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Beyond the Home: New Histories of Domestic Servants

September 7, 2017 - September 8, 2017
TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities

Radcliffe Humanities
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road
Oxford OX26GG
United Kingdom

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This conference in Oxford on the 7th and 8th September 2017 will explore the lives and experiences of servants beyond their domestic workplaces. Domestic service, in its various forms, has long provided one of the most significant sources of employment for men, women and children around the world. Existing studies have successfully explored the servant experience in their place of work, yet contributions made by servants outside the home – to social, cultural, economic and political life – have been little explored. Beyond the Home will be an opportunity to explore fresh perspectives on both the history of domestic service and its impact on society at a local and global level.

The conference’s 20-minute papers reflect diverse chronologies and geographies. Topics will include, though are not limited to:

•    Social lives and sociability

•    Writing, painting and creative practices

•    Religious affiliations

•    Community organisations

•    Servants’ own homes and families

•    Political activism

•    Participation in civil society and worker organisations

An aim of the workshop is to focus upon developing our ideas around these themes with a view to publishing an edited collection of papers.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Carolyn Steedman of the University of Warwick. The full conference programme is available below and on the conference website.

Registration for the conference is now open via the conference website. Waged registration costs £20, unwaged registration costs £10, this covers both days and refreshments.

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August 31, 2017, 9:00am BST

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