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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