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HSA Annual Conference 2019

10 April - 12 April

Home Struggles: Politics, Marginality and Resistance in the Contest for Housing

Sheffield, UK

Housing has always been a site of struggle, from the individual and household level to competing ideas over the direction of local, national and international policy.  Yet the Global Financial Crisis of 2007/8 and continuing austerity have brought the struggle for home into even sharper relief, with negative outcomes accentuated by longer-term processes such as housing commodification and financialisation.  Housing is centrally implicated in the ongoing retraction of welfare support – homelessness, eviction and displacement increasingly characterise the housing experiences of those at the margins, where migrant communities and young people are over-represented.  This has given rise to new, and often innovative and collective, responses in the struggle for home, such as a rise in ‘housing informality’ (more readily associated with the ‘Global South’), as well as increases in squatting, housing co-operatives, eco-homes, pop-up housing and community land trusts, which are accompanied by a burgeoning housing activism and new solidarities.  Yet, at the other end of the scale, there is a struggle over urban space, expressed through opposition to social housing renewal, gentrification and the privatisation of space through gated communities and secluded landscapes of privilege.

Between these two poles, many households face a range of dampened aspirations, longer stays in the parental home, insecurity in the private rented sector, and increasing anxiety over finding and maintaining a place to call home.  Uncertainty over looming Brexit adds to this insecurity and reshapes the very meaning of the struggle for home to questions of citizenship and national belonging.  The struggle for home is also expressed through competing national policy discourses on: the role of the planning system and affordable housing delivery; ideological battles over housing as a tool of welfare ‘reform’ or social assistance; asset-based welfare; and wider international struggles over housing as home versus housing as real estate.  The outcomes of these struggles all impinge on policy and upon households, housing associations, developers, charities, private landlords and housing practitioners.

This conference seeks to reappraise the struggle for home in the contemporary period in capturing the shifting dynamics of the housing system, changing policy logics, the implications for specific groups and households, and the new and varied responses to these challenges.  We welcome empirical, theoretical, policy, practice and activist contributions, be they historical or contemporary in focus, which speak to the notion of housing struggles and the battle for home at a range of scales.  From the individual and household level through to neighbourhood, regional, national and international contestations.

 

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Hazel Easthope (University of New South Wales)
  • Deborah Garvie (Policy Manager, Shelter UK)
  • Annie McKee (James Hutton Institute/Convenor of Rural Housing Scotland)
  • Michele Lancione (University of Sheffield)
  • Paul Watt (Birkbeck, University of London)
  • Dan Wilson Craw (Director of Generation Rent)

We are also grateful to Francesca Albanese (Crisis) and Kim McKee (University of Stirling) for their role as discussants in two of the plenary sessions.

This year we will once again be running a workshop event for Early-Career Researchers in partnership with the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE). We’re also working with South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) to bring delegates a dedicated workshop session on housing and homelessness practice in and around Sheffield.

Please note that we are no longer accepting paper submissions for this conference (the submission deadline was 16th January).

Registration

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The conference will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly known as the Royal Victoria) in Sheffield.

Those who booked the residential rates will have their accommodation included for the Wed and Thurs evenings and will be accommodated either in the Crowne Plaza Hotel or the Holiday Inn Express which is a 5-10 minute walk away.

Conference Programme

The final conference programme can be viewed by clicking this link:

Registration and Delegate Fees

Note: Early-Career Researchers (ECRs) include all Masters students, Doctoral students, and researchers with less than four years full-time equivalent research experience (e.g. postdoctoral researchers within 4 years of PhD completion or junior researchers in a non-academic research role for less than 4 years).

Please note that our residential rates have ended – if you wish to register via one of our non-residential options then you will need to arrange your own accommodation separately.

Non-Residential Registration – HSA Member – £300

Includes lunch on all days of the conference, parking if required, first night welcome dinner, drinks reception and conference dinner.

Non-Residential Registration – Non HSA Member – £340

Includes lunch on all days of the conference, parking if required, first night welcome dinner, drinks reception and conference dinner.

One Day Rate & First Night Dinner – HSA Member – £150

Includes lunch, parking if required and first night dinner (Wednesday 10th April).

One Day Rate & First Night Dinner – Non HSA Member – £185

Includes lunch, parking if required and first night dinner (Wednesday 10th April).

One Day Rate & Drinks Reception/Conference Dinner – HSA Member – £150

Includes lunch, parking if required, drinks reception and conference dinner (Thursday 11th April).

One Day Rate & Drinks Reception/Conference Dinner – Non HSA Member – £185

Includes lunch, parking if required, drinks reception and conference dinner (Thursday 11th April).

1/2 Day Rate –  HSA Member – £110

Includes lunch and parking if required.

1/2 Day Rate –  Non HSA Member – £150

Includes lunch and parking if required.

The first night welcome dinner will be held on Wednesday evening, 10th April at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria. Attendance at the welcome dinner is included in the registration fee.

The conference dinner will be held on Thursday evening, 11th April, at the Kelham Island Industrial Museum. Attendance at the conference dinner is included in the registration fee. However, we regret that places at the dinner are limited and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

 

Conference organisers:

Jenny Hoolachan (HoolachanJ@cardiff.ac.uk)

Ryan Powell (r.s.powell@sheffield.ac.uk)

If you have any questions about this event then please contact members@housing-studies-association.org

 

 

Details

Start:
10 April
End:
12 April
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Venue

Crowne Plaza Hotel
Victoria Station Road
Sheffield, S4 7YE United Kingdom
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Phone:
0114 252 6511
Website:
https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/sheffield/emauk/hoteldetail