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Home Atmospheres: Sensing and Feeling at Home - Call for Papers

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 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.

Further details available - Call for Papers.

To submit a proposal, please complete and return a Proposal Form available here to jwinston-silk@geffrye-museum.org.uk by Monday 16 December.