Gendering homelessness: from the margins to the centre

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Dr Juliet Watson You are invited to this public research seminar, livestreamed on Zoom Webinar, by Dr Juliet Watson (RMIT), as part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) Research and Practice Seminar Series.

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Wednesday 17 June 2020 04:00 pm until Wednesday 17 June 2020 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr Renae Fomiatti
Presented by:
Dr Juliet Watson (RMIT)
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Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public
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Gendering homelessness: from the margins to the centre

Homelessness is conventionally explained through dominant hegemonic concepts that render alternative experiences invisible. Gender-blindness, in particular, positions the white adult male as the basis for a non-gendered homeless subject. It is crucial that these concepts are contested and revised; otherwise, different and diverse subjectivities are obscured and fail to be reflected in research, social policy and resource distribution. While there is growing understanding of the causes and impact of women’s homelessness, there remain significant knowledge gaps about how gender, and its intersection with other structural factors, shapes social processes and practices. Drawing on studies that examine different aspects of homelessness such as relationships, violence, parenthood and embodiment, this presentation puts women’s experiences at the centre. In considering how different women negotiate their circumstances, it is possible to move beyond limited social and cultural discourses of homelessness and locate women’s experiences as a key sociological concern for the homeless field.

About Dr Juliet Watson

Dr Juliet Watson is Deputy Director of the Unison Housing Research Lab within the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University and President of the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association. A sociologist and social worker, Juliet has extensive research, teaching, and practice experience in homelessness and gender-based violence. Her work focuses on marginalised experiences of gender, and her research projects have included investigations of pregnancy and homelessness, crisis responses for women escaping domestic violence, and gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units. Her book, ‘Youth Homelessness and Survival Sex: Intimate Relationships and Gendered Subjectivities’ was published in 2018.


This event will be livestreamed over Zoom. The seminar is open to all attendees, but to reduce the chance of disruptions, we ask that you register your email address.

This event will not be live-captioned.

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