Domestic Imaginaries book is released this month!

Domestic Imaginaries: Navigating the Home in Global Literary and Visual Cultures (edited by Bex Harper and Hollie Price)

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This book examines representations of home in literary and visual cultures in the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection brings together scholars working on literature, film, and photography with the aim of showcasing new research in a burgeoning field focusing on representations of domesticity. The chapters span a diverse range of contexts from across the world and use a variety of approaches to exploring representations of home including studies of space, material culture, sexuality, gender, multiculturalism, diaspora, memory and archival practice. They include explorations of the Finnish Suburban home on film, home and the diasporic imagination in Chinese Canadian women’s writing and the archiving practices and photographs used to document the homes of two gay writers from Australia and New Zealand. By bringing together this range of approaches and subjects, the book explores domestic imaginaries as part of a multi-faceted, mutable and amorphous conception of home in a modern, world context. This collection therefore seeks to further studies of home by investigating how the page, screen and photograph have constructed domestic imaginaries – experiencing, critiquing, reconfiguring and archiving home – in a global age.

Our edited collection, released on 22nd November 2017, is now available for preorder from many bookshops and online from: Springer, Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. 

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CFP: Postgraduate Study Day

Centre for Studies of Home: Postgraduate Study Day 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Centre for Studies of Home’s annual postgraduate study day aims to bring together postgraduates providing them with an opportunity to share current research ideas through a series of short papers. The study day is open to all postgraduates working on home and domesticity in both historical and contemporary contexts.

The study day is convened by the Centre for Studies of Home, a partnership between the Geffrye Museum and Queen Mary, University of London (www.studiesofhome.qmul.ac.uk). 

DATE: Tuesday 21st November 2017

VENUE: The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

 If you wish to submit an abstract (c.200 words) please email it to Danielle Patten by Monday 30th October 2017: dpatten@geffrye-museum.org.uk and book your place via Eventbrite here.

Postgraduate students are very welcome to attend without presenting a paper. If you would like to attend, please book here via Eventbrite. The event is free, but places are limited so please book early to secure your place. If you have any questions please contact Danielle Patten: dpatten@geffrye-museum.org.uk

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Event: Mobile and Temporary Domesticities, 1600-2017

Mobile and Temporary Domesticities, 1600-2017

10th October 2017, Geffrye Museum of the Home

 This one-day workshop explores the ways in which mobility and temporariness inform ideas and practices of home and domesticity. Central questions include: What kinds of domestic practices, material cultures, homemaking strategies and feelings about home are related to mobile or temporary circumstances? What theoretical and methodological challenges can we face when dealing with mobility or temporariness and how could these difficulties be overcome? How can people in temporary or mobile circumstances negotiate control over their own space and everyday life? When is mobility something to aspire to?

The aim is to bring together researchers working in different disciplines to explore similarities and differences between time periods, geographical locations and circumstances, and to discuss how we might relate temporary and mobile domesticities to larger questions about actor agency and shifts in economic, social, and political structures.

If you are interested in attending the conference please register here. Places are free but booking is essential. 

Further information and programme can be found on the conference blog.   

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CFP: Temporary and Mobile Domesticities, 1600 to the present

Call for papers: Temporary and Mobile Domesticities, 1600 to the present

 10th of October 2017, The Geffrye Museum, London

Traditionally, home is imagined as a specific place, a site of stability, continuity, safety, and familiarity. Yet, homelife is also characterised by mobility and temporariness. Medieval households were constantly on the move. Sailors, soldiers, merchants, peddlars and travelling artisans have long traversed land and sea, and servants, apprentices, and lodgers typically inhabited the houses of others – at least for a significant part of the life cycle. More recently, the chaos and disruptions of war and natural disaster have uprooted millions of people from their homes (and homelands) and forced them to spend indeterminate periods of time in temporary conditions. How does the time-limited nature of these residences affect home-making practices, and what can it tell us about the function and meaning of home and domesticity?

This one-day workshop explores the manner in which mobility and temporariness impact upon ideas and practices of home and domesticity. Central questions include: What kinds of domestic practices, material cultures, homemaking strategies and feelings about home are related to mobile or temporary circumstances? What theoretical and methodological challenges can we face when dealing with mobility or temporariness and how could these difficulties be overcome? How can people in temporary or mobile circumstances negotiate control over their own space and everyday life? When is mobility something to aspire to?

The aim is to bring together researchers working in different disciplines to explore similarities and differences between time periods, geographical locations and circumstances.  Furthermore, the objective is to discuss how we might relate temporary and mobile domesticities to larger questions about actor agency and shifts in economic, social, and political structures.

