*CANCELED* Having No Home sweet Home

Date: Time: 14:45 Location: Black Box, Esplanade building, Tilburg University

*CANCELED* Join us at this symposium about the modern face of homelessness. From employed individuals without homes, to couch-surfers and those sleeping on sidewalks, we will explore social and psychological aspects for a deeper understanding of what it means to have no home. (English / SG Certificate*)

Time: 14:45 - 16:45 uur.  Admission free, registration required.

What it means to be homeless

Where do you find rest when you have no place to call home? It's a haunting question that those without shelter must think about every single day. When you are homeless you don’t’ have a fixed, regular, and adequate place to live. This often results in living on the streets, in shelters, or temporarily staying with others. There are multiple causes of homelessness such as poverty, unemployment, mental illness, substance abuse, family breakdown, and inadequate housing.

New ways of being homeless 

But homelessness isn't confined to the stereotypical image of a person sleeping rough on a sidewalk. In today's world, it's not uncommon to find individuals with jobs who still have to grapple with the harsh reality of not having a place to call home. For many of these individuals it means a constant shuffle between ‘living’ on the couches of friends and family, uneasy nights spent in cars, or trying to find some rest in overcrowded emergency shelters. 

This shows the face of homelessness is changing, becoming more nuanced and widespread than before.

Perhaps it is time to recognize that homelessness takes on many forms, and may therefore not only be a problem for those without a permanent residence. How exactly is homelessness related to a broader housing crisis that we are currently facing for example? And how to create a future where everyone has a place to call home? Let’s discuss these and many more questions during this interactive symposium. 


At this symposium we will delve deeply into the complex issues associated with homelessness. This event offers an interdisciplinary approach, not only examining the social backgrounds that can lead to this challenging reality, but also exploring the psychological impact of homelessness. This way we want to explore the idea that homelessness is not simply a matter of lacking housing; it strikes at the core of one's identity and well-being, directly influencing our society as a whole. 

A highlight of our symposium is the conversation with a dedicated volunteer and expert by experience from a homeless shelter. This expert will provide us with insight into the daily lives of the homeless and the challenges they face. 

Next to short lectures by (academic) experts, we will host an interactive discussion session where the audience is encouraged to actively participate and share their ideas. This symposium will be moderated by Hans van Dijk, co-founder of Serve the City Tilburg.

The debate will be followed by an informal get together (16:45-17:45) with drinks and a small bite to finish those conversations you didn’t have time for during the event. 



  • No Home sweet Home

    Hans van Dijk

    Associate Professor at the TIAS School for Business & Society, Tilburg University

    Next to being an Associate Professor, dr. Hans van Dijk is the Academic Director of the Leadership & Management Program at TIAS, author of the book Destructive Dynamics, and co-founder of the Including Behavior Institute. He earned his PhD cum laude on Diversity in Teams, wrote more than a dozen scientific papers on diversity & inclusion, and co-authored a management book on destructive dynamics in organizations. As a speaker he is known for personally challenging and engaging his audience.

More information

This symposium is organized by Studium Generale in cooperation with Serve the City Tilburg.

Contact: Hannah van den Bosch (Studium Generale).

* For students, this event may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions. 

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