We would like to welcome you to this, the first newsletter of the recently reconstituted International Research Group on law and Urban Space (IRGLUS). You are receiving this newsletter because you were at some time a member of a past incarnation of IRGLUS or because you have in recent months expressed interest in being kept abreast of its activities.
As many of you will know, IRGLUS was formed in 1993, aiming to gather academics from diverse backgrounds – jurists, geographers, sociologists, political scientists, urban planners, and environmentalists - who are conducting research or are interested in the interface between law and urbanisation. IRGLUS’s initial goal was to encourage socio-legal research in urban legal studies, as well as to organise international workshops for the presentation and dissemination of relevant research projects and findings.
While it has become somewhat dormant in recent years, it was decided to revive the international activities of IRGLUS in 2012, under our global co-ordinatorship. Meanwhile, the IRGLUS Working Group of the International Sociological Association continues to be managed by IRGLUS founding member Antonio Azuela.
Over the last year or so, IRGLUS’ prime mode of communication has been through an internet mailing list hosted through Yahoo Groups. However, recent months have seen the addition of an IRGLUS Facebook page, which is regularly updated by IRGLUS founding member Edesio Fernandes (with some less regular help from ourselves).
This newsletter is intended to become IRGLUS’ prime mode of news and event-related communication, and will be sent to all subscribers on a bi-monthly basis. In addition to this, the Facebook page will feature news as well as links, writing and comment on current events pertaining to law and urban space and anything else that we find interesting or noteworthy.
Moreover, we are proud to announce the launch of IRGLUS’ website, to be found at www.irglus.org . While it is still in an initial and incomplete stage, the website will be the main suppository of information about IRGLUS as a group and its official events and communications.
As you will notice from some of the stories featured here, the field of aw and urban space is becoming increasingly populated and we are therefore excited to invite you to be a part of IRGLUS’ re-awakening.
Enjoy the read!
Thomas Coggin and Marius Pieterse