“Stephen Luis Vilaseca offers welcome insights into the landscape of a variety of Spanish cities, while providing clues to recent changes in Spanish political and urban attitudes.” (Enric Bou, 2017)
“Okupas is requisite reading for anyone interested in Barcelona, and for scholars concerned with the rise of populist movements in Spain – an important topic given the rise of Podemos and the election of Ada Colau as the mayor of the city.” (Vinodh Venkatesh, 2016)
“This study is a thoughtful and well-written contribution to the field that not only offers readers a careful analysis of what an okupa “is,” but demonstrates the ways that the embodied activism of okupas are attempting to rewrite the urban experience in Barcelona through the production, sharing, and “comonning”of culture—efforts that seek
to use Squatter Power to undermine the rigid social relations produced by the post-fordist city.” (Matthew I. Feinberg, 2014)
“Vilaseca’s study accomplishes its overall goal of introducing readers to the Barcelonan Okupas, their socio-political context, their history, and the many ways that they are seen and presented by themselves and others. The book’s index is clear and thorough, and the bibliography includes URLs to help readers locate the Internet sources Vilaseca incorporates and analyzes. This text will be a useful resource for undergraduates as well as graduate students and professors of Spanish, cultural, and media studies.” (Paul Cahill, 2014)
Articles in Refereed Journals (6)
“From Graffiti to Street Art: How Urban Artists are Democratizing Spanish City Centers and Streets.” Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies 8 (2012): 9-34. Click to hear an interview with me inspired by my article
Co-Authored Editorials (3)
Review Articles (2)
Chapters and Short-Form Articles in Books (4)
“Representations of Graffiti and the City in the Novel El francotirador paciente: Readings of the Emergent Urban Body in Madrid.” Graffiti and Street Art: Reading, Writing and Representing the City. Ed. Konstantinos Avramidis and Myrto Tsilimpounidi. London and New York: Routledge, 2017. 250-63. Print.
“Echoes of Ricardo Mella: Reading Twenty-first Century Youth Protest Movements through the Lens of an Early Twentieth-Century Anarchist.” Protests and Generations: Legacies and Emergences in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Ed. Ratiba Hadj-Moussa and Mark Ayyash. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017. 255-67. Print.
“Patio Maravillas’ Anti-gentrification Campaign against the TriBall Group” in Making Room: Cultural Production in Occupied Spaces, edited by Alan W. Moore and Alan Smart. The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest – Other Forms (2015): 272-275.