Seminar: Domestic Advice Literature and Histories of Home

The Histories of Home Specialist Subject Network and the Modern Interiors Research Centre (Kingston University) are pleased to announce a one-day seminar on ‘Domestic Advice Literature and Histories of Home’.

The seminar will take place on Thursday 31 January 2013 at the Geffrye, Museum of the Home, London.

The event will bring together scholars from different disciplines to consider the role of advice literature in the study of the home, its design and interiors, recognising the significance of the source in shaping our perceptions and representations of the domestic sphere. Examples of home decoration and household management advice published from the second of half of the 19th century onwards will be discussed. Themes will include the problematic nature of the relationship between ‘ideal’ and ‘real’ interiors and the multiple agendas and influences which can inform the production of different types of domestic advice.

Speakers will include Professor Penny Sparke (Kingston University), Dr Grace Lees-Maffei (University of Hertfordshire), Dr Lesley Hoskins, Dr Rachel Ritchie (Brunel University), Dr Emma Ferry (Nottingham Trent University), Dr Nicholas Tromans (Kingston University) and Dr Patricia Lara-Betancourt (Kingston University).

The full programme for the day can be found here: Domestic Advice Literature Programme

Tickets for the seminar will be priced at £20 (£10 for students).

To reserve a place, please download the seminar booking form and email it to Hannah Brown.

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