Publication: The right to the city for refugees amid a European crisis: an exploratory perspective
My presentation for the AESOP annual congress falls within the scope of a wider exploratory approach embraced at the launching of the post-doctoral research project INSEHRE 21, focusing on the process of socio-spatial and housing inclusion of African and Middle Eastern refugees and asylum seekers in contemporary Europe, with reference to the reception of Portuguese-speaking African communities in Portugal, from 1975 until today, i.e., after the liberation of most of its former colonies. The aim of this presentation is twofold: to introduce some theoretical authors selected for structuring the INSEHRE 21 investigation; and to confront the key concept of inclusion with the European possibility of constructing responses directed (or not) to the access of these needy immigrants to the Right to the City (Lefebvre,  2009), both purposes with reference to the current neoliberal crisis in the Western countries, particularly in Europe. This presentation is organised into three interconnected parts, the first one concerning the the oretical methodological structuring notion of inclusion starting from the thoughts of four important scholars, such as Michel Foucault, Slavoj Žižek, Henri Lefebvre and David Harvey, seeking to identify the broader meaning of belonging, and its paradoxical significances, and of “spaces of inclusion”, namely its materialisation. The second part refers to the project INSEHRE 21 itself, its principal objectives, description (theme, object of study, questions, methodology and structure) and state of the art, addressing social (self-) production and official production of housing (and urban) space in Portugal and other European countries. The third part discusses the theoretical premises of the project in light of its principal intentions aiming to frame spatial (and intersectoral) inclusion processes in future reflections and to identify new avenues of theoretical and empirical research.
Book of proceedings: Annual AESOP Congress, Spaces of Dialog for Places of Dignity, Lisbon, 11-14th July, 2017
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