Wed, 28 Feb 2018, 18:00
QMUL, London, People's Palace, Great Hall, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS
Featuring Victoria Cooper, co-editor of 'The Violence of Austerity' and hosted by QM School of Law
In 2017 housing rose to the top of the British political agenda for the first time in a generation. But despite the media spotlight, few stories examined the catastrophic long-term failures that resulted in a chronic shortage of social housing in the United Kingdom.
Following on from our #QMULGrenfell events, the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London School of Law will host a screening of Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle followed by a panel discussion in the People’s Palace Great Hall.
A limited number of free tickets for individuals facing financial difficulty are available. If you would like to request one of these, please e-mail [email protected].
About the Film :
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle explores the agenda behind the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates in the UK over the past thirty years. The film reveals how individuals and communities are fighting against the state and private developers, as they try to save their homes from demolition, while investigating the decisions that turned a crisis into a tragedy.
Dispossession is the story of people who know that housing is not an expensive luxury, but a fundamental human right.
About the Panel:
Following the film, a panel discussing the film, as well as an opportunity for Questions will take place. The Panel will be chaired by Dr Daniela Nadj. Our panel includes:
Paul Sng | @sng_paul | Director and producer of Dispossession, Paul Sng’s work focuses on telling the stories of people who challenge the status quo. Following the success of the documentary Sleaford Mods- Invisible Britain. Paul formed Velvet Joy Productions, an independent studio based in Brighton in 2015. His documentary about the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis, Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle was released in 2017 and it has been screened around the country.
Joe Delaney | @joedafoneUK | Joe is a resident of the estate near Grenfell Tower, and has been a very vocal activist for the victims, their families and other affected residents of the Lancaster West Estate. He has advocated on behalf of the Grenfell Action Group and is currently on the Committee of the Lancaster West Residents Association.
Antonio Roncolato | Antonio was a resident of Grenfell Tower having lived there since 1990. He works as a restaurant manager in a West London hotel. He has made regular media appearances over the past months, where he has spoken about the stress and discomfort the community is experiencing in the aftermath of the fire.
Anna Minton | Anna is a writer, journalist and Reader in Architecture at theUniversity of East London. In 2017, she published the critically acclaimed bookBig Capital: Who is London for? about the nationwide housing crisis.
Dr. Lisa MacKenzie | @reddrumlisa | Lisa is a Lecturer in Sociological Practice at Middlesex University. The author of Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain (2014), she is also a regular campaigner on social housing issues.
Dr Victoria Cooper | Victoria is as a Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University. Her research focuses on homelessness in relation to: housing, hostels, the criminal justice system, community punishment, geographical displacement and evictions. She is co-editor (with Prof David Whyte) of ‘The Violence of Austerity’ (2017, Pluto Press).
Siân Berry | @sianberry | Sian was Green Party candidate for Mayor of London in 2008 and 2016. She currently serves as a member of the London Assembly and the only Green Party councillor on Camden Council, representing Highgate.
Dr. Paul Watt | Paul is Reader in Urban Studies at the Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London. He has published widely on social rental housing, urban regeneration, the London housing crisis, homelessness, gentrification, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Paul is co-author ofUnderstanding Social Inequality (Sage, 2007), and co-editor of two recent books: Social Housing and Urban Renewal: A Cross-National Perspective(Emerald, 2017), and London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy? (Palgrave Macmillan,2017).
Pilgrim Tucker | @PilgrimTucker | is a community organiser and campaigner who supported the Grenfell Tower Residents campaign, the Grenfell Action Group.