Migration, settlement, and the concepts of house and home

Date 12:00 PM 14 April 2016 - 13:00 PM 14 April 2016
Location 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Presenter: Dr Iris Levin

A seminar to celebrate the launch of the book ‘Migration, settlement and the concepts of house and home’

For more information on this past event you can view the accompanying Migration and Settlement presentation (PDF, 5.3MB)

How do migrants feel "at home" in their houses? What makes them feel they belong to their new home, neighbourhood, community and city?

The seminar celebrates the launch of the book Migration, settlement and the concepts of house and home. The book offers a theoretical framework based on the notion of home-building and the concepts of home and house embedded within it. The seminar presents innovative research about two groups of migrants: migrants from Italy who settled in Melbourne during the 1950s, and migrants from mainland China who settled in Melbourne during the 2000s. The analysis draws on qualitative data gathered from in depth interviews with migrants in their home-environments, including extensive visual data. Levin argues that the physical form of the house is meaningful in a range of diverse ways during the process of home-building, and that each migrant group constructs a distinct form of home-building in their homes/houses, according to their specific circumstances of migration, namely the origin country, country of destination and period of migration, as well as the historical, economic and social contexts around migration (including migration policies).

Dr Iris Levin is an architect and urban planner who completed her doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne in 2010. Since then, she has been a post-doctoral fellow at Flinders University researching issues of social planning and public housing redevelopments, as well as working for the Brotherhood of St Laurence on various research projects around evidence-based policy, housing, and homelessness.  Her research interests are migration and social groups in the city, the built environment, house/home, housing and communities.

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