A.H.R.B. Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior
The Centre's new registers of scholars and Ph.D. theses are now on-line
The Register of Scholars and the Register of Doctoral Theses compile
information on people around the world who are researching any aspect of
the domestic interior 1400 to the pres.ent. To access the directories go to
the Centre's website: www.rca.ac.uk/csdi/ under 'people'.
If you would like to contribute an entry to either register, please see the
website for submission details, or email the Centre at [log in to unmask]
Age, Gender and Domestic Culture
3 July 2004
Royal Holloway, University of London
(a joint symposium organized by the Bedford Centre for the History of
Women, Royal Holloway College, University of London, and CSDI)
This one-day interdisciplinary symposium will address the importance of age
and gender to domestic culture in historical and contemporary communities.
The event aims to facilitate broad discussion across disciplines, bringing
together social, cultural and design historians, anthropologists and
sociologists from a range of national and international universities
working on a variety of domestic environments. The event seeks to encourage
comparisons between research approaches and also between the domestic
cultures of different periods and different social groups. The themes that
will be addressed include the experience of old age and the concept of
home; the construction and experience of childhood; the relationships
between paid and unpaid members of a household; age, gender and the
representation of domestic settings; and changing roles and authority
within domestic environments according to lifecycle and gender.
A programme, booking forms and further information will be posted shortly
on the Bedford Centre website (www.rhul.ac.uk/bedford-centre) and CSDI
website (www.rca.ac.uk/csdi). Please contact Beverley Duguid,
bedford.centre@ rhul.ac.uk (tel: +44 (0)1784 414 098) for further details.
Literature and the Domestic Interior
Call for Papers
23 October 2004
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
'Think of a kitchen table then', he told her, 'when you're not there'. Woolf
'The interior furniture of houses appeared together with the interior
furniture of minds.' Lukacs
Ideas and descriptions of the home figure widely in literature. The
domestic interior frequently provides either subject or context of
narrative whether in drama, poetry or fiction. Metaphors referring to the
domestic interior proliferate, and claims for their significance are
widespread. This one-day conference will explore different instances of the
literary representation of the domestic interior in writing from 1400 to
the present. This event is part of an ongoing initiative at the AHRB Centre
for the Study of the Domestic Interior to develop and support an
interdisciplinary community of postgraduates and scholars working in fields
related to the domestic interior.
Papers might address one or more of the following themes:
The psychological interior
Literature and illustration
Imagining the historical interior
Realism and the interior
Theatre and the domestic interior
Please send proposals for 20 minute papers by 15 June 2004 to:
Charlotte Grant, [log in to unmask]
AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior
Royal College of Art
Please include email address and other contact details
Wealth and Poverty
7-9 July 2004
73rd Anglo- American Conference of Historians
Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
The conference will aim to cover a long chronological span from the Ancient
World to the present day and a wide geographical area. The conference will
address a variety of themes among which might be the following.
How do people think of wealth and poverty?
How is wealth justified and condemned?
Poverty as an ideal.
Poverty as an evil.
How have religions influenced ideas of wealth and poverty?
How is wealth created?
How is poverty alleviated?
How have political ideologies influenced wealth and poverty and the
relationship between them?
Should wealth be re-distributed?
The impact of debt and credit.
How do issues relating to wealth and poverty differ among different regions
of the world and between urban and rural areas?
How do wealth and poverty affect perceptions of gender?
How do wealth and poverty affect perception of class?
How does wealth or poverty affect families?
How does age affect wealth or poverty?
How has wealth, and poverty, been transmitted across the generations?
How have different societies defined and viewed wealth and poverty?
Contact: Dr Debra Birch, Head of Events and Facilities, Institute of
Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. Email:
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A Question of Privacy
15-16 September 2004
University of Essex
This conference will examine the concept of privacy, both in its historical
context and in terms of the contemporary practice of historians, from an
international., comparative perspective. Contact: Edward Higgs
([log in to unmask]) or Matthew Woollard ([log in to unmask]), The Arts
and Humanities Data Service, Department of History, University of Essex.
69 Middleton Road, Banbury, Oxon. OX16 3QR, UK
Tel./Fax: +44-(0)1295 270344. Mobile: +44-(0)7941 187904.
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