Projects per year
I am a socio-legal property scholar contributing to related but distinctive research areas:
- Cultural property: This work has been mainly developed around legal anthropology and I have developed new understandings of legal pluralism and customary law of indigenous peoples in the area of cultural property. I have conducted for over 15 years multi-site ethnography in 4 Southern African countries across 6 different San language groups.
- Property theory and ethics: I have developed a Levinasian based property theory which I have conceptualise as property as generosity. In this work, I engage extensively with continental philosophy, besides Levinas, I also draw upon Jacques Derrida. Methodologically, I use phenomenology through literary studies with a strong focus on postcolonial literature which I apply to different concepts of property.
- Property frontiers: I critique the extension of liberal property discourses into new and accelerated property regimes with a specific focus on outer space and the common heritage principle. This research is methodologically strongly embedded in literary studies with a very strong focus on AfricanFUTURISM, ecocriticism and science fiction. Increasingly this work also extends to visual and performative art, including curating, commissioning and developing site-specific arts.
- Materialities of property: This body of work engages methodologically with feminist posthumanism, eco-philosophy and speculative philosophy and I apply this to new property regimes in the area of microbes, deep seabed and fugitive natural resources.
Visiting Fellow, Rhodes University1 Sep 2020 → …
Visiting Scholar, University of Edinburgh1 Sep 2014 → 23 Dec 2014
Visiting scholar, University of California, Berkeley15 Aug 2013 → 23 Dec 2013
1/01/21 → 31/03/21
Project: Knowledge Exchange
MICROB-COM Microbial Commons: Building a legal instrument for farmers rights on agricultural microbial resources H2020 MCSA-IF2019
1/05/20 → 30/04/22
Project: Research Fellowship
Vermeylen, S., 1 Dec 2019, In: Local Environment : The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 24, 2, p. 89-93 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › EditorialOpen AccessFile3 Citations (Scopus)4 Downloads (Pure)
Vermeylen, S., 31 Jan 2017, In: Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 107, 1, p. 167-182 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Citations (Scopus)21 Downloads (Pure)