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Luisa Schneider

Luisa T. Schneider

Nias Individual Fellow

Project title

Living intimacy without privacy: houselessness and the individualisation of social suffering

Project description

In international human rights law, privacy and intimacy are considered fundamental rights. Privacy encompasses the non-public sphere, such as the home and private life, while intimacy includes emotional and sexual aspects of one’s life. However, these rights are based on the assumption that the private and public spheres are separated by the walls of one’s home.

Luisa Schneider explores the impact of houselessness on privacy and intimacy, examining the lives of houseless individuals and the policies that affect them. Focusing on Germany as a case study. By gathering the life stories of over 300 houseless individuals and analyzing the institutional, legal, and social aspects of their lives, she aims to shed light on often overlooked aspects of the experiences of houseless individuals.

Selected publications

Luisa T. Schneider (2022) ‘My home is my people’ homemaking among rough sleepers in Leipzig, Germany. Housing Studies, 37(2), 232-249, DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2020.1844157

Luisa T. Schneider (2023). ‘Let me take a vacation in prison before the streets kill me! ’ Rough sleepers’ longing for prison and the reversal of less eligibility in neoliberal carceral continuums. Punishment & Society, 25(1), 60–79. https://doi.org/10.1177/14624745211010222

Luisa T. Schneider (2023). “ Rape, ritual, rupture, and repair: Decentering Euro-American logics of trauma and healing in an analytic autoethnography of the five years after my rape in Sierra Leone.” Ethos. 1– 16. https://doi.org/10.1111/etho.12392