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Episode 211: Colonial Lives of Property — with Brenna Bhandar

April 25, 2023
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This week on Below The Radar, Am Johal is joined by author and associate professor at the Allard Law School at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Brenna Bhandar. 

She and Am discuss her research into property, property law, and their relationships to histories of colonialism and racial formations. Brenna offers insight into her book Colonial Lives of Property: Law, Land, and Racial Regimes of Ownership. Brenna also talks about gaining an interest concerning the issues of Indigenous dispossession in Canada through her PhD research which was a critique of legal and political forms of recognition, as well as her future projects on property and the doctrine of preemption. 


About Our Guest

Brenna Bhandar

Dr. Brenna Bhandar is Associate Professor at Allard Law Faculty, UBC. Previously, she was Reader in Law and Critical Theory at SOAS, University of London. 

She also previously held faculty positions at the Queen Mary School of Law, Kent Law School and the University of Reading Law School, as well as visiting appointments at L’École des hautes études en science sociales (Paris) and the Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law (South Africa). Brenna earned a BA (Hons.) in South Asian Studies and History from the University of Toronto, her LLB at UBC, and was called to the Bar of British Columbia after clerking at the BC Court of Appeal and articling with Arvay Finlay. The recipient of numerous graduate scholarships, she completed her PhD at Birkbeck School of Law, University of London.

Brenna’s research and teaching broadly lie within the fields of property studies and legal theory, spanning the disciplines of property law, critical theory, colonial legal history and critical race feminism. Her book Colonial Lives of Property: Law Land and Racial Regimes of Ownership was published in 2018 with Duke University Press, and the co-edited book (with Rafeef Ziadah) Revolutionary Feminisms: Conversations on Collective Action and Radical Thought was published in 2020 with Verso. She has published widely in various leading academic journals. She is regularly invited to deliver plenary and keynote addresses at academic venues around the globe, and in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary settings.

Cite This Episode

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Johal, Am. “Colonial Lives of Property — with Brenna Bhandar.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, April 25, 2023.


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