Friday 2.6.

10:00 – 11:00 Breakfast
11:00 – 11:30 Opening
11:30 – 13:00 Squatted social centers and the housing question in Europe Robert González García
Prezentation + discussion

Squatting can never be separated from the question of housing. But in the light of repeating housing shortages in capitalist cities, a claim for housing does not seem to be a sufficient reason for squatting. This chapter examines the question whether squatting movements evolve as a self-engined process regardless the ‘housing question’ or as a response to the shortages of social housing, the failures of the housing market and the increasing pressure towards home-ownership. Although the quantitative data we have gathered for the 9 European cities under research are mainly focused on squatted social centers and they do not address specifically squatting for housing, there are alternative sources of empirical evidence that allow us a comparative approach. In doing so, we discuss the particular interactions of the squatters’ movements and the privatization of the housing market and housing policies.

In this regard we will explain the main differences in terms of alliances of squatters with other housing movements and, as it occurred in Spain after 2011, the revival of the housing question by new widespread experiences of squatting.


Key words: cycles, comparative approach, housing, squatted social centers

Authors: Robert González (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, México), Ibán Díaz-Parra (University of Seville) and Miguel A. Martínez (University of Uppsala, Sweden)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 The Squatting Movement in the Basque Country: A Movement That Creates Culture Sheila Padrones
Prezentation + discussion

The squatting movement in the Basque Country was born linked to the autonomous movement in the early 80s. It is, therefore, a movement that seeks to manage its own spaces and the social life of its members, trying to maintain the highest possible degree of independence with respect to the State or its institutions. Their practices have resulted in an own culture that has been invisibilized both by the hegemonic power and by the media. However, the movement have created alternative networks demonstrating that it is more than an urban social movement, as it not only fights for access to decent housing, but for the total self-management of life. These alternative forms of organization that the squatting movement has been developing since the 1980s in this territory are being adopted today by other social groups that have hitherto been more integrated. Fights like food sovereignty, the right to a decent housing (PAH), energy reduction (decrease), converge with what this movement was already preaching in its beginnings. Therefore, and still aware that for their survival depends on the waste generated by the capitalist system itself (from buildings to waste or food), and that without them the movement could not occur, it is suggested here that the squatting movement constitutes a movement that can serve as the basis for establishing a new economic and social model based on self-management; a model that can help to leave the systemic crisis in which we are.

I have studied the movement from the theoretical approach of British cultural studies, but presenting it as an emancipatory social movement, that is, taking as referents the theorists who are critical with theories produced by the Western Social Sciences; those who come from Latin America.

15:30 – 16:30 Radical emancipation in the post-communist city: possible scenarios of urban grassroots activism in Prague and beyond Michaela Pixová
Prezentation + discussion

Since 2010, Prague and other cities in the Czech Republic have been experiencing a wide spectrum of urban grassroots activism. After a six decade long lobotomy by communist totalitarianism followed by neoliberal shock therapy, Czech civil society finally woke up to the regrettable state of their cities, which are being ripped apart by haphazard urbanization, lawless urban interventions, commercialization, housing speculations, and many other symptoms of the globalizing neoliberal assault on urban environments and urban populations.

However, unlike local squatters’ scene, which has been active since early 1990s, civic activists in Czech cities employ reformist strategies, frames, and discourses. Fully embedded in capitalist relations, their apolitical demands lack the potential to challenge neoliberal urbanization and do not address associated inequalities and injustices. Why is this the case? The aim of the conference contribution, which is based on more than seven years of participant observation, and a three and half year post-doctoral research of urban grassroots movements in the Czech Republic, is to discuss the following questions: What are the cultural and historical influences that condition the conformist character and agenda of Czech urban grassroots? Does such agenda make sense and possibly even have an emancipatory potential in the given post-communist context? How likely is it to end up co-opted by the defenders of the status quo and used for its legitimization? How likely is it to open up space for more radical discourses, claims, or even emancipatory projects and cross-activist collaborations?

Michaela Pixová, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles Univeristy in Prague

16:30 – 17:15 Futurological Symposium Frank
Prezentation + discussion

We are holding the Seventh Futurological Symposium at Amsterdam's biggest Squat, beginning of October. This will be synchrone with a well-coordinated action (throughout Europe hopeful-li_) which I'll tell more about in Prague. So, why not re-unite again in the Indian Summer of this ¥ear?

18:00 – 22:00 Beneficial HC concert for Klinika

Hopes // Grosswell // JFB // NCOR

Benefiční večer na podporu komunitního centra, křest splitka HPSxGRSSWLL, oslava života, vegan grill a blešák vašich starejch merch triček. Více informací již velmi brzy.












