Life At The Margins

Inequalities and uneven spatial development are at the centre of contemporary urban processes. They are the product of entrenched socio-economic and racialised histories, but also produce forms of resistance and ways of living that exceed mainstream representations.

The theme seeks to understand how lives are made at the margins and the politics that shape issues including dwelling, everyday economies and diversity.

Life At the Margins promotes ethnographic research to rethink the contexts, subjects and politics of life at the margins.

Research questions

– How can we better account for the generative power and politics of life at the margins?
– How do makeshift practices, infrastructures and everyday experiences come together to produce urban marginality?
– How can we move away from directive-driven policymaking, toward a collective and solidarity-led grassroots politics of the margins?
– What are the researcher’s responsibilities when investigating life at, with and within the urban margins?

News

May 1, 2019 in Life At The Margins, News

Horizontal solidarities: Screening and debate at the Casalboccone squat (Rome)

This post was originally published via Michele Lancione's wesbite, on 30th March 19. Yesterday in Rome at the Casal Boccone Occupato resiste e insiste squat we had a powerful exchange Romania-Italy on racism, evictions and housing justice. We screened A Inceput Ploaia and then…
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April 24, 2019 in Life At The Margins, Opinion - Life at the Margins

Interview-Podcast for the Relational Poverty Network: On Collaborative Art Praxis to Challenge Homelessness

The Relational Poverty Network is a USA-based but internationally driven ensemble, which convenes a community of scholars to develop conceptual frameworks, research methodologies, and pedagogies for the study of relational poverty. It is a project inspired and managed by Vicky Lawson and…
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March 6, 2019 in Opinion, Opinion - Life at the Margins

Michele Lancione interviewed about “home among the homeless”

Michele Lancione was recently interviewed by Milena Belloni of the ERC-StG "HOMInG" project. Read the transcript here.
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Projects

Antipode Scholar-Activist 2018 Award, in collaboration with the Common Front for the Right to Housing (FCDL, Bucharest)

Events

February 20, 2019 in Life At The Margins, Life At The Margins Event, News, Urban Humans, Urban Humans Event

New workshop series: The Urban Human – Conundrum and Interstices

The Urban Human and the Life at the Margins research themes at the Urban Institute are launching a series of internal workshop on ‘The Urban Human: Conundrum and Interstices’. The series is aimed at scholars within the University of Sheffield…
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December 10, 2018 in Life At The Margins, Life At The Margins Event, Past events

Seminar – “Housing informality in Italy: marginality, criminality, activism or speculation?”

 “Housing informality in Italy: marginality, criminality, activism or speculation?" A seminar by Professor Francesco Chiodelli (Gran Sasso Science Institute) 12th December 15:30 - 17:00 Teaching Room 1, Geography and Planning Building This seminar will provide an overview of housing informality…
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November 20, 2018 in Climate Urbanism Event, Event, Life At The Margins Event, Urban Humans Event

Urban Institute Celebration: Research Themes and Book Launch

Double celebration of the Urban Institute's new research themes and book launch, followed by a drinks and networking reception with light food.
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