Public event with socio-legal scholar Mariana Valverde: "Chronotopes of Law and Multi-scalar Governance: New Contexts", May 20 at 4 pm

The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies is hosting the public event "Chronotopes of Law and Multi-scalar Governance: New Contexts" with socio-legal scholar Mariana Valverde, on May 20 at 4:00 - 5:30 pm. The event is presented by Karen Knop, the Collegium's Jane and Aatos Erkko Visiting Professor in Studies on Contemporary Society.

When: Thursday, May 20, at 4:00 - 5:30 PM (Finnish time, EET)

Where: Online on Zoom. After registration, you will automatically receive a link.


Please register by May 20 at 12 pm.


Chronotopes of Law and Multi-scalar Governance: New Contexts

Mariana Valverde (Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto) in discussion with Jeremy Gould (Social Anthropology, Helsinki), Jan Klabbers (Faculty of Law, Helsinki) and Karen Knop (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies)

In her celebrated book Chronotopes of Law: Jurisdiction, Scale and Governance, leading socio-legal scholar Mariana Valverde develops a new framework for analyzing the spatio-temporal workings of law and other forms of governance. Valverde’s innovative approach adapts philosopher and literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin’s notion of the “chronotope” to law and brings into relation with one another diverse research traditions, including anthropological approaches to legal temporality and studies of law and space by geographers.

Professor Valverde will speak about chronotopes of law and how to theorize multi-scalar governance, followed by a discussion with three University of Helsinki professors who bring her ideas to bear on new contexts: postcolonialism, international organizations and transnational justice.

Short bio:

Mariana Valverde is a professor at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, where she also holds courtesy cross-appointments to the Faculty of Law and the Department of Geography and Planning. She is a former director of the Centre and founder of the Sexual Diversity Studies Program at the University of Toronto. Professor Valverde is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, two-time winner of the Law and Society Association’s Herbert Jacobs Book Prize for a major contribution to socio-legal scholarship, and recipient of the Association’s Harry J. Kalven Jr. Award in recognition of “empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society.”

Professor Valverde’s main research interests are currently urban law and governance (historically and in the present) and, at the theoretical level, Foucault, sexuality studies, theories of spatio-temporality, and actor-network theory. Her books include Law and Order: Signs, Meanings, Myths; Law’s Dream of a Common Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 2003), Everyday Law on the Streets: City Governance in an Age of Diversity (University of Chicago Press, 2012), The Age of Light, Soap, and Water: Moral Reform in English Canada 1880s-1920s (2nd ed., University of Toronto Press, 2008), Sex, Power and Pleasure (Women’s Press, 1995) and, most recently, Michel Foucault (Routledge, 2017).

Jeremy Gould is a socio-legal ethnographer with a passion for political theory. His research interrogates the interface of law and politics in postcolonial Africa.

Jan Klabbers is a Professor of International Law and scholar of international organizations. His new research project PRIVIGO, funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant, investigates the tension between intergovernmental organizations and the private sector.

Karen Knop is the Jane and Aatos Erkko Visiting Professor in Studies on Contemporary Society, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include international law and gender, and she has published on space, time and historical injustice in the context of the “Comfort Women” issue.

The event is organized by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and the Erik Castrén Institute at UH.


More information:

Research Coordinator Kaisa Kaakinen, +358 2 94122493,




Social-legal scholar Mariana Valverde

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law