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S2 Ep1: The squat as a home, From Brixton to Brazil

Can we look to the squat as a place of ‘collective worldmaking’?

Last season, the need for housing justice – in all its forms – came up so much that we’ve dedicated an entire season to it. From migrant communities building home away from home, to indigenous communities defending their homes, the concept of home has so much to teach us.

To kick us off, co-hosts Zoe and Larissa are talking squatting: and where better to start than Olive Morris, the Brixton Black Women’s Group, the Brixton Black Panthers and an occupied launderette in Brixton? (It’s a South London massive!!) But our conversation took us from South of the Thames to the Rozbrat squat in Poland and the multiple interconnected squats of the #RightsToTheCity movement in Brazil. Can we look to the squat as a place of ‘collective worldmaking’?


Remembering Olive MorrisPolanska, D.V., Piotrowski, G., (2015).

“The transformative power of cooperation between social movements: Squatting and tenants’ movements in Poland” Zhang, Y. (2021).

Rightful squatting: Housing movements, citizenship, and the “right to the city” in Brazil. Rozbrat Squat (Poznan, Poland)

Prestes Maia Squat (Sāo Paulo, Brazil) To All the Blocks I’ve Loved Before (2023)

Simmone Ahiaku Spotlight on London’s Radical Herstory: The Brixton Black Women’s Group (2020)

Past TenseCounter hegemony, popular education, and resistances: A systematic literature review on the squatters’ movement (2022)

Julia Ballesteros-Quilez, Pablo Rivera-Vargas and Judith JacovkisOur house: why protecting the right to squat is a defence of radical Black history (2021)

Lisa Insana The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting (2017)

Alexander Vasudevan Spotlight on London’s Squatted Streets: Villa Road, Brixton (2020)

Past Tense Finding a Home: how artists and collectives occupy space (2023)

Kieran Yates Squatting as tactics for creative resistance and transformation: The experience of a Brazilian housing occupation (2021) Juliana Canedo and Luciana Andrade