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ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Polytechnic of Turin

Veda Popovici is a political worker based in Bucharest. Besides organizing, she engages through art, theory and teaching with a special interest for decolonial thought, intersectional feminism, anti-fascism and material possibilities of creating the commons. Her political work has developed through various anti-authoritarian, anarchist and feminist collectives such as Macaz, the Alternative Library, Dysnomia and the Gazette of Political Art. After finishing her PhD on nationalism in Romanian art of the 1980s, she has taught classes on decolonial thought, nationalism and feminist theory at the National University of Arts in Bucharest and at the University of California Santa Cruz. Dedicated to radical housing action, she cofounded in 2013 the Common Front for Housing Rights in Bucharest. Her involvement in organizing for housing justice has expanded towards the national level through the national federation for radical housing justice Block for Housing and internationally by working as facilitator of the European Action Coalition for the Right to Housing and the City. Her particular interests in the field of housing justice include property regimes and redistribution (with a focus on restitutions in Central and Eastern Europe) and the architecture of housing justice movements from a decolonial, anti-capitalist and anti-racist perspective.

Selected publications

Veda Popovici (2021). (Post)pandemic struggles in social reproduction: intersectional alliances between housing and essential workers’ struggles in Romania, in Stoyo Tetevenski (ed), Transnational Social Strike and E.A.S.T.: ESSENTIAL STRUGGLES: PANDEMIC FRONTS, Sofia, Available clicking here.

Veda Popovici, Ioana Florea, Zsuzsanna Posfai, Ana Vilenica, (2021). Eastern European cities within global urban geographies, in Michele Lancione and Colin McFarlane (eds), Thinking Global Urbanism: Essays on the City and its Future, Routledge: London

Veda Popovici (2020). Residences, restitutions and resistance: A radical housing movement’s understanding of post-socialist property redistribution, City Journal, Vol. 24, 2020, Issue 1-2, 97-111