The conference will explore the multiple languages and practices of domestic authority as they evolved in Britain during the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The organisers will welcome papers falling under three headings:
Masters, mistresses and servants
Intergenerational authority: parents, children and the elderly
Contributors are invited to consider a number of broad questions within these themes. How were intra-familial relations structured by gender, class, generation and location? How were power and resources distributed within domestic spaces, and how did this change over time? How were the boundaries between domestic and 'public' life established and negotiated? How did home life relate to other realms, such as the state, consumer politics, youth cultures, leisure activities and social movements? What was the impact of developments in technology, employment and education on structures of familial authority?
Proposals (max 300 words) should be submitted by 15th March 2006 (preferably earlier!) to email@example.com The conference will take place on 26th-27th July 2006 at King's College, Cambridge, and will be limited to 60 participants. We welcome proposals from graduate students, for whom bursaries may be available.
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