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Maintenance in a world of free phones

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​How do you look for a job when you are homeless? When most job adverts and applications are online, and you don't have access to a phone or computer?

Professor Ilana Gershon from Indiana University (USA) will visit Leeds Trinity University on Monday 15 May to discuss her work with homeless job-seekers in the United States.

She says: "Looking for work requires technologies that presuppose a home – a mobile phone that can be charged easily and relatively long stretches of access to a computer with internet.

"In the US, free phones are available through the Government and computers at public libraries, but of the homeless people I interviewed in Berkeley, California, their phones were constantly breaking or being stolen and libraries had time limits on computer usage.

"As a result, this group of people have had to develop strategies for maintaining channels of communication and storing information, and value different technologies accordingly. Who or what is responsible for maintaining the infrastructural needs that job-seekers must have before they can successfully find a job?"

In her talk, Professor Gershon will focus on who or what is responsible for maintaining the infrastructural needs that job-seekers must have before they can successfully find a job.

This talk is hosted by the School of Arts and Communication at Leeds Trinity University.

When?

Monday 15 May 2017

Timings

6.00pm                 Reception
6.30pm                 Talk begins
7.30pm                 Talk finishes
8.00pm                 Question and Answer session

Where?

Conference Suite, Leeds Trinity University

How to book

This event is free and open to everyone. Please let us know you're attending by registering on our Eventbrite page.

More information

For more information, please contact Jon Simons, Associate Head of the School of Arts and Communication at Leeds Trinity University on j.simons@leedstrinity.ac.uk