Introducing the Radical Housing Journal: Launch of Issue 1 and Scholar-Activist Work from Forthcoming Issues (Part I)

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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Erin McElroy
Chairs: Michele Lancione


This double session organized by three editors of the newly-formed Radical Housing Journal (RHJ) will introduce the journal, and feature content from contributors of its forthcoming issues. The RHJ was born out of a desire to bring together theoretically and politically relevant knowledge of housing issues and forms of organizing, speaking to (and through) academics and non-academics, grassroots activists, practitioners, and policy-makers. We are invested in antiracist, feminist, decolonial, anticapitalist, and relational scholarship, and here are interested in discussing the politics of academic and non-academic publishing, and in hearing about the experiences of colleagues involved in similar projects. The papers from the first issue, which will be launched to coincide with the 2019 conference, focus on the 2008 economic crisis as a turning point for housing struggle and housing movements across the world, albeit in very diverse ways. Papers and retrospectives traverse Manila, Puerto Rico, Paris, Toronto, Detroit, Sao Paulo, and beyond. The second issue interrogates the structures, subjectivities, struggles and experiences of rent, again from a wide range of perspectives, methods and geographies. We will also include two pieces from Romania and the US that will be featured in the third issue, that speak to the importance of producing eviction data and knowledge around the struggles of communities most impacted by gentrification. We hope to bring these authors and activists together to share their work and set future goals, not only for housing movement building across borders, but also for critical housing scholarship in general. Organized by Erin McElroy, Michele Lancione, and Felicia Berryessa-Erich.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Michele Lancione 5 8:00 AM
Introduction Erin McElroy University of California - Santa Cruz 5 8:05 AM
Presenter Hazel Dizon*, York University, Philippine Housing Takeover: How the Urban Poor Claimed their Right to Shelter 18 8:10 AM
Presenter Josh Akers*, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dine Butler, CUNY, Eric C Seymour, Brown University, Wade Rathke, ACORN International, Liquid tenancy: Community Organizing Post-Crisis and New Forms of Resistance 18 8:28 AM
Presenter Mehedi Khan*, York University, Douglas Young, York University, When “Just Right” is Not Right: Pushing Back Against Austerity in Toronto 18 8:46 AM
Presenter 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, How the Roma are fighting back: An Antipode Scholar-Activist project on housing resistance in Romania 18 9:04 AM
Presenter Bjarke Risager*, University of Toronto, Resistance to displacement, recomposition of class: Lessons from a rent strike in Hamilton, Ontario 18 9:22 AM

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