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Conference: Private Identities, Private Spaces

Date: 14 - 15 May 2013

Venue: Lancaster University, Conference Centre

Conference: Private Identities, Private Spaces

This conference addresses the themes of space, identity, domesticity, gender, position, role, material culture, instruction, emotion and privacy. Themes which are built around the personal and private lives of people and how these private spaces can be created and maintained in comparison to the public and professional life. The two day event reflects a commitment to create room for discussion as well as individual papers.

The cost of registration is £20.

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Conference Programme

9:15-10:00 Registration and coffee

10:00-10:15 Welcome to the Conference

10:15-11:15 Round Table Discussion headed by Professor Penny Summerfield on 'Identities' and 'Spaces'.

11:15-11:30 Coffee

11:30-1:15 Panel One: Private Identities in Public Spaces

Tim Corbett (Lancaster University): Private and Public, Individual and Communal, Secular and Religious: The Construction of Identities in Jewish Gravestones in Vienna

Mariza Georgalou (Lancaster University): 'Let's go to inbox! ;)': Securing privacy on Facebook

Dr Fraser Joyce (Oxford Brookes): Talking to Strangers: Reconstructing Anonymity in England and Wales, 1800-1934

Melanie Lovatt (University of Sheffield): A Home from Home? Negotiating Private and Public Space in Residential Homes for Older People

1:15-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Panel Two: Methodologies and Sourcing Private Spaces and Identities

Sarah Ann Robin (Lancaster University): Posts and Walls of Fabric: Constructing the Seventeenth-Century Bed Space

Paolo Gruppuso (Aberdeen University): Places as Knots

Don O'Meara (Durham University): Waste Studies, History and Archaeobotany: The role of faecal waste in the development of public and private spaces

3.30-3.45 Coffee

3.45- 4:45 Panel Three: Private Religious Expression of public spaces

Tereza Valny (Lancaster University): tbc

Danielle A. Lynch (University of Leeds) : Private Religious Meaning in Romantic Music

4:45-5:30 Wine and final discussion of the day's themes and papers.

6:00-7:00 Castle Tour

7.30 Conference Dinner

Day Two: Wednesday

9:00-9:30 Coffee

9:30-11:00 Panel Four: Construction and Deconstructions of Interior Space

Aaron Tregellis Hodgson (University of Edinburgh) : Private Identity, Private Space in the Soviet Communal Housing Experiment: Joseph Brodsky's 'In a Room and a Half'

Kuang (Vivian) Sheng (University of York): Apartment Art in the 1990s

Matt Sheard : Corporate Identity, Corporate Space.

11:00-11:15 Coffee

11:15-12:45 Panel Five: Specific Identity case studies

Sreemoyee Roy Chowdhury (Durham University): The Identity Formation and Re-formation of the Neurasthenic Sue Bridehead in a Transcoporeal Space of Being.

Ery Shin (University of Oxford): Difficult Saints: Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein

Kirsten Smith (Lancaster University): tbc

12:45-1.30 Lunch

1:30-3:30 Panel Six : Domesticity and Gender: Roles and Spaces

Amanda Pullan (Lancaster University): Who was in charge of the domestic realm? Lessons from seventeenth-century representations of the Expulsion of Hagar.

Krissie Glover (Royal Holloway): When 'the help' help themselves; domestic servants and crime in the Victorian home.

Alexander Scott (Lancaster University): Foxhole Patriarchy: Family Drama and the Cult of Female Domesticity at the Liverpool Museum, c. 1900-1921

Anezka Krausova (Lancaster University): Voices for and against 'traditional' sexist linguistic items in Slovak surnames

3:30 - 4.00 Final Discussion of conference themes, coffee and close.

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: History


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