Housing Harm

Dr Ciara Breathnach (History, University of Limerick) and Dr Sharda Rozena (Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield) will share their perspectives on housing, danger, and negligence. The event will be co-chaired by Ushashi Dasgupta (English, Oxford) and Matt Ingleby (English, QMUL) and is in association with the new Rent Cultures Network.

Ciara’s most recent, award-winning book, Ordinary Lives, Death and Social Class: Dublin Coroner’s Court, 1876-1902, offers a fascinating window into Irish history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: it is the first book to examine the history of the City of Dublin’s coroner’s court, and asks what inquests can tell us about the impact of urban—and domestic—living. Sharda has worked widely and brilliantly on contemporary housing issues in Kensington. Her current project, ‘The Last Place: Thinking Through the Implications of Security of Tenure’, is using ethnographic life histories of the last regulated tenants in the UK to consider the past, present, and future of rent control.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a broad-ranging and important discussion.

To find out more, and join the Rent Cultures Network mailing list, please contact mailto:ushashi.dasgupta@ell.ox.ac.uk