UCL European Institute


Squatting in East and West Europe

13 June 2016, 12:00 am

Squatting in Western Europe

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13 June 2016 
A workshop for graduate students, postgrads and established scholars on patterns of squatting in western and eastern Europe.

Monday, 13 June 2016

16 Taviton Street
Room 432

By invitation, but some spaces still available. Register your interest with Udo Grashoff.

In Western Europe squatting is often perceived as part of the 'new social movements' that have grown up since the Sixties. In this workshop, the West European pattern (if there is one) will be confronted with examples from the other side of the 'Iron Curtain'. Why and how was informal housing possible in the Soviet bloc? So far, we know very little about this subject; indeed, it is often assumed that there was practically no squatting in communist dictatorships. This workshop will collect knowledge, and identify research gaps regarding Eastern Europe, so as to open up new perspectives by East-West comparisons. 


9:00 Welcome
9:15 Panel 1
  Hans  Pruijt: Using a typology of squatting projects 
  E.T.C. Dee: Hidden histories of squatting in Rotterdam
  Thomas Aguilera: Division but survival of the squatting movement(s) in Paris
11:00 Panel 2
  Tatiana Golova: Squatting in Leningrad/St. Petersburg as an informal housing practice
  Georgia Wells: The 'Wild' Warsaw. Informal, illegal and semi-legal house construction under socialism
12:30 Lunch
13:45 Panel 3
  Jakob Warnecke: Illegal housing and poverty in Potsdam before/after 1990
  Anna Ross: Inhabiting the Local. Photographing Neighbourhoods in the Post-War Germanies, 1970-1985
15:30 Panel 4
  Mariya Ivancheva: Roma housing in (post)-socialist Sofia
  Mariya Ivancheva and Stefan Krastev: Eyes wide shut. The role of the state in practices of occupation in Sofia and Caracas
17:00 Reception

This workshop is funded under the European Institute's Small Grants Scheme.