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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Home Symposia: Home: Displacement and Dispossession

29th June 2009, 09:00, IAS, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green

It is a necessary aspect of being human that all of us - even the ‘houseless' - must ‘be' somewhere, existing in some relationship with place and experiencing the presence or absence (through displacement or dispossession) of a meaningful connection to home. Yet, despite the authenticity of home attachments, government policies, as expressed through laws, have not typically attached significant weight to these home meanings, or to their central role in the occupier's experience of ‘being human'.

The focus of the fourth and final symposium in this series will be an examination of the legal and policy issues surrounding home and homelessness, including exiles and refugees. It will consider how insights into the meanings and values of home across disciplines could enable a more informed, reflective and coherent approach to these contemporary issues within the legal and policy framework. The symposium will also contribute to the development of the ‘Durham Home Research Charter', by identifying priorities and principles for future work in this area.

This is the fourth and final symposium in this series on 'Home'.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.