The Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network in collaboration with the University of Nottingham is inviting papers for the sixth annual conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum, London, on Friday 28 March 2014.
Convened by: James Mansell, Department of Culture, Film & Media, University of Nottingham and Alex Goddard, Geffrye Museum
This conference seeks to examine the sensory atmospheres of home, both past and present, and their evocation in museums, galleries and historic houses. From the smell of familiar cooking to the warm glow of an electric light, sensory atmospheres contribute to a feeling of being at home. In contrast, unwelcome intrusions on the senses, such as an unexpected noise, or a neighbour’s unwanted gaze can disrupt domestic equilibrium transforming feelings of comfort and safety into their opposites. The senses are central to the lived experience of home, though can be challenging to evoke in the museum or historic house environment. We invite 20 minute papers from academics and arts/heritage professionals addressing the sensory study of home, both in terms of research and modes of display.
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