Housing Justice in #UnequalCities Launch Conference

Los Angeles, California
January 31 – February 2, 2019

Conference Highlights

Conference Program

January 31, 2019 | 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Los Angeles Community Action Network | 838 E. 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

“Let’s Get Free!” Struggles for Housing and Land in a Global Perspective

Reception & Cultural Performance:
Caroline Calderon, DJ & Talaam Acey, poet

Opening Remarks:
Pete White, Los Angeles Community Action Network

James DeFilippis, Rutgers University
The Potential and Limits of Community Land Trusts

Maria Kaïka, University of Amsterdam
Mortgaged Lives: The Biopolitics of Household Debt in Spain and Greece

Erin McElroy, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
On the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project: The Politics, Ethics, and Methods of Mapping Gentrification and Resistance

Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, Brown University
Police, Displacement and Black Women’s Resistance

Spanish translation provided by Antena, a language justice advocacy collective.

February 1, 2019 | 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs | 337 Charles E. Young Drive East Los Angeles, CA 90095

9:00-10:00 am. Research Justice in Unequal Cities
Opening Remarks:
Ananya Roy, UCLA

Sophie Oldfield, University of Cape Town (via Zoom)
In Everyday City Struggles: Experiments in Collaborative Research

Terra Graziani and Hilary Malson, UCLA
Praxis: Reflection + Action

10:00-11:30 am. Rent and Property
Chair: Michael Lens, UCLA

Nicholas Blomley, Simon Fraser University
Rent, Precarity, and Property Relations

Gilda Haas, LA Coop Lab
Beyond Extraction

Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink
When Renters Rise, Cities Thrive: Building New Frames and Data to Power the Renter Movement

11:45 am-1:15 pm. Racial Banishment
Chair: Kelly Lytle Hernandez, UCLA

Nik Heynen, University of Georgia
“Ruins of a Great House”: Re-Earthing the Plantation and the Struggle for the Abolitionist Commons

Rahim Kurwa, University of Illinois, Chicago
The New “Man in the House” Rules: The Central Role of Gender and Family in the Policing of Housing Vouchers

Laura Pulido, University of Oregon
The Cultural Memory of Dispossession

2:00-3:30 pm. Circuits of Carcerality and Financialization
Chair: Hannah Appel, UCLA

Desiree Fields, University of Sheffield
Financialization and Racial Capitalism After the Crisis

Hamid Khan, Stop LAPD Spying
Data Driven Displacement

Toussaint Losier, University of Massachusetts, Amherst/Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign
“To Tell the Whole Wide World This is Peoples’ Territory”: Human Rights and Housing Decommodification in the Praxis of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign

3:45-5:30 pm. Why a Global Research Network? Theory, Activism, Pedagogy
Chair: Eric Sheppard, UCLA

Raquel Rolnik, University of São Paulo
Displacements and Emplacements in Metropolitan São Paulo: Echoing Voices and Inventing Counter Narratives

Tony Roshan Samara, Urban Habitat/Right to the City Alliance
Translocal Productions of Knowledge and Power

Tracy Rosenthal, LA Tenants Union
School of Echoes, The Making of the L.A. Tenants Union, or 101 Reasons You Can’t Do Politics Alone

Gautam Bhan, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
Imagining “Global” Collaborations within the Southern Urban Question

5:30-6:30 pm: Reception
3rd floor Commons, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs