Seminar at Erasmus University: Squatting and migration into Europe

Regardless of whether or not attempts to manage migration will effective, there are migrants or refugees around who need some form of housing or shelter now. This involves informal solutions that directly or indirectly tie into the decades-old European tradition of urban squatting.

May 20th, 19:30, Lecture Hall Polak 0-06 (Polak Building, Campus Woudestein, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam).

This is the subject of a seminar at Erasmus University, Campus Woudestein, on Friday May 20th. It will consist of a panel debate, with ample opportunities for contributions from the audience. Confirmed participants are Deanna Dadusc, University of Kent and Utrecht University, Miguel A. Martínez, City University of Hong Kong and Pier Mudu, University of Washington – Tacoma. Chair: Hans Pruijt, Erasmus University Rotterdam. The aim is to go in-depth, taking advantage of the experience of participating activists and of the research that various panellists have undertaken, some of which will be published in the book Migration, Squatting and Radical Autonomy: Resistance and Destabilization of Racist Regulatory Policies and B/Ordering mechanisms (Routledge Research in Place, Space and Politics), edited by Pierpaolo Mudu and Sutapa Chattopadhyay.

Questions addressed include

  • How can the European urban squatting experience be applied to informal or semi-formal housing for and by migrants?
  • To what extent is there a top-down helping relationship or horizontal cooperation between migrants and activists?
  • What do European activists expect in terms of self-managing and self-policing behaviour among migrants?
  • Is there a match between the lifestyles that migrants aspire to and activists’ lifestyles? Is there a basis for identification?
  • How do activists handle the dilemma between humanitarian concerns and preservation of the welfare state?

Time and location May 20th, 19:30, Lecture Hall Polak 0-06 (Polak Building, Campus Woudestein, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam).

The Squatting Europe Kollective (SqEK) is a research network focusing on the squatters’ movement. Our aim is to produce reliable and fine-grained knowledge about this movement not only as an end in itself, but also as a public resource, especially for squatters and activists.

This event is part of the 2016 SqEK conference, happening in different venues in Rotterdam.