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Comparative Approaches to Illegal Housing across the Globe

June 22, 2017 - June 23, 2017
School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London

Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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Research on illegal housing is still fragmented. Several factors impede a more systematic approach to the topic. Different dimensions, actors, motivations, different social and political contexts, even a somewhat differing terminology make it a challenge to study illegal housing as a global phenomenon. And yet, it is desirable and promising to open up new perspectives on squatting. A number of pioneering studies have already demonstrated that comparisons can open 'new niches to investigate what previously never met our eyes' (Aguilera/Smart).

We are inviting researchers on illegal housing who are interested in challenging the limitations of 'their' region, who are open for confrontations with the ‘other’, and also open for discovering their own 'blind spot'. This Call for Papers appeals to academics from all over the globe who are content to let themselves in for comparisons. Although some of topics would clearly benefit from large sample analysis, we would like to begin with paired-comparisons. We consider comparisons of two, perhaps three regions a viable approach for the conference in planning. Ideally, the comparison should be accomplished by cooperation with someone else. Nevertheless, solitary projects are welcome, too.

We would like to encourage you to submit ideas for comparison of informal/illegal housing in different parts of the world.

Please include in your abstract (500 words maximum):

- Areas/places you are comparing.

- What aspect you place in the focus of your study.

- Why do you think is that comparison meaningful and able to provide new insights?

If you don’t have carried out a comparative project yet but consider a comparison of your topic with studies in other regions a promising idea, you can also submit a brief description of your research, and we could try to form a comparative panel with someone else.

Deadline for submission: 6 January 2017

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January 6, 2017, 11:00pm BST

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