F U L B R I G H T F O R U M
"Creating Family When Family is Not Present: An Analysis of Housing Relationships Outside the Joint Family"
Speaker: Ms. Haley K. Sanner
Date: October 4, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM
Venue: USEF Nepal Auditorium, Gyaneshwor, Kathmandu
With new demographic and migration patterns, Nepalis are less available to perform traditional caregiving responsibilities for their aging parents, sometimes leaving them socially isolated. Because of this, Nepal needs innovative housing solutions that create a networked caregiving system between individuals, families, and communities.
This talk will analyze the potential market for intergenerational and other housing innovations to address population aging, the slow decline of joint family living, and housing discrimination in Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. Considering intersections with caste, gender and sexuality, my Fulbright research focused on evaluating housing relationships outside of the joint family to understand the opportunities to create family-like community when family is not present. Through my research, I hope to create more dialogue around how Nepal can prepare for upcoming demographic shifts by making housing situations and living patterns more sustainable, inclusive, and socially cohesive.
Haley Sanner is an at-large Fulbright Student Researcher who earned her BA from Davidson College and has been working in the field of social gerontology in both the US and Nepal.