How to rethink Anglo-American urban theories through Swedish and French lenses?
Thursday 3rd Dec. & Friday 4th Dec. 2015
Campus de Champs-sur-Marne, Cité Descartes, Bâtiment Bienvenüe, Marne-la-Vallée
Most of urban theory is developed within Anglo-American contexts. But Sweden and France are two countries where the State was traditionally very strong and active in housing policy and urban development. This workshop aims at rethinking Anglo-American urban theory in the light of Swedish and French research, especially about neoliberalism, gentrification, housing policy and markets, planning theory and everyday resistance.
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HOUSING, THE CITY AND JUSTICE
Organised by the FORMAS strong research platform CRUSH (www.crushproject.se
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Course code: KSUS012
This course seeks to explore in what ways the Nordic and European housing markets are assuming a dysfunctional state, and what politics and policies can be implemented to solve this. In northern Europe, the acute housing shortage is a fact, while southern European countries are facing a systematic wave of foreclosures and evictions in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Meanwhile, housing prices and rent levels in major urban centres are skyrocketing, and throughout Europe ever larger chunks of affordable rental stock are systematically bought, renovated and put back on the market at significantly higher prices. The increasing shortage of affordable (rental) accommodation leads to acute housing problems for low-income families, young people, single parents, old people, and immigrants with a weak economy, even though many international declarations and national constitutions guarantee the right to housing. The housing market appears to be characterized by a classic implementation deficit: everybody agrees that a healthy housing market is a vital component of a well-functioning city, but nobody appears to know how to achieve such an outcome through planning or other social processes. Meanwhile, developers, landlords and the real estate sector call for yet another round of deregulation to stimulate the housing market, while people have started to organize themselves to resist evictions and fight renovation projects. The course investigates economic, political and social perspectives on the global housing crisis, and it emphasises alternative strategies for housing. This will be pursued through three sessions of two to three days in Uppsala, Lund and Malmö with lectures, seminars and excursions to places where ‘the housing question’ becomes very visible.
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CRUSH people are involved in three differet calls for papers for the upcomming AAG (Association of American Geographers) meeting in March-April of 2016.
CFP #1: Reimagining the urban: Hopeful trajectories for remaking the city
Organisers: Ragnhild Claesson (Malmö University, Sweden), Zahra Hamidi (Malmö University, Sweden), Vítor Peiteado Fernández (Malmö University, Sweden; Roskilde University, Denmark)
CFP #2: Narrating displacement: Lived experiences of urban social and spatial exclusion
Organisers: Jacob Lind (Malmö University, Sweden); Emil Pull (Malmö University, Sweden; Roskilde University, Denmark); Ioanna Tsoni (Malmö University, Sweden)
CFP #3: Towards a theoretical ceasefire? Empirical inquiries into the making of urban injustices and conflicts
Organisers: Malin Mc Glinn (Malmö University, Sweden), Maria Persdotter (Malmö University, Sweden; Roskilde University, DK)
Click below to read the calls in full.
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