Studies of Home

The home has become an important focus of historical research, spanning work on the domestic sphere (including everyday domestic life, domestic architecture, interior design and domestic material cultures) to the significance of home beyond the domestic (including broader ideas about dwelling, belonging, privacy and security). Personal and sometimes hidden histories of home are closely intertwined with wider political, economic and social histories, as shown by ideas about the nation and empire as home, the intersections of home and work, and more recent histories of homeland security. Concerned with the intimate and everyday histories of home alongside their significance far beyond the domestic scale, this seminar series will bring together academics working across a wide range of disciplines with those studying home in the arts and cultural sector to address key themes and approaches for understanding histories of home from ancient to contemporary times.
Formally the Histories of Home, the seminar series is a core activity of the new Centre for Studies of Home, launched in 2011 in partnership between Queen Mary, University of London, and The Geffrye – Museum of the Home. The research centre aims to create an internationally important hub of research, knowledge exchange and dissemination activities on the home. The new IHR seminar series will provide an intellectual home for researchers based in London and visiting from elsewhere to exchange their knowledge and ideas.

1 Feb 2017

Dwelling in the temporary: (im)mobilities in conflict

Cathrine Brun (Oxford Brookes University)
2 Mar 2016

Settling at home: Class, gender and domesticity in the Settlement House, 1880-1914

Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University)
4 Feb 2015

Dissident domesticity: an ethnographic conceptualist approach to house arrest and diplomatic asylum

Michal Murawski (UCL) Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (artist)
6 Nov 2013

Living with the past at home: domestic prehabitation and inheritance

Caron Lipman and Catherine Nash (Queen Mary, University of London)
8 May 2013

Healthy homes, healthy bodies in late Renaissance Italy

Sandra Cavallo and Tessa Storey (Royal Holloway, University of London)
7 Nov 2012

Consumer non-choices in the eighteenth century home

Conor Lucey (University College Dublin)
7 Mar 2012

Home-making in pre-modern England

Sara Pennell (Roehampton University)
8 Feb 2012

Domestic subjects: the East India Company at home, 1757-1857

Helen Clifford, Ellen Filor, Margot Finn and Kate Smith (University of Warwick)