Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Homelessness: UTSpeaks - Free Public Lecture

UTSpeaks: Searching for home - Beyond homelessness as a 'social problem' A challenging free public lecture that calls for a shift in our understanding of homelessness. When Wednesday 25 August Time 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Where The Great Hall Level 5, UTS Tower Building, Broadway.

This lecture explores the experience of living homeless in Australia and reveals areas of need that remain unmet by our traditional forms of assistance. Departing from accounts of homelessness which focus on structural inequality, Robinson will expand our understanding of the lives of homeless people by exploring the role trauma and displacement play in shaping the way homelessness unfolds.

Dr Catherine Robinson

Catherine Robinson's research has sought an understanding of how homeless people manage the trauma of displacement and the ongoing struggle to connect body, place, self and community through the construction of home.

In the past she has worked with young homeless people in inner Sydney and conducted a major Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute research project on the dual contexts of homelessness and mental disorders. Currently her projects include research on the shortage of women's emergency accommodation in Western Sydney and a book exploring displacement in the context of homelessness.

RSVP: 24 August 2004 Contact Robert Button on 02 9514 1734 or Robert.Button@uts.edu.au

UTSpeaks: is a free public lecture series presented by UTS experts discussing a range of important issues confronting contemporary Australia.

By UTSpeaks posted 17 August 04


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