Panel 6. Housing and inhabitation: situated geographies of intersectional struggles
- Professor Michele Lancione, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK.
- Ana Vilenica, Politecnico di Torino | polito · DIST – Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Italy.
- Margherita Grazioli, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Urban Studies at the Social Sciences Unit, Grand Sasso Science Institute, Italy.
Three interlocking processes are redefining what it means to inhabit the planet and its cities: Rising
and expansive urbanisation (+2.8 billion people living in cities by 2050); widespread unequal access
to decent and secure dwellings (1.6 billion people currently living in inadequate housing, and millions violently evicted every year globally); and responses by local communities in the face of these processes (in struggles that often include intersecting racial and gender injustices, violent bordering practices, problems of climate change and its management, and other paradigmatic challenges of our time). In this session, we are interested in hosting cutting-edge contributions confronting these processes and questioning the intersection of ‘housing’ and ‘inhabitation’. How are urbanites re-doing inhabitation through mundane struggles against historical and contemporary forms of dispossession? We are particularly keen to hear from scholars who transcend the remit of conventional ‘comparative’ urban approaches, and those who go beyond the rubric of Western literatures and approaches for registering and understanding ‘housing struggles’ (Lancione, 2020; Simone, 2018; Oswin, 2020). To discuss and appreciate the propositional politics of struggles tackling housing as a gateway for wider forms of liberation, a situated understanding of history, power-geometries and longitudinal forms of dispossession is required (Massey, 1994; Roy, 2017; Rolnik, 2019). We welcome contributors who propose works that are both grounded empirically and historically/geographically, and we will give prominence to those writing from the margins of Anglophone academia. Particular attention will be paid to works grounded in decolonial, critical race, feminist and queer approaches to urban and housing struggles. Key themes of this session include:
- Empirically grounded conceptualisation of the contemporary struggle for inhabitation.
- Historical reconstructions of intersectional urban housing struggles.
- Ethnographic account of forms of racialised dispossession and related politics of resistance.
Session organisers will work toward the preparation of a special issue on these themes for a leading
international journal in urban geography. To this end, and to facilitate meaningful conversation among participants, contributors commit to sending us full draft papers at least two weeks in advance of the conference. We offer help to non-native English speakers for production of their full papers. The papers in this session will be considered for a special issue in the Radical Housing Journal.
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