Radical housing (dis)encounters:
Reframing housing research and praxis
Andrea Gibbons, Camila Cociña, Felicia Berryessa-Erich, Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa García-Lamarca, Rowan Tallis Milligan, with Mara Ferreri
Keywords: radical housing encounters, translocal research, ethics of care, methodology
We came to this issue before the outbreak of Covid-19, and we release it amidst what feels like an entirely new, and yet also entirely known world-order—a place of multiple and multiplying crises that existed before the pandemic and continue, relentlessly, to render certain people, bodies and homes disposable. It is against this cruelty, but also with a renewed sense of radical hope in justice everywhere, that RHJ first came to be. The majority of contributions to Issue 2.2 emerge from a long process of designing and selecting participants for the event Radical Housing Encounters: translocal conversations on knowledge and praxis. This event was meant to take place in person, in three separate locations simultaneously, at the end of May 2020. Through it, we sought to define and re-define radical housing knowledge and practice, paying particular attention to diverse methodological, theoretical and ethical approaches deployed in both research and militant practice around the globe. While disappointed that the event could not take place as originally planned, its rationale and ethics of care are central to the making of this issue and are reflected in the texts of its contributors as well as the process of organising the issue.
// Cover photograph by Alize Arican.