Seminar Series at the Institute of Historical Research

Institute of Historical Research seminar series on ‘Studies of Home’: monthly seminars on Wednesdays at 5.30. See and the programme below for further details.

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Programme 2015 – 16

Venue: Senate House, South Block: Peter Marshall Room 204
Time: Wednesdays 5.30 pm 

Autumn term 
Wednesday 7 October 2015
Peter Marshall Room 204
Good for you? The Pleasures and Perils of Reading Domestic Advice.
Grace Lees Maffei (University of Hertfordshire).
Wednesday 4 November 2015
Peter Marshall Room 204
“I slept in the living room on a sofa”: The Sleeping Spaces of the 19th-Century Working-Class Home.
Vicky Holmes (University of Essex).
Wednesday 2 December 2015
Peter Marshall Room 204
The Resident Artist: Making Performance in your Council Estate Home.
Katie Beswick (Exeter University).
Spring term 
Wednesday 6 January 2016
Peter Marshall Room 204
Connecting worlds: intersections between spatial, temporal, material and spiritual realms within Vietnamese homes in East London.
Annabelle Wilkins (Queen Mary University of London).
Wednesday 3 February 2016
Peter Marshall Room 204
The Colonial Home in sub-Saharan Africa: an Entangled History.
Britta Schilling (University of Utrecht).
Wednesday 2 March 2016
Peter Marshall Room 204
Settling at home: Class, gender and domesticity in the Settlement House, 1880-1914.
Lucinda Matthews-Jones (Liverpool John Moores University). 
Summer term 
Wednesday 4 May 2016
Peter Marshall Room 204
"I have had them in my hands often": domestic servants and the material culture of the eighteenth-century domestic space.
Tessa Chynoweth (Queen Mary University of London).  
Wednesday 1 June 2016
Peter Marshall Room 204
From Country House to Empire Home: Material Cultures of the East India Company.
Margot Finn (University College London).


Convenors: Alison Blunt (Queen Mary, University of London) and Eleanor John (The Geffrye – Museum of the Home)

Co-convenors: Victor Buchli (UCL), Jane Hamlett (RHUL) and Sara Pennell (Roehampton)

Funding: We are grateful to The Geffrye – Museum of the Home, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, UCL and the IHR for supporting this series.

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