"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)
Geographies of Forced Eviction: Dispossession, Violence, Insecurity
Call for Papers: Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual Conference, London, 27-29 August 2014.
Katherine Brickell, Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London; Melissa Fernandez, LSE London, London School of Economics and Political Science; & Alex Vasudevan, School of Geography, University of Nottingham.
(Sponsored by Geographies of Justice Research Group and under review with Urban Geography Research Group)
Forced eviction, claims UN-Habitat (2011: viii), is a ‘global phenomenon’ and ‘global crisis’. Figures published by the agency indicate that during the 2000s at least 15 million people globally were forcibly evicted. Forced evictions are ‘when people are forced out of their homes and off their land against their will, with little notice or none at all, often with the threat or use of violence’ (Amnesty International: 2012, p.2). Today, forced evictions in the name of ‘progress’ are attracting heightened attention as growing numbers of people in the Global South are ejected and dispossessed from their homes, often through intimidation, coercion and the use of violence. At the same time, we have also witnessed the intensification of a ‘crisis’ urbanism in the Global North characterized by new forms of social inequality, heightened housing insecurity and violent displacement. These developments have led to an explosion of forced evictions supported by new economic, political and legal mechanisms. At this apposite time then, the session aims to explore forced evictions as ‘geographies that wound’ (Philo, 2005), and to consider what Geographers can offer to inform understanding of, and action against, this violation of the most basic of necessities.
Abstracts are invited which provide cutting-edge research on forced eviction in the Global North and/or South. Themes could include (but are not limited to):
• (Differentiated) dynamics, experiences and outcomes of forced eviction
• Forced eviction and rights infringements
• Forced eviction, resistance and housing activism
• Logics and theories of dispossession
• Emotional geographies of forced eviction
• ‘Root shock’ (Fullilove 2004) and ‘the wound’
• Home-unmaking and domicide
• Displacement and memory politics
• Homelessness and ‘resettlement’
• Development discourse and practice
• Urban (re)development
• (Geo)politics of forced eviction
• Bio-power and governance
• Forced eviction and the geolegal
• Historical geographies of forced eviction
• Postcolonial geographies of forced eviction
• Scholar activism
• Critical methodological reflections on research practice
We are looking for abstracts of 300 words to be sent to ALL session convenors by Monday 3rd February 2014 (Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org/ M.Fernandez1@lse.ac.uk/ Alexander.Vasudevan@nottingham.ac.uk ). A special journal issue is planned from the session(s). Please indicate in your email if you would like to be part of this.
Philo C (2005) The Geographies that Wound. Population, Space and Place 11(6): 441-454.
Fullilove M (2004) Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighbourhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do about It, New York: One World.
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) (2011) Forced Evictions: Global Crisis, Global Solution. Nairobi: UN-HABITAT.