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Temporary and Mobile Domesticities, 1600 to the present

October 10, 2017
Centre for Studies of Home

The Geffrye Museum of Home, 136 Kingsland Road
London E2 8EA
United Kingdom

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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?


10.00-10.20 Registration 

10.20-10.30 Welcome 

10.30-11.30 Panel 1

Kathryn White (University of Birmingham): “Tommy’s Home”: Temporary Domesticity of the YMCA’s Huts in the First World War

Amanda Stevens, (Open University/ National Railway Museum): Home on the Rails

Charles Fawell (University of Chicago): Neighbourhoods Afloat: Living Together on the ‘East-of-Suez’ Steamships of the French and British Emires, c. 1830-1930

11.30-11.45 Tea and coffee

11.45-12.30 Panel 2

Janet C. Bowstead (Royal Holloway, University of London): Changing journeys into journeyscapes: enhancing women’s control over their domestic violence mobility

Julie Le Hegarat (Indiana University, Bloomington): Film: ‘Cenotaph’

12.30-13.00 Special Session

Hannah Fleming (Curator, Geffrye Museum): Mobile and Temporary Domesticity at the Geffrye Museum of the Home 

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.45 Panel 3 

Dina Gusejnova (University of Sheffield): The Many Lives of Tarpaulin: thinking about temporary homes on the radio 

Valerie Burton & Catherine McCausland (Memorial University Newfoundland): ‘At Home’ to the Sea: Embroidering and Historicizing the Un/ Settled Newfoundland Family 

14.45-15.00 Break

15.00-15.45 Panel 4

Michael Pearce (Independent Scholar): ‘For my Lord to goe to Londone of stuffe’ – Elite mobility and homemaking in the 1630s.

Ute Sonnleitner (ÖGB- Department of Education/ Styria): ‘Bohemia’ and ‘Home Sweet Home’ – Actors‘ and Actresses‘ mobilities 1850-1950 

15.45-16.00 Tea and coffee

16.00-17.00 Keynote and discussion 

Alastair Owens (Queen Mary University of London): Restless domesticity: poverty, mobility and material culture in Victorian London


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September 29, 2017, 11:00pm BST

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