About the Institute

Antipode’s 8th Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ):
“Housing Justice in Unequal Cities”
Barcelona, Spain
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 nheynen@uga.edu