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Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to our session titled *“**New forms
and practices of dispossession through housing and land financialisation”* as
part of the forthcoming RC21 Conference (11-13 September, Leeds, UK)
titled *"Rethinking
Global Urban Justice"*

Paper abstracts should be sent by e-mail to [log in to unmask] *AND* to the
session organisers Georgia Alexandri ([log in to unmask]), Sonia Vives
([log in to unmask]) and Richard Waldron ([log in to unmask]). Please
feel free to circulate to interested colleagues. The session details are
attached below.

Deadline for Paper Abstract Submission: *Friday 10 March 2017*

All the best,

Richard, Georgia and Sonia

*Call for Papers*

RC21 CONFERENCE 2017 “Rethinking Urban Global Justice”

11-13 September | University of Leeds, UK |

*New forms and practices of dispossession through housing and land

Novel practices of housing and land dispossession characterise the
post-crush urban condition. Public policies, in alliance with neoliberal
think-tanks and financial institutions, have arranged the construction of
debt through financial techniques (Glassmann, 2006, Mezzandra and Neilson,
2015). This productive essence of finance operations (Marazzi, 2011) is
manifold; banks that engaged in reckless financial speculation, are
recapitalised with public money, socialising privately constructed debt.
This indebtedness is used to create new financial products exchanged in the
command centres of global finance. Simultaneously, over-indebted households
face home repossessions and displacement through new modes of ‘accumulation
by dispossession’ (Harvey, 2005). Hence, financial operations are shaping
new directions in urban policy, housing, land and new everyday realities
through the production of indebted subjectivities (Garcia-Lamarca and
Kaika, 2016).

However, relatively little is known about how these financial operations
are orchestrated and reflected in space. The link between finance and the
urban environment is re-established in an unclear ‘post-crash’ way, while
the operational infrastructure that supports financialisation remains
under-examined (Poovey, 2015; Ouma, 2015). Research on the State’s role in
shaping the economic, political and institutional pathways to
financialisation is in its infancy (Christophers, 2016). It seems essential
to grasp the ways financialisation has inclined the balance of urban
reproduction towards the interests of global financial actors (Halbert and
Attuyer, 2016).

This session explores the dynamics of housing and land financialisation in
the aftermath of the crisis and the concomitant forms of displacement and
dispossession. A range of topics is sought, including, but not limited to:

·        -How the link between housing and finance is being reconstructed

·        -The construction of new urban policies and their relation to
financial operations

·        -Private equity landlords and their relation to governments
(local, national and

·        supranational)

·        -New forms of housing and land dispossession

·        -The new social and urban geographies of displacement


Christophers, B (2016) The State and Financialization of Public Land in the
United Kingdom.Antipode

De Angelis, M. (2007) The beginning of history: Value struggles and global
capital. London: Pluto Press.

García Lamarca, M. and Kaika, M. (2016).‘Mortgaged lives’: the biopolitics
of debt and housing financialisation. Transactions of the Institute of
British Geographers 41.3, 313-327.

Glassman, J. (2006). Primitive accumulation, accumulation by dispossession,
accumulation by ‘extra-economic’ means. Progress in Human Geography 30.5:

Halbert, L. and Attuyer, K. (2016). Introduction: The financialisation of
urban production: Conditions, mediations and transformations. Urban Studies
53.7, 1347-1361

Harvey, D. (2005). A brief history of neoliberalism. New York: Oxford
University Press.

Hodkinson, S. (2012).The New Urban Enclosures. City - analysis of urban
trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 16 (5), 500-518.

Marazzi, C. (2011). The violence of financial capitalism. Cambridge: MIT
Press Books.

Mezzadra, S. and Neilson, B. (2015). Operations of capital. South Atlantic
Quarterly 114 (1): 1-9.

Poovey, M. (2015) On ‘the limits to financialization’. Dialogues in Human
Geography 5, 2: 220-224.

Ouma, S. (2015) Getting in between M and M′ or How farmland further debunks
financialization." Dialogues in Human Geography 5, 2: 225-228.

Dr Richard Waldron B.A, MRUP, PhD, MIPI
Urban Studies Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow
School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy
University College Dublin

*Recent Articles*
Waldron, R., 2016. The “unrevealed casualties” of the Irish mortgage
crisis: Analysing the broader impacts of mortgage market financialisation.
*Geoforum*, *69*, pp.53-66.

Waldron, R. and Redmond, D., 2016. “We’re just existing, not living!”
Mortgage stress and the concealed costs of coping with crisis. *Housing
Studies*, pp.1-29. DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1224323

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