Temporary and Mobile Domesticities, 1600 to the present
The Geffrye Museum of Home, 136 Kingsland Road
London E2 8EA
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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?
10.30-11.30 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
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
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
If you are interested in attending the conference please register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mobile-and-temporary-domesticities-1600-2017-tickets-36993864645
Places are free but booking is essential.
September 29, 2017, 11:00pm BST
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