Tenants Organizing

We are happy to announce the preliminary program for Tenants organizing- precarization and resistance. It is still early and changes to the program might occur. Please contact the organizing committee if you have any questions regarding the program.

Preliminary Program Tenants Organizing – Stockholm September 26 – 27th 2019

Thursday 26/9:

10:00 Introduction

Short presentation of the program, the practicalities, and the organizing committee.

10:15 First panel: The rise and the fall of the Swedish Model


Hannes Rolf, Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College: From Fighting to Interest Organization? The Case of the Swedish Tenants´ Movement 1917-1964

Helena Löfgren, Södertörn University: Rhetorical Strategies in the Political Debate on Privatization of Public Housing in the City of Stockholm

Dominika Polanska & Åse Richard, Institute for Housing and Urban research at Uppsala University & Sarah Degerhammar, University of Gothenburg: Resisting renovictions: the struggle for housing justice in contemporary Sweden

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

The lunch will be served at the venue.

13:00 – 15:00 Second Panel: Histories and trajectories of strikes, struggles and inequalities around the world


Lucas Poy, the International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI), at the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam): A Tale of Two Cities: The Tenants’ Strikes of 1907-1908 in Buenos Aires and New York. Exploring the Global Historical Roots of Tenants’ Organization

Salonee Bahman, Yale University: Zoning for Equality: The Rights to Space in New York’s Chinatown

Neil Gray, University of Glasow: Situating Contemporary Housing Struggle Historically: Spatial Composition, The Housing Question and the Temporalities of Capital

16:00 – 18:00 City tour: The history of urban struggles in the Södermalm district:

A two-hour walk through the former working-class district Södermalm where we will learn about rent-strikes, occupations, blockades, and one hundred years of tenant militancy in Stockholm. Guides: Mathias Wåg, activist and journalist & Hannes Rolf, PhD student and member of the organizing committee.

18:00 Dinner

Friday 27/9

10:00-12:00 Third Panel: Building resistance in a time of precarization


Ashleigh Doherty & Cole Webber, Parkdale Organize, Toronto: Title to be confirmed

Theodor Max Barry Born, Geography Department at Queen Mary University of London: Housing rights in overcrowded sublets: rent informalities and organising renters in London

Pietro Vicari, University of Turin: "Citizens of Serie B", Second Class Citizens – The struggle of public housing tenants’ against segregation in Mediterranean cities


The lunch will be served at the venue.

13:00 – 15:00 Fourth Panel: Squatting, commons and autonomy – Let’s take over the city!


Juliana Canedo, Habitat Unit – TU-Berlin & Luciana Andrade, PROURB/FAU, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro: The experience of Solano Trindade: squatting and creative resistance in Rio de Janeiro

Monica Quirico, Södertörn University: “Lotta continua” and housing occupation in Italy in the 1970s: ancient history or present challenges

Laura Barrio & Tom Youngman, activist researchers in Madrid's housing movement: Housing is still not a crime: revisiting Madrid’s squatters 3 and a half years later

16:00 – 18:00 City tour: to be announced

18:00 Dinner and bar evening

Dinner will be served at Cyklopen, an autonomous self-built social and cultural centre. After the dinner, the bar will be open for drinks, music and more. Full program for the evening is to be announced

När: 26 september 2019 10:00 - 27 september 2019 23:59

Var: Skarpnäcks Kulturhus Skarpnäcks Allé 25 / Stockholm

Arrangör: Hannes Rolf mfl