Mediating Housing Precarity

Tuesday June 14
At 10:00–12:00
People first: quality of housing as quality of living, The right to housing: getting rid of the excuses not to guarantee it
Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork, Ireland
Room U262 KPMG, Aalto University Undergraduate Centre

Registration required

Target group:
The event will be of interest of a variety of housing stakeholders: activists, campaigners, communicators academics, teachers, community workers.

Event description:
By analysing a range of visual material–clips from network television housing programmes, activist documentary, feature film–we will seek to answer a range of questions, including: How is an increasing housing precarity (homelessness, evictions, displacement, inadequate housing) mediated? How are feelings of stability/instability, safety/unsafety expressed by those who live in precarious housing conditions? Are marginalised communities represented at all and do they have the space to represent themselves? How does inequality (in relation to race, gender/sexuality, class, and/or other systems of inequality) affect the production of images of the home? How can representation of community and public housing make their way on to the screen? Can film and media be mobilised as advocacy and campaign tools?

A series of discussion questions and short clips will be distributed in advance of the workshop. The participants will also be encouraged to bring an image or a clip of their own choosing to discuss briefly with the other participants. On the day, the first hour will be devoted to the pre-distributed discussion of questions and images. Further visual materials will be introduced by the facilitator, followed by further discussion in small groups during the second hour. The workshop will conclude with a plenary discussion, which will allow participants to formulate further questions and sum up the main takeaways of the workshop.


Anna Viola Sborgi is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork.

Her research focuses on screen representations of the home and housing in Europe, and on London and gentrification. Her current project, MEDIAHOMES: Housing Precarity on Screen in Ireland, Portugal and the UK from the 2008 crisis to COVID-19, investigates transnational mediations of housing inequality in Europe, their production and circulation. She was previously Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Genoa, Italy, where she worked on post-2000 representations of high-rise and tower-block living within the London skyline. She holds a PhD in Film Studies (King’s College London) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Genoa). She has recently published on contemporary British documentary and the housing crisis in Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe (EUP, 2020) and on the mediations of the Grenfell Tower Fire in After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response (Pluto, 2019). 

Laura Rascaroli is Professor in Film and Screen Media.

Her research interests span European and World cinemas; experimental nonfiction, the essay film, and first-person cinemas; artist film and the post-medium moving image; film space and geopolitics; and the politics of form. She is the author of several monographs, including How the Essay Film Thinks (Oxford UP, 2017), The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (Wallflower, 2009), and Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (Wallflower, 2006), and coeditor of collections including Expanding Cinema: Theorizing Film Through Contemporary Art (Amsterdam UP, 2020) and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (BFI, 2011). Her work has been translated into several languages. She is the General Editor of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.

Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019)
Minari (Lee Isaac Chung, 2020)
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao, 2020)
Housing Problems (Anstey and Elton, 1935)
Grenfell Our Home (Channel 4, 2018)
No Place (Laura Kavanagh, 2020)
How to Get a Council House (Channel 4, 2013-2016)
Dispossession (Paul Sng, 2017)
Street 66 (Ayo Akingbade, 2017)
Concrete Soldiers (Nikita Woolfe, 2017)
PUSH! (Fredrik Gertten, 2019)
Top Boy (Channel 4, 2011-2013)
Estate, A Reverie (Andrea-Luka Zimmerman, 2015)
Chewing Gum (Michaela Coel, Channel 4, 2015-2017)
Rocks (Sarah Gavron, Anu Henrique, 2020)
Rosie (Paddy Breathnach, 2018)
Maid (Molly Smith Metzler, 2021)

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Organizer's contact details:
Department of Film and Screen Media, University College Cork
Dr Anna Viola Sborgi