LANDac call for abstracts: Land governance and (im)mobility


LANDac is pleased to announce that we are now accepting abstract submissions for our Annual International Conference 2018.

The 2018 conference takes the land-mobilities nexus as a starting point and focuses on the multiple ways in which land acquisitions feed into processes of mobility and the ways in which mobilities generate land claims. On one side of the equation, land  acquisitions trigger the inflows or outflows of people into particular areas, generate other mobilities (of capital, goods, and ideas etc.) and (re-)shape land claims. While land acquisitions may offer new livelihood possibilities and attract new groups of people, they also often lead to evictions and other forms of displacement and dispossession which affects people’s access to land and land tenure security and ultimately violating people’s ‘right to remain’. Resettlement policies in turn may negatively affect the land rights of other groups. On the other side of the equation, migration generates new and overlapping claims in localities that offer relative security and economic possibilities. Urbanization and the rapid and uneven growth of populations in rural settings present considerable land governance challenges. 


We now call for the submission of abstract proposals. For abstract proposals, use the following template. Abstracts should include:

  • Title of paper
  • Name, affiliation and contact details of presenter
  • Panel to participate in
  • Abstract of maximum 300 words

Abstract proposals should be received before 1 April 2018 and must be submitted, in English, via email to:

LANDac also welcomes other innovative and original ideas; if you have other suggestions for materials to present or exhibit at the conference – such as short films, interactive websites, photos, posters – please contact the organisers at

An impartial selection committee will review submissions. Successful applicants will be notified in the course of April 2018.

Please note that registration for the conference is open. Registration costs are €150, including food and drinks (€75 for BSc and MSc students upon proof of a valid student ID). We regret that LANDac is unable to cover participant expenses. You can submit your registration through the following application link:

The conference will be followed by the Annual LANDac and Utrecht University Summer School Land Governance for Development, which will take place in Utrecht from July 2-13, 2018. For more information, and to register, please visit the Utrecht Summer School website.