Call for Papers: Domestic Methodologies conference

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Geffrye Museum, London

This one-day conference will focus on the distinctive sources and methods used to study home in both historical and contemporary contexts.  The conference is convened by the Centre for Studies of Home, a partnership between The Geffrye Museum of the Home and Queen Mary, University of London.  The theme of the conference reflects a wide range of interest across the humanities and social sciences in developing distinctive methodologies for studying home.

Abstracts of up to 200 words are invited that address particular sources and methods together with a reflection on the wider methodological issues involved in studying home.  Abstracts should address one or more of the following questions:

  • What is the methodological distinctiveness of studying home?
  • What are the challenges involved in identifying and analysing different sources about domestic life?
  • How and why have different methods been developed to study home across a range of time periods, places and contexts?
  • How can private and often hidden domestic subjects be made visible?
  • What are the ethical issues involved in researching home?
  • What are the risks involved in conducting research within the home, and how might these be overcome?

Please submit abstracts to Zoe Hudson at by 16 April 2012.

The programme will be confirmed by 1 May.

Booking fot this event is now open, please send in booking forms as soon as possible but by 31 May at the very latest.  CSH Domestic Methodologies booking form


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