In partnership with the Housing Justice in Unequal Cities Network, UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy, and La Hidra Cooperativa in Barcelona, the Antipode Foundation convened the 8th Institute for the Geographies of Justice (IGJ) from June 13th to 17th 2022, in Barcelona, Spain. In keeping with the mandate of Antipode, IGJ 2022 took up questions of research and scholarship in radical geography. In addition, this institute focused on the theme of housing justice. Learning from housing justice movements in Barcelona, and strengthening housing justice as a field of inquiry through theory and methodology, the institute paid close attention to the relationship between radical geography and social justice struggles.
IGJ 2022 buillt on the seven past institutes organized by the Antipode Foundation as well as the Summer Institute on Methodologies for Housing Justice organized by the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy in 2019. Taking the form of an interactive workshop with 20-25 participants, IGJ is meant to be a space of learning, collaboration, and dialogue for doctoral students and early career researchers in geography and related disciplines. IGJ 2022 was 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 Kaïka (University of Amsterdam), Ananya Roy (University of California, Los Angeles), Carme Arcarazo (Barcelona Tenants Union), and Jaime Palomera (La Hidra Cooperativa).
IGJ 2022 Public Program
Habitatge: Regular o Exproriar? Berlin, New York, Glasgow, Barcelona Respond was a public panel discussion which brought together local and international organizers speaking about housing justice movements in Barcelona, Berlin, Glasgow, and New York. The conversation focused on the impacts of the global financialization of housing and the potential for creating and organizing across a transnational housing justice movement.
- Read Housing Justice, Mobilization, and Financialization: A Conversation From the Antipode Institute for Geographies of Justice the collaborative article about the public program co-authored by IGJ 2022 participants Sonja Coquelin, Joanna Kusiak, Jaime Palomera, Samuel Stein, Rae Baker, Emanuele Belotti, Aysegul Can, and Elsa Noterman via the Radical Housing Journal.
IGJ 2022 Highlights
- 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.
- Workshop sessions concerned with teaching and pedagogy, academic publishing, and public scholarship exploring the broader context of academic lives in radical geography.
- Public plenary sessions and thoughtful engagement with movement-based scholars foregrounding emergent imaginations and practices of housing justice from tenant unions to social housing to policies of expropriation and redistribution.
- View photos of the IGJ 2022 public program and field trips which gave participants the opportunity to learn from local housing justice movements in Barcelona and beyond.
IGJ 2022 Participants
University of Victoria
University of Sheffield
University of Cincinnati
Politecnico di Milano
Istanbul Medeniyet University
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
University of California, Irvine
Maya S. Kearney
Encampment Support Network
Toronto Metropolitan University
University of Cambridge
Marina Sanders Paolinelli
Federal University of Minas Gerais
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Community Service Society of New York
National University of Ireland, Galway
University of California, Santa Cruz
Haris (Charalampos) Tsavdaroglou
University of Amsterdam
IGJ 2022 Facilitators
Barcelona Tenants Union
University of Georgia
University of Amsterdam
Melissa García Lamarca
Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability
La Hidra Cooperativa
University of Buffalo, SUNY
Los Angeles Community Action Network