Vstupné dobrovolné!

(mějte na paměti, že veškerý výtěžek jde na podporu autonomního centra, tudíž budeme moc rádi, když zaplatíte jako za jakýkoliv jiný koncert - je to jen vaše svědomí)


Koncert nekuřácký!

A nácky nechte doma!

18:00 Dinner at Salé

vegan dinner for allé

18:30 Movie Night at Salé

Screening in english mainly for international guests - number of participants limited because of space inside. Food will be served also at the yard.

Come to Salé: Orebitská 14, Prague (15-20 minutes by walking from Klinika)é

program of the movie night:

OBSAĎ A ŽIJ! (OCCUPY AND LIVE!) - documentary about the action „Vzpomínky na budoucnost“ (Future memories)


and maybe more...

Saturday 3.6.

9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Squatting and the politics of self-management Miguel A. Martínez & Dominika V. Polanska

IMPORTANT: If you want to participate at this workshop, please let us know untill 1 June at [email protected] The participation is conditioned by previous “registration” by mail. Thank you!

Squatting of empty buildings (and land) is a direct action that aims at providing spatial resources for those who are excluded from capitalist and state forms of administration, or for those who oppose them. Over the years and across cities and countries, squatting practices have been able to shape urban movements or, at least, to legitimate squatting as a political tool of protest that is also used by other social movements. Earlier research generated within SqEK focused on mapping squatting in Europe and Northern America. We want to propose a project aiming at going in depth by focusing on cases of squatting that for some reason are seen as particularly interesting, important and/or original for the development of squatting in a particular city, region or country (not necessarily in the West). The aim is to gather knowledge - and hopefully research - on detailed cases that in some way have been formative (in positive and negative terms) for the squatting scene in a particular area.

We want to ask the questions on how to make compatible the dimension of squatting as an urban common and as a simultaneous struggle for political survival and extension. Instead of theoretical or merely ideological response to this dilemma, we would like to suggest to analyse significant cases of “success” and “failure” (according to the activists’ and researchers’ judgements and by taking into account different meanings, possibilities and types of “success-failure”) in order to learn from them. A “case” may be one specific squat or a set of squats in the same city that shared similar circumstances. The more we cover different types of squats (as social centres, as houses, etc.), locations and historical periods, the better.

We would like to welcome contributions examining following aspects:

1) Coalitions, brokerage and social dynamics,

2) Repression and its contestations,

3) Legalisation and institutionalization,

4) Urban commons and self-management.

Methodology: comparative case studies (cases should be related to the history of squatting in their city), critical discourse analysis, protest events, interviews, deliberative workshops...

Time schedule:

SqEk-meeting Prague // Detailed and collaborative definition of the research project

August 2017-April 2018 // Data collection and analysis

May 2018// Workshop at the SqEK-meeting. Presentation of reports / public discussion / publication strategies

Initiators: Miguel A. Martínez & Dominika V. Polanska

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Autonomous Social Center Klinika Jan Trnka
15:30 – 17:00 Media representation of Squatting Dominika V. Polanska & Etc Dee

We will start the discussion by talking shortly about our findings on media representations of squatting and then discuss the role of media, media use and media strategies of squatters, and so on. Researchers and activists are welcome to join the discussion.

17:00 – 18:30 Squatting and Self-Managed social centers in Mexico Robert González García
Prezentation + discussion

There’s not a strong squatting social movement in México, but there are a few experiences of self-manages social centers that have some characteristics similar to squatting movements in Europe. This poster pretends describe four experiences in the capital of the country: the Biblioteca Social Reconstruir (The Rebuilt Social Library), Chanti Ollin, Okupa Che and the Escuela de Cultura Popular Mártires del 68 (School of Popular Culture Martyrs of the 68).

Key words: social centers, squatting, México

Author: Robert González García (Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, México)

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 21:30 Mapping of squatting: what, how and why? Björn
Prezentation + discussion

The session will be about the participants' experiences of mapping of squatting. We can show our work done on Sweden that is in its initial stage, but would like to discuss other members' experinces of mapping, mapping tools, mapping strategies and purposes, potential risks and impacts on the debate on squatting. It will not be a presentation, rather an open discussion where everybody is welcome to take part. 

Sunday 4.6.

9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 13:00 Academization of SqEK André
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Future writing project session (collaboration) ETC Dee

Whilst we are together face to face, it is vitally important to discuss

future collaborative writing projects. This session is designed for

people to present their ideas and then we can decide together how to

move forward, perhaps breaking into smaller groups for specific projects.

17:00 – 17:30 Warsaw Independent Bookfair 2017