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The Working Class at Home, 1770-2017

May 4, 2017
Geography / Centre for Studies of Home, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

136 Kingsland Rd
London E2 8EA
United Kingdom

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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 19thand 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).

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April 14, 2017, 5:00pm BST

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