Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Domestic Space Reader

The Domestic Space Reader, edited by Chiara Briganti and Kathy Mezei, has just been published by the University of Toronto Press!

This pioneering anthology, which is ideal for students and general readers, features writing by key scholars, thinkers, and writers including Gaston Bachelard, Mary Douglas, Le Corbusier, Homi Bhabha, Henri Lefebvre, Mrs. Beeton, Ma Thanegi, Diana Fuss, Beatriz Colomina, and Edith Wharton. Among the many engaging topics explored are: the impact of domestic technologies on family life; the relationship between religion and the home; nomadic peoples and housing; domestic spaces in art and literature, and the history of the bedroom, the kitchen, and the bathroom. The Domestic Space Reader demonstrates how discussions of domestic spaces can help us better understand our inner lives and challenge our perceptions of life in particular times and places.

Chiara Briganti is the academic director for British Programmes of the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University and a visiting research fellow at King’s College London.

Kathy Mezei is a professor emeritus in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University.

Please find the order form and more information here: Briganti Domestic Space Reader

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CSH Seminar ‘The Crises of Care and the Geographies of Home’ by Kim England

Kim England’s seminar ‘The Crises of Care and the Geographies of Home’ will be held on Wednesday 28 November 4.30pm-6.30pm at the Geffrye Museum of the Home, London.  

The seminar will discuss how the mounting care crises speak to themes of home, domestic work and care provision. Care labour – both paid and unpaid – produces tensions that arise from who provides care, ideas of public/private and the social and spatial ambiguities associated with the home as a workplace. At the same time the care labour that takes place within homes is closely tied to practices unfolding at other geographic scales, including work-life reconciliation, labour market dynamics, and the global migration of care workers. The contemporary American context is the primary focus, but the intention is to also invite analysis of different historical moments and other geographical locations associated with care crises past and present.

A booking form can be found here: Seminar booking form. Please return it to hbrown@geffrye-museum.org.uk

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