Tenant organizing, scholar activism, and global south perspectives as alternative infrastructures of knowledge production
Alejandra Reyes, Ana Vilenica, Erin McElroy, Hung-Ying Chen, Michele Lancione, Samantha Thompson and Solange Muñoz
This issue of RHJ offers a range of perspectives, analyses and themes to understand the many challenges that dwellers face when confronting and struggling for access to housing. Embedded within it, we present two special issues, one on tenant organizing and resistance, and a second on urban activist scholarship. We also include numerous conversations on COVID-19 and related housing struggles in the Global South.
Cover photo: Michele Lancione
Michael Beltran with Hung-Ying Chen, and Ana Vilenica
Elisa Sutanudjaja and AbdouMaliq Simone with Michele Lancione, Hung Ying Chen
Lucía Cavallero, Florencia Presta and Verónica Gago with Ana Vilenica, Solange Muñoz
Mona Fawaz, Mona Harb, Karim Nammour, Farah Salka with Michele Lancione, Ana Vilenica
Taibat Lawanson, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, Deji Akinpelu with Ana Vilenica, Michele Lancione, Samantha Thompson
Maria Carolina Maziveiro with Alejandra Reyes and Erin McElroy
River Honer and Leerstand Hab Ich Saath
Autonomous Tenants Union Network
ETICity – Exploring Territories, Imaging the City
Lucero Garcia Mondragon and THRIVE Santa Ana CLT Board Member
Ana Vilenica, Vladimir Mentus, Tanja Šljivar, Petra Murić (Združena akcija Krov nad glavom/the Roof)
In 2019 we organized a conference casting light on the housing crisis and especially on the historical and contemporary organization of tenants to contest housing inequalities. By placing housing struggles and tenants’ organization at the centre of the debate we aimed at exposing and politicizing current capitalist development and, hopefully, at proposing a different view of how housing can be organized and imagined by discussing how resistance can be used, with what effects and how it can be connected to other struggles. This special issue is a result of this conference dealing with tenants’ organization in different contexts examining how tenants organize(d), why and what could be learned from it. In this introducing text we give an overview of this field of research by asking why tenants’ mobilizations are important to study, what is still under-studied in the field and which perspectives are important to raise in future research.
Cover photo: Erin McElroy
Dominika V. Polanska and Åse Richard
Tom Youngman and Laura Barrio
Following a conference on Urban activism in 2019 and an article on activist*scholarship published in the last issue of this journal, we present here a reflection on how the recent convergence of housing activism and urban scholarship can contribute to articulate a new form of producing knowledge for action. The consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated many of the elements that were already stimulating outburst of rebellion throughout the world; the role of activist*scholars may be crucial to connect and convey local episodes into a global view, and way, for change.
Cover photo: Max Rabus and Patrick Daniels
City Life/Vida Urbana, and Manissa M. Maharawal and Erin McElroy of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
Dominic T. Moulden
Michael Herzfeld and Loretta Lees