Monthly Archives: December 2012

Call for Papers: Home time: temporalities of domestic life

Conference session at the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, Annual conference, London, 28-30 August 2013

Domestic life contains within it traces of past homes and prospects of future homes. It is lived with senses of continuity and change between different times and spaces of home. This session brings together research exploring domestic life with a special attentiveness to temporality in the meaning and experience of home. This includes the home’s own lived, material and imagined past, present and possible future; the nature and experience of home over the life course; the home as a site of looking back and looking ahead; and the ways in which both past and future homes shape ongoing relationships with domestic space and practices of home-making. The session explores how themes of continuity, change, loss, nostalgia, memory and plans, prospects and expectations of the future cross cut the lived, material and emotional geographies of home.

Convenors: Prof. Alison Blunt, Dr Caron Lipman, Prof. Catherine Nash, Dr Alastair Owens, School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London

Please send 200 word abstracts to Catherine Nash, School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS, by 1 February 2013.

Please note: the session is subject to being accepted by the RGS-IBG conference organisers. We will be able to confirm this by late February.


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Call for Papers: Home Intimacies: Histories of Home SSN fifth annual conference


The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) is inviting papers for the fifth annual conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum in London on Friday 22 March 2013.  Home Intimacies call for papers.

Keynote speaker: Dr Jane Hamlett, Royal Holloway, University of London
“Public, Private or Intimate? Rethinking the Victorian and Edwardian Middle-Class Home”

This conference seeks to examine the many intimacies of home – familial, social, sexual – and the role of emotions, material objects, home spaces and household structures in fostering, limiting and mediating intimacy. We aim to bring together papers exploring intimacy in both the past and present, across a range of places and from a range of disciplines.

Papers might include, but are not limited to:

  • (changing) notions of intimacy over time and space
  • the (changing) role of domestic spaces, practices and material objects in mediating intimacy
  • intimacy and emotions in the home
  • intimacy across a range of household relationships – parent/child; master-mistress/domestic servants; siblings; couples and polyamorous relationships; friendship and companionship; human/pet
  • intimacy over the life-cycle
  • home and intimacy beyond the household (eg. over diaspora)
  • contested intimacies at home
  • representations of intimacy at home in text and image (including domestic/family photography and film)

Please submit proposals, including title, abstract (200-300 words) and a brief biographical statement (100 words) by 10 January 2013 to:

 Alexandra Goddard, Assistant Keeper – Interpretation and Exhibitions

Participants will be notified of acceptance by 31 January 2013.

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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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DHS Student Travel Award

The Student Travel Award is awarded by the Design History Society biannually to encourage and support research activity amongst students in the field of design history. The grant is open to all undergraduates and postgraduate scholars in the field of design history in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The next Student Travel Award application deadline is January 15th 2013.

This award of up to £500 can help with the cost of research trips, including travel and expenses.

Please see the website for more details.

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