Conference Programme

All sessions will take place in Keynes Lecture Theatre 2

Day One: Friday 20th June 2014

9.30 – 10.00 Registration and Coffee in Keynes Foyer

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome and opening remarks

10.15 – 11.15 Panel One: Homelessness between the Polis and the Mind

Chair: Andy Brogan (University of Kent)

Jennifer Hoolachan (University of Stirling), ‘Homelessness and Substance Use: An Ethnographic Exploration of this Complex Relationship in the Context of a Scottish Homeless Hostel’

Ruth Auger & Carin Tunaker (University of Kent),Local Homelessness: Methodologies and Meanings’

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00

Keynote Address: Prof Gordana Fontana-Giusti (University of Kent), ‘Architecture and Homelessness’

Chair: Christina Chatzipoulka and Nil Kutlar (University of Kent)

13.00 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 15.15 Panel Two: Imagining Space: Theorizing Homelessness in Urban Contexts

Chair: Christina Chatzipoulka (University of Kent)

Rebecca Camilleri (University of Malta),Feeling at home’

Maeve Kelly (University College Dublin),The Mobile & the imMobile: The Struggle to Understand Homeless as a Choice’

15.15 – 15.30 Short Break

15.30 – 17. 00 Panel Three: Lost and Found Spaces: Identity and Belonging

Chair: Pauline McGonagle (University of Kent)

Camilla Stanger (Goldsmith University),‘”You feel comfortable here…like you’re at home”: using dance to create a home for disaffected young women within urban educational settings’

Mengwei Tu (University of Kent),  ‘One transnational home or between two homes: How do one-child migrants cope with filial responsibility towards their parents in China and their own home-making in the UK?’    

Liz Greenway (The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust/University of East London),Homeless can be an attachment disorder’

17.00 – 17.30 Coffee Break

17.30 Local Implications of Homelessness: an Open Forum with charities and organizations

Chair: Christopher Chang

Gayle Jones (St Mungo’s Broadway)

Paul Easterbrook (Porchlight)

20.30 Conference Dinner at The Goods Shed Restaurant, Canterbury (meeting at 20.00 in front of The Goods Shed)


Day Two: Saturday 21st June 2014

9.00 – 10.30 Panel Four: Stories of Migration

Chair: Christopher Chang (University of Kent)

Gioia Panzarella (University of Warwick),‘Migrant writings in Italian. Julio Monteiro Martins and a Home for ‘The Other Barack’

Rachel Noorda (University of Stirling), ‘Romanticizing the Homeland: Views of Scotland for Scottish-Americans in Las Vegas’

Smita Misra (University of Kent),  ‘The Precariousness of Empathy: a Performance Autoethnography’

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.30 Keynote Address: Dr. Marianne Amar (Musée de l’Immigration, Paris), ‘Redefining “home” in the history of migrations”

Chair: Barbara Franchi (University of Kent) & Luca Di Gregorio (University of Kent)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Panel Five: Exiled in Water

Chair: Barbara Franchi (University of Kent)

Lucinda Newns (London Metropolitan University),  Homelessness and the Refugee: De-Valorising Displacement in Abdulrazak Gurnah’s By the Sea

Krista Bonello (University of Kent), ‘Writing in Water/Exile by Water: The Sea and Radical Homelessness in Shelley, Yeats, and Synge’

Emma Bennett (University of Essex),‘Dwelling on the Yangtze River: Heidegger, Kander and Muge’

15.00 – 15.15 Short Break

15.15 – 16. 45 Panel Six: Homeless in the City: the Tramp across Space and Time

Chair: Luca Di Gregorio (University of Kent)

Luke Davies (University College, London),‘John Brown and W.A. Gape: The tramp as a Victim of Unemployment’

Thirthankar Chakraborty (University of Kent)Samuel Beckett’s early tramp’

Luke Seaber (University College, London), ‘Homelessness’ and Incognito Social Investigation: Explorations of When ‘Homeless’ Was Not Metonymic with ‘Poor’

16.45 – 17.15 Closing Remarks & Drinks Reception



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