I’m really pleased to have the excellent Sam Burgum visiting Leeds Beckett with his research on squatting and trespass  as he is doing really great work looking at the history and politics of direct housing action. This won’t be a standard academic type lecture but a really engaging public event for anyone who wants to know more about how people have resisted the enclosure and privatisation of public space and used occupation as political action in many different contexts. Sam will briefly discuss his historical work and ongoing ethnographic research before hosting an informal viewing of his archival exhibition. Accompanied by drinks and snacks course! More details and the link to free registration are below.

Making Space: an exhibition and talk on squatting, trespass, and direct housing action

The event will be led by Dr Sam Burgum, Leverhulme Fellow, University of Sheffield who is currently conducting a Leverhulme-sponsored ethnographic project on squatting in the context of the UK’s housing crisis.

16:00-18:00, 12th March 2019

Rose Bowl Lecture Theatre F and Atrium, Leeds Beckett University

This informal event will give attendees the opportunity to hear about, see and contribute to a piece of ongoing, cutting-edge ethnographic and archival research. Sam Burgum, an urban sociologist based at The University of Sheffield, will give a short talk introducing his project and an exhibition on the history squatting, trespass and direct housing action. This will be followed by the opportunity to browse the exhibits, ask questions of the curator, and add to the timeline while discussing with other attendees over refreshments in the Rose Bowl Atrium.