Conference Program

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power at the margins conference program


4:30-5:30 pm: Arrival and Registration

UMN Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis

5:30-7 pm: Opening Plenary Panel


All Friday daytime sessions take place at Blegen Hall on the West Bank of UMN
269 19th Ave S, Minneapolis

8-9 am: Breakfast

9-10:30 am: Concurrent Sessions Block 1

Contesting Traditional Understandings of Health and Home Participants in this session will work to deconstruct the relationship between health and housing, offering perspectives from activism, scholarship, and public health.

Tenants’ Rights and Barriers What are the greatest barriers that tenants must struggle against in their fight for just and affordable housing? Exploring movements for tenants’ rights from a variety of locations.

Urban Planning and Housing Precarity Analyzing the historical and present-day impacts of urban planning on housing rights, from racially-restrictive deed covenants and redlining to evictions and eminent domain.

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45 am-12:15 pm: Concurrent Sessions Block 2

Working Outside of Traditional Service Models How do individuals and organizations dedicated to housing justice work outside of traditional service models? Experience and observations from fieldwork and activism.

Friction Thinking about the various frictions that emerge across housing politics: friction which emerges from scholar-activism, interplay of unions, evictions, redevelopment and more. How does such friction affect our understanding of housing activism and its relationships with other movements and spaces?

Economies, Housing, and Vacancies: From Neoliberalism to Financialization Despite the global housing crisis, land lies vacant, needless evictions proliferate, and urban governance grows to the interests and methods of private capital. How do frameworks such as neoliberalism and financialization help us understand these struggles, and how can they be informed by fast-responding work done by activists every day?

12:15-12:45 pm: Lunch

12:45-1:45 pm: Criminalization and Homelessness Panel This lunch panel consists of scholars and activists working at the junction of civil rights and homelessness. Participants will share ideas and stories from the front lines of combating the criminalization of homeless people.

2-3:30 pm: Concurrent Sessions Block 3

Organizing Strategies: Measuring Success and Altering Representation Representation matters immensely in movements for housing justice. How do the images we use, the numbers we display, and the stories we tell shape the interplay between knowledge production and activist work?

Human Rights, Property Rights, Squatting Human rights has emerged as a critical framework for understanding how practices such as squatting can materially alter the meaning of property and land rights. Panelists will discuss movements in a variety of locations which engage these practices in the service of the human right to housing.

4-5:30 pm: Performance by zAmya Theater Project, homeless theater collaborative

6-8 pm: Social Gathering

Nomad World Pub
501 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis


All Saturday activities take place at the offices of Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia
3715 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis

9-9:30 am: Breakfast

9:30-11 am: Final Plenary Session

Gentrification and Housing The fight against displacement often takes the form of a struggle against gentrification. These scholars and activists will share their perspectives on this crucial dynamic which has much impact on the margins of housing.

11 am-12 pm: Action activity with Inquilinxs Unidxs

12-1 pm: Reflection on the conference and closing activity

1 PM: Vans depart for MSP from Inquilinxs Unidxs