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Call for papers: CSH conference: Teaching and Learning about home and domestic life

Thursday 27 June 2013, The Geffrye Museum of the Home

The home and domestic life are rich subjects for life-long learning. Home is part of the history curriculum in schools and has become the focus for a growing range of undergraduate courses in subjects such as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, geography, history and literary studies. The home and domestic life are centrally important in the learning and engagement programmes of a wide range of museums, including those specialising in the domestic interior, historic house museums, living history museums and houses associated with notable individuals.

The conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum of the Home, brings together educators working on home and domestic life in schools, universities and the museum and heritage sectors. Papers are invited that address the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning about home to different age groups and diverse communities. By bringing together educators from a wide range of contexts and places, the conference aims to address the distinctive issues involved in teaching and learning about home and domestic life in the past and present.

For more information please see the call for papers.

Please submit a 200 word abstract to Jacqueline Winston-Silk by Monday 22 April.


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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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Centre for Studies of Home Postgraduate Study Day 2012

The CSH’s annual postgraduate study day is taking place on 23 October 2012 at the Geffrye Museum of the Home in London.  This event is open to all postgraduate students working on home and domesticity.

Current and recent postgraduate students are invited to submit a brief summary of their proposed paper.  The deadline for submissions is 07 September 2012.

Click below for the call for papers and booking form.    For further information about the CSH please refer to the CSH website or email Zoe Hudson.

CSH PG study day CFP


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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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Call for Submissions: Material World Occasional Paper Series

Material World is seeking submissions for the new Occasional Paper Series. The aim is to make available works that are hard to publish in conventional academic environments because they are multi-media, long or short, reports, polemical, or otherwise exploratory, creative and innovative. The Occasional Paper Series is fully peer-reviewed and is indexed by the Library of Congress.

Enquiries and expressions of interest should be emailed to Haidy Geismar at hg26 @

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Call for Papers: Furniture History Society Research Seminar

Friday 23 November 2012

The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

The concept of this event is to present current studies on topics of furniture history, furniture construction/design/conservation and the history of interiors by MA and PhD students, and museum/heritage curators and professionals at an early stage of their career.  It is envisaged that the seminar will provide useful insights into current trends of research. The seminar will be open for attendance by ticket to Furniture History Society (FHS) members and others involved in education and study of furniture and interiors. Each paper should last 15 minutes with a powerpoint presentation in fluent English.

Interested speakers should submit an abstract of 250 words outlining their area of study, research methodologies and sources along with a current CV and details of one referee to Clarissa Ward, FHS Grants Secretary, email, by 16th April  2012. Some grants for travel expenses from distant locations may be available – if required please give details when submitting abstract.

This event is being organised by the Tom Ingram Fund (FHS Grants) Committee, who will format the programme and confirm details to speakers by 12th May 2012.

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Call for articles: The Temporary Interior special issue

Call for Articles – Special Issue of Interiors (Berg Publishers, Vol. 4 Issue 1 – 2013)


The editors Anne Massey (Kingston University) and John Turpin (High Point University) invite contributions to the journal’s 2013 special issue DEGREES OF EPHEMERALITY: The Temporary Interior. Nothing lasts forever, and because of their architectural shells, interiors are often perceived as being more permanent than they are. But this is an ideal, reinforced by notions of everlasting good design, promulgated partly by architectural modernism. Interiors may be altered or changed over time, even from day to day. But this usually affects only the character or function of the interior. What about the interiors whose purpose is specifically temporary, unplanned, or makeshift? What about the ephemeral vistas of international exhibitions? The prefabricated home? The Pop-Up shop or gallery? Mobile interiors, including cinemas, circuses and caravans? The inflatable structure? The 21st century has witnessed natural disasters that have wiped out entire communities requiring the need for immediate shelter for those displaced from their homes. Social unrest-whether driven by political or economic factors-has encouraged or required the development of tent cities. From refugee camps to parks appropriated for protest, temporary interiors are being created all over the world. This Special Issue of Interiors explores the design of these spaces and the unique relationship between the human and the interiors, whether created by the individual or standardized by a second party.

The editors welcome submissions of articles addressing the topic of the temporary interior 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 15 May 2012.

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:

Anne Massey

John Turpin

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