***Update, 23 March 2020***
We, the organizing team, announce the cancellation of IGJ 2020. We do so with great sadness. The organizational infrastructures and alliances that underpin IGJ 2020 have been built through many, many months of dreaming and working together across the Antipode Foundation, the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA and La Hidra Cooperativa. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of La Hidra Cooperativa, including Melissa Garcia-Lamarca and Mauro Castro who have generously and tirelessly provided vision and sustenance for the institute. We also recognize the labor of our keynote speakers who committed to this endeavor and many participants who applied to the institute.
We had held out hope that there would enough stability by mid-June in order for us to convene IGJ 2020. That hope was less about maintaining academic normalcy and more about the urgent need for housing justice movements to deepen alliances in order to build the world that must follow in the wake of this crisis. While holding any type of significant event in mid-June is now out of reach, the urgent need to advance housing justice through transnational alliances has only become more urgent. It is also clear to us that the neoliberal university is incapable of nurturing the forms of mutual aid and solidarity that are necessary in such catastrophic times; all around us, the masquerade of academic normalcy is exacerbating the lived inequalities of academic life and widening the already vast distance between academia and communities on the frontlines of struggle. The imperative for a shared terrain of movement-based and university-based scholarship that drove the formation of the Housing Justice in Unequal Cities Network and this particular IGJ is also much needed. Put simply, there is much for each of us to do and I hope we can find ways of sharing and connecting that work.
Mauro Castro, Melissa Garcia-Lamarca, Nik Heynen, Maria Kaika, Andy Kent, Marisa Lemorande, Ananya Roy
March 23, 2020
Antipode’s 8th Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ):
“Housing Justice in Unequal Cities”
June 15th-19th 2020
In partnership with the Housing Justice in Unequal Cities Network, the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA, and La Hidra Cooperativa in Barcelona, the Antipode Foundation will convene the 8th Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ) from June 15th to 19th 2020, in Barcelona, Spain. In keeping with the mandate of Antipode, IGJ 2020 will take up questions of research and scholarship in radical geography. In addition, this institute will focus on the theme of housing justice. Learning from housing justice movements in Catalunya and Spain, and strengthening housing justice as a field of inquiry through theory and methodology, the institute will pay close attention to the relationship between radical geography and social justice struggles.
IGJ 2020 builds on the seven past institutes organized by the Antipode Foundation as well as the Summer Institute on Methodologies for Housing Justice organized by the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA in 2019. Taking the form of an interactive workshop with 20-25 participants, it is meant to be a space of learning, collaboration, and dialogue for doctoral students and early career researchers in geography and related disciplines.
Led by Melissa García Lamarca (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability), Nik Heynen (University of Georgia), Maria Kaika (University of Amsterdam), Ananya Roy (University of California, Los Angeles) and La Hidra Cooperativa (Barcelona), IGJ 2020 will include workshop sessions on the present history of housing movements, key debates and methodologies in housing justice, models of radical engagement in housing justice, and the politics and ethics of housing justice research. The Institute will also explore the broader context of academic lives in radical geography with sessions concerned with teaching and pedagogy, academic publishing, and public scholarship. A key part of IGJ 2020 will be the opportunity to learn from housing justice movements in Catalunya and to situate such movements in the present historical conjuncture of global financialization and related mobilizations. Through public plenary sessions and thoughtful engagement with movement-based scholars, the Institute will foreground emergent imaginations and practices of housing justice from tenant unions to social housing to policies of expropriation and redistribution.
Who is Eligible and How to Apply?
IGJ 2020 is open to doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, and recently appointed junior faculty (normally within three years of appointment) who have a demonstrated interest in housing justice.
The Institute participation fee is US$200 for graduate students and US$250 for faculty and postdoctoral researchers. This fee will include accommodations for the week (please note that these might be shared accommodations) and some of the meals during the week of the Institute.
Applications are due by January 10th 2020 and can be found here: https://antipodeonline.org/institute-for-the-geographies-of-justice/apply/
Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by March 1st 2020. Accepted applicants must confirm their participation by March 15th 2020. Limited travel funds will be made available for some applicants through the financial support of the Antipode Foundation.
Further information about the Institute for the Geographies of Justice can be obtained from Nik Heynen at firstname.lastname@example.org