Research Spotlight: Many Lives of Land Land has many dimensions and trajectories, or lives. It is home, history, memory and ancestry. It may be considered sacred. It is territory to be contested, demarcated and secured. It is politics. Land is property over which we have state-adjudicated rights. It is also governed through sometimes violent powers of access, exclusion, possession and dispossession. Land is materially dynamic, with the boundaries between water, air and land being fluid. Above all, land is nature.