Monthly Archives: May 2011

Call for Articles: Interiors Journal Special issue


Call for Articles ­ Special Issue (Vol. 3 Issue 1  – 2012)

The editors Anne Massey (Kingston University) and John Turpin (Washington State University) invite contributions to the journal`s 2012 special issue SPECIAL EFFECTS: Technology and the Interior Experience. This issue will examine the impact of technology on the development of the interior and the accompanying human experience. As the 21st century unfolds, technological additions, integrations and interventions have become more pervasive altering our interface with the built environment and greatly impacting our perception of the world around us: requiring us to face reality on the one hand, and yet allowing us to slip into immersive fantasies on the other. The divisions between outside and inside have become more porous, with virtual worlds and lived experience colliding and coalescing. Gadgets for the home; technology and sustainable living; shopping and atmosphere; projecting digital place and the development of gendered technologies are all areas that are open for analysis from an interior studies perspective.
The editors welcome submissions of articles addressing the topic of the interior and technology broadly defined. Submissions reflecting the latest research on the interior from historians, practitioners and theorists are particularly welcomed. Principal articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words, including notes and references, with 4-8 illustrations are invited, and should be sent as an attachment to by 31st July 2010.
Further details of the Journal, including Notes for Contributors, are available at
If you have any queries about the Journal or about submitting an article, please contact us on this email address:

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New report shows arts and humanities highly connected

New research released on 17 May shows that the arts and humanities make a significant contribution to the UK economy in part thanks to researchers being so highly connected with UK businesses. Commissioned by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and undertaken by the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at the University of Cambridge the report, Hidden Connections: Knowledge exchange between the arts and humanities and the private, public and third sectors, has surveyed over 3500 academics in the Arts and Humanities as well as over 2,500 businesses in all sectors of the UK economy as part of the study. In addition the report contains 33 case studies of interactions involving arts and humanities academics.

Alan Hughes, Director of the CBR, said: “One of the most important findings of the report is that a narrow focus on patenting and licensing greatly understates the role in knowledge exchange played by academics in general and by those in the Arts and Humanities in particular. Academics connect through a  wide range of problem solving, people based and community activities which both the private and public sectors value highly but which remain hidden if a narrow commercialisation lens is used to view academic interactions with extermnal organisations .”

The conventional wisdom that cultural differences or disagreements over intellectual property rights are significant problems is not shown in the evidence. There are, however, areas where improved connectivity would both support academic pursuits and wider benefits for society and the economy. This connectivity, the report suggests, could be improved by better flows of information and stronger ways to support the development and management of relationships.

The report can be  download here: Hidden Connections: Knowledge Exchange Between the Arts and Humanities and the Private, Public and Third Sectors (pdf 1021kb)

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SSN launches blog

Welcome to the Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) blog. You will still find an archive of SSN resources on the Collections Link webpage, but new content will now be added to these pages.

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