PhD Workshop “Explorations in Critical Legal Geographies”

The workshop brings together 15 PhD students with a variety of backgrounds (legal, geographical, political, sociological, anthropological, urban studies, and so on), whose doctoral thesis speaks to critical legal-geographical debates. The workshop offers participants a forum to contribute to their research development in a cross/transdisciplinary manner and an opportunity to create synergies across the legal-geographical spectrum.

Themes and rationale

This workshop is conceived as a meeting to reflect on the methodologies, discourses, theories, and practices characterising the legal-geographical entanglement. This workshop is an integral part of the First Annual Critical Legal Geography Conference; therefore, all the participants selected for the workshop are also encouraged to submit to (or take part in) the conference.
The aim of the workshop is to explore the main topics of the conference (as listed above) by focusing on the research methodologies and design. The workshop is thus aimed at providing support and training to early career scholars who are examining legal-geographical themes and questions.


The 4-hour workshop will be organised as an event within the First Annual Critical Geography Conference on 21 February 2024. It will have an interactive format to facilitate communication and debates between PhD students, who are expected to engage in active participation before, during, and after the workshop. The detailed programme of the workshop will be circulated following selection of the candidates.

How to apply

To apply for the workshop, please submit the following to [email protected] and [email protected] by 15 October 2013:

  • Abstract of the doctoral thesis (max. 500 words);
  • PhD program where the candidate is currently enrolled;
  • Essay (3,000-3,500 words) where the candidate must clearly state: the research question(s); main topics and arguments; the structure of the research; the proposed methodology; the state of the art; salient topics, arguments, and doubts they might want to discuss during the workshop; Candidates should also refer to the scale (geographical, legal, sociological, etc.) within which the research is being conducted.
    Applications will be assessed by the Steering Committee of the conference. The assessment of the essay will be based on the originality of the argument, the analytical approach, and references to the academic literature on the topic.
    No fee is required to take part in the PhD workshop.
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