How the Roma are fighting back: An Antipode Scholar-Activist project on housing resistance in Romania

Authors: Veda Popovici*, FCDL (Common front for the right to housing), Michele Lancione, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield, Erin McElRoy , Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Topics: Social Geography, Urban Geography, East Europe
Keywords: Housing resistance, Activism, Antipode, Romania, Bucharest, Restitution, Roma people
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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In this presentation we will give an overview of our common project around housing resistance in Romania, which received the support of the Antipode Foundation. The project aims to produce a grassroot book (in Romanian and English) to inspire resistance and organising in Roma communities facing forced evictions in Eastern Europe and beyond. The book will be based around the diary of an evicted Roma woman and activist, contextualised through the intersectional history of housing struggles in the country. Because of our activist networks, the volume will be used in workshops with communities facing evictions in Romania and Europe. The final goal is to increase the level of politicisation and awareness of racially dispossessed Roma communities, thereby enabling future resistance against displacement. The project is a joint effort of a number of scholars and activists belonging to the Common Front for the Right to Housing (FCDL), a grassroot group based in Bucharest. In this presentation we will also reflect on the challenges and opportunities of collaborative academic-activist work.

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