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Visiting Rites: Accessing the English Home, c.1650-1850

September 10, 2009
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United Kingdom

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The home is often portrayed as somehow separate from the wider world. Yet the home was always a permeable space, penetrated by visitors (both long and short-term, from lodgers to dinner guests), servants, trades people and thieves. This conference will focus on the interfaces between the home and the world beyond the "front door": the range of people who came and went; the ways in which properties and activities were structured to receive, segregate or repel visitors; the ideas of hospitality, commensality and sociability shaping domestic accessibility; and the (re)imaginings of home and domestic conduct that accompanied these processes. Keynote speakers: Carolyn Steedman & Amanda Vickery. Proposals: including a title and abstract of c.300 words, should be sent to


Professor Jon Stobart (Northampton) & Dr Sara Pennell (Roehampton)


University of Northampton, Northampton, UK


Prof. Jon Stobart, University of Northampton or Dr Sara Pennell, University of Roehampton

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