 Submissions can take the form of 1520 minute papers, but we also welcome submissions of less traditional formats – proposals for film, performances, and artworks would be particularly enthusiastically received. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

– Momentary homemaking

– The material culture of portability     

– The sense of home/belonging or homelessness/alienation in relation to mobility

– Mobile and transportable housing and housing design

– Institutional and charitable responses to mobility

– How do social identities and stages in the life cycle affect ideas about temporary living?

– The extent and scale of mobile and temporary homes from the local to the global

– Remembering and reproducing home and homeland from a distance

– Escaping home through mobility

 

We encourage submissions both from academics as well as non-academics working with related themes.

Send 200-250 word abstracts (preferably as .docx) to mobiledomesticities@gmail.com by 6th of August 2017.

Workshop location: The Geffrye Museum of Home, 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

For more info click here

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Event: Decoding the domestic interior in British portraits

Decoding the domestic interior in British portraits, seminar, 28 June 2017

There are still places available for the Decoding the domestic interior in British portraits, seminar. This seminar for scholars and museum professionals seeks to explore some key themes around the nature of domestic interiors as found in British portraits from the early modern period to the present day. How can we start to interpret the pictorial world in which portrait sitters are placed? Are such spaces representations of contemporary interiors, or are they fictional spheres which – like pose, costume, and props – serve to convey coded messages about the sitters? By exploring portraits in various media throughout this period, speakers will consider these questions, helping interiors and portrait researchers to understand these mediated artistic constructs and interpret the contemporary symbolism within.

 

This event is a collaboration between the Histories of Home and the Understanding British Portraits Subject Specialist Networks. It is aimed at researchers, academics, and museum professionals engaged with portraiture, or historical and modern interiors. Papers will include scholarly case studies as well as contributions from museum professionals using portraits as a research tool, and engaging audiences in design history through the use of historic portraits.

Further details, programme, and booking form available at: www.britishportraits.org.uk/eventsand https://historiesofhomessn.wordpress.com/

Venue: Geffrye Museum, London

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Event:

Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display 

Professor Peggy Levitt

The Geffrye Museum, Lecture Room 

Thursday 9th March 2017, 3-4pm

Free 

According to the World Bank, one out of every seven people in the world today is an international or internal migrant who moves by choice or by force.  Our cities are increasingly diverse—people from over 184 countries call London home. So how do we learn to get along? Museums have always played a leading role in creating nations and national citizens. In today’s global world, do they also create global citizens too?  This talk looks at how museums around the world are making sense of immigration and globalization. Based on first-hand conversations with museum directors, curators, and policymakers; their descriptions of current and future exhibitions; and the inside stories about the famous paintings and iconic objects that define their collections, I provide a close-up view of how different kinds of institutions balance nationalism and cosmopolitanism and what it is about particular cities and nations that explains the outcome. 

This talk is free to attend; no booking is required. Directions to the museum can be found here

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CFP: THE WORKING CLASS AT HOME, 1770–2017

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE WORKING CLASS AT HOME, 17702017 

One day workshop:  Thursday 4th May 2017

The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA

In recent years there has been a proliferation of publications – across a range of disciplines – which have the working-class home at their centre. These works have questioned our approach to the working-class home through both a re-reading of traditional sources and a utilisation of previously overlooked archival evidence that grant unprecedented access to these homes. New interpretations have begun to overturn our previous understandings of the working-class home and its inhabitants. Moreover, those exploring the working-class home are now moving beyond the experiences of city slum dwellings to examine a much broader geographical, socio-economic, and ethnically diverse working class and the wider range of dwellings they inhabited. 

This interdisciplinary one day workshop will bring together academics (postgraduates, early career researchers, and established scholars) from across numerous disciplines – History, English Literature, Art History, Archaeology, Geography, and other disciplines – as well as archive and museum professionals to discuss approaches to exploring the working-class home. We welcome papers discussing the working-class home both in Britain and beyond, spanning the long 19th and 20th centuries. 

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Re-reading the slum interior
  • Unveiling the working-class home 
  • Material culture and the working-class home
  • Finding a home 
  • The rural ‘working-class’ home
  • ‘Homeless’ homes
  • Mobility and working-class domestic life
  • Teaching the working-class home
  • Presenting the working-class home to the public
  • Visual representations of working-class homes
  • Alternative homes

Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr Nicola Wilson, University of Reading, author of Home in British Working-Class Fiction (Ashgate, 2015).

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with a speaker bibliography of up to 125 words to v.holmes@qmul.ac.uk by the 31st March 2017. Poster submissions are also welcome from postgraduates wishing to attend.  Papers will be of 15–20 mins in length, dependent on the number of submissions.

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