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Mobile and Temporary Domesticities, 1600-2017

10th October 2017, Geffrye Museum

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?

The aim is to bring together researchers working in different disciplines to explore similarities and differences between time periods, geographical locations and circumstances, and to discuss how we might relate temporary and mobile domesticities to larger questions about actor agency and shifts in economic, social, and political structures.

Provisional programme:

10.00–10.15 Registration

10.20–10.30 Introduction

10.30–11.30 Panel 1

Amanda Stevens (Open University/National Railway Museum): Home on the Rails

Dina Gusejnova (University of Sheffield): The Many Lives of Tarpaulin: thinking about temporary homes on the radio

Charles Fawell (University of Chicago): Neighborhoods Afloat: Living Together on the ‘East-of-Suez’ Steamships of the French and British Empires, c. 1880 – 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): Cenotaph

12.30–13.30 Lunch

13.30–14.30 Panel 3

Michael Pearce (Independent Scholar): ‘For my Lord to goe to Londone of stuffe’ – Elite mobility and homemaking in the 1630s.

2nd paper TBC

14.30–14.45 Break

14.45–15.45 Panel 4

Ute Sonnleitner (ÖGB- Department of Education/ Styria): ‘Bohemia’ and ‘Home Sweet Home’ – Actors‘ and Actresses‘ mobilities 1850-1950

Kathryn White (University of Birmingham): “Tommy’s Home”: Temporary Domesticity of the YMCA’s Huts in the First World War

Valerie Burton & Catherine McCausland (Memorial University Newfoundland): "At Home" to the Sea: Embroidering and Historicizing the Un/Settled Newfoundland Family

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

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