Join us for a special screening of the film The Eviction, which charts the selling of public housing in the suburb of Millers Point and the eviction of its tenants. In the last year an impressive suite of housing documentaries showcased the numerous failings of housing policy and practice around the world. The panel will explore if housing documentaries like The Eviction are a productive way to contribute to public debate about housing inequalities and urban change.
Introduction: Alistair Sisson, PhD student, University of Sydney
Panel: Blue Lucine, filmmaker; Alan Morris, Professor, Institute for Public Policy and Governance, UTS; and Emma Power, senior research fellow, WSU. Moderator: Dallas Rogers
Alistair Sisson is a PhD student at the University of Sydney whose research looks at the production and contestation of stigma around public housing estates in Sydney, as well as the policy and planning responses that this territorial stigma engenders.
Please arrive 5.45pm for a prompt start
Blue Lucine is a writer, director and an all round troublemaker. She has experimented with many modes of storytelling, from circus and sideshows to commercial newsrooms. After running away from the circus, Blue turned her interest to the screen and in particular, documentary. Her films have screened at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Seen and Heard Festival, and on the jury for the Sydney Latin American Film Festival, Resilience Film Festival and Antenna Documentary Shorts.
Professor Alan Morris is Professor of Institute for Public Policy and Governance and a prominent urban and housing studies scholar. He is the lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery grant (2019-2021) titled 'A hidden crisis? The experience and impacts of precarious housing among international students in the private rental sector’'. He is also Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage grant (2017-2019) titled 'Local government and housing in the 21st century'. In 2014-2016 he was lead Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery grant titled 'Stuck here forever? The dynamics and social consequences of long-term private renting in Australia'.
Dr Emma Power is a Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University.
She is an urban cultural geographer who researches housing, home, ageing and human – animal relations. A particular focus is on everyday practices of homemaking and neighbouring, and the governance of everyday life within home. Emma is an ARC DECRA fellow. Her project, "Ageing, home and housing security among single, asset-poor older women" investigates how housing policy and governance, and ongoing housing mobility, inform how single, asset-poor older women create and maintain a sense of home and security.
Dr Dallas Rogers is a human geographer and his work focuses on the cultures of housing and urban governance. He is an editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy and a convener of the Institute of Australian Geographers Urban Studies Group. Dallas has contributed over 50 opinion pieces and podcasts on cities to outlets such as The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Conversation. He is the founder of City Road Podcast.