography

Prior to joining SOAS, Brenna Bhandar was a lecturer at Kent Law School and Queen Mary School of Law. She has been a visiting lecturer in Canada and South Africa. Her areas of research and teaching include property law, equity and trusts, indigenous land rights, post-colonial and feminist legal theory, multiculturalism and pluralism, critical legal theory, and critical race theory.

On her current research project, she examines techniques of ownership and dispossession in settler colonial contexts. Building on her doctoral research, which focused on theories of recognition and Aboriginal rights, she traces the relationship between the emergence of modern property law and settler colonialism, revealing how emergent forms of value were produced in conjunction with a thoroughly gendered, racial capitalism.  

Another recent research project has culminated in the forthcoming publication of an edited book: Plastic Materialities: legality, politics and metamorphosis in the work of Catherine Malabou (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming), co-edited with Professor Jon Goldberg-Hiller.

Brenna is co-editor of the Routledge Book Series, Law and the Post-Colonial: Ethics, Politics & Economy (with Denise Ferreira da Silva and Mark Harris), and is on the international advisory board of the Law and Society Review.

To view her publications, blogposts and other miscellaneous pieces of work, please see: Academia.edu.

Brenna is happy to supervise doctoral students working in the areas of indigenous rights, law and colonialism, post-colonial, feminist and critical legal theories.

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Dan He, Working Title: Personification of State as ‘Corporation’
  • PhD Research Seminars

Publications

Book Chapters

Bhandar, Brenna (2011) 'The Conceit of Sovereignty: Toward Post-Colonial Technique.' In: Stories Communities: Narratives of Contact and Arrival in Constituting Political Community. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 66-88.

Articles

Bhandar, Brenna (2014) 'Critical Legal Studies and the Politics of Property.' Property Law Review, 3 . pp. 186-194.

Bhandar, Brenna (2012) 'Strategies of Legal Rupture: The Politics of Judgment.' Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice , 30 . pp. 59-78.

Bhandar, Brenna (2011) 'Plasticity and Post-Colonial Recognition: Owning, Knowing and Being.' Law and Critique, 22 (3). pp. 227-249.

Bhandar, Brenna (2009) 'The Ties That Bind: Multiculturalism and Secularism Reconsidered.' Journal of Law and Society, 36 (3). pp. 301-326.

Bhandar, Brenna (2007) 'Recovering the Limits of Recognition: The Politics of Difference and Decolonisation in John Borrows' Recovering Canada: The Resurgence of Indigenous Law.' Australian Feminist Law Journal, 27 . pp. 125-151.

Bhandar, Brenna (2004) 'Anxious Reconciliation(s): unsettling foundations and spatialising history.' Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 22 . pp. 831-845.

Conference or Workshop Items

Bhandar, Brenna (2014) Title By Registration: instituting property and conjuring racial value in the settler colony. In: Paper on Title by Registration as a technique of dispossession. (Forthcoming)

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