[URBANTH-L] CFP (First Call): International Homelessness Conference, Mumbai, India (fwd)

RAE BRIDGMAN bridgman at cc.umanitoba.ca
Thu Dec 2 16:08:06 EST 2004

First Call for Papers

GURU International Conference and Film Festival


"Homelessness: A Global Perspective"

An ISA Research Committee 43 Conference

January 9th to 13th, 2006 in Mumbai, India

To be held under the auspices of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at t=
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England; in association with:
The Department for International Development (DFID), UK.
The Academy of Architecture, Mumbai, India;
Slum Dwellers International (SDI);
UN-Habitat Secure Tenure Programme

Deadline for Abstracts 31 June 2005

Objectives of the conference:

With this conference we hope to stimulate discussion and debate about
homelessness around the world, share knowledge and experience, challenge
existing assumptions about homelessness and homeless people and celebrate g=
practice in Mumbai.

The main objectives of the conference are:

To bring together people working on issues of homelessness to provide
opportunities to improve their knowledge and experience of homelessness in =
global context.

To celebrate interventions for homeless people and the work of NGOs in Mumb=
and learn from the Indian experience.

To inform and influence policy in many countries to support homeless people
and improve their lives

Through field visits and a film festival delegates will have the opportunit=
y to
see how the Indian context of homelessness is managed.

Who should attend?

The conference is targeted at several groups:

Professionals in organisations working with homeless people, both in
industrialised countries and elsewhere, who wish to improve their knowledge=
homelessness in developing countries.

Researchers with interests in development and homelessness.

Officers in government, non-government and international organisations with
responsibility for development, secure tenure and poverty issues.

Mayors and elected representatives in cities with homeless populations.

Any other people interested in homelessness issues.

Themes of the conference:

We invite papers on a range of themes as follows and would hope to receive
papers relating to age and gender under all themes.  Suggestions for additi=
themes are welcome.

Experiences of homelessness:
=95=09Characteristics of homeless people and homelessness
=95=09Narratives of homeless life
=95=09Country case studies
=95=09Causes of homelessness
=95=09Housing shortage
=95=09Rural to urban migration

Interventions in homelessness:
=95=09Homelessness in the Millennium Development Goals
=95=09Right to Shelter
=95=09Children=92s rights
=95=09Legality and policing

Interventions in homelessness:
=95=09Homelessness in the Millennium Development Goals
=09Research approaches
=95=09Defining and quantifying
=95=09Ethics of research in homelessness
=95=09Participation of homeless people
=95=09Cross cultural working

The GURU Film Festival on homelessness:

Videos and DVD productions relevant to the conference themes are invited fr=
anyone concerned with homelessness. We will select a shortlist for judging =
the delegates. A small prize will be awarded and we will try to raise
sponsorship for the short listed film-makers to send a delegate to the


We hope to make this a truly international event.  Delegates from less deve=
countries are invited to apply for bursaries to cover their costs.  However=
these are limited and you are advised to try other sources of sponsorship.

Those wishing to be considered for a bursary should apply to the committee

CV of applicant / delegate
Contacts: telephone, Fax, e-mail, postal address
Justification for participating (not more than 150 words)
Abstract if wishing to present paper

Abstracts, submissions for the film festival and applications for bursaries
should be sent to:

Suzanne Speak
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
e-mail: s.e.speak at ncl.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0)191 222 5646

Scientific committee:

Graham Tipple, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, (Chair)
Suzanne Speak, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Sheela Patel, SPARC, Mumbai
Arvind Adarkar, RS Academy of Architecture, Mumbai
Miloon Kothari, Habitat International Coalition, New Delhi
Farouk Tebbal, UN-Habitat, Secure Tenure Campaign
Willem van Vliet, University of Colorado (ISA Committee 43)
Ruth McLeod, Habitat International, UK
Lilianda Miranda, FORUM, Lima
Olusola Olufemi, Newfoundland, Canada
Patricia Kennett, University of Bristol
Bill Edgar, University of Dundee
Scott Leckie, COHRE

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