and Institutional Interiors
in Early Modern Europe
& Albert Museum, London
19-20 November 2004
This is an additional conference to the programme of the AHRB Centre for
the Study of the Domestic Interior, planned in order to explore in a European
and interdisciplinary perspective the relationship between domestic and
institutional living spaces. Studies on the domestic interior have focused
so far on the spatial, material and visual features of the home. However,
early modern people did not only live in houses, they also made their
homes in monastic institutions, houses of the poor and hospitals, some
just for short periods, others for all their lives. It is well known that
many connections existed between those who lived in institutions and their
families and the surrounding community. To what extent did these connections
also extend to the physical and material features of the living spaces?
This two-day conference examines this novel and still under-researched
topic and the reciprocal influence between the domestic and the institutional
interiors in the age of the Reformations, a period marked, in many European
towns, by the growing presence of religious and charitable institutions.
It brings together social, architectural and art historians to explore
the relationship between interiors, gender and class; the way in which
spatial arrangements contributed to forging the inmates behaviour
and, in turn, the way in which the inmates themselves shaped the institutional
space they inhabited; the range of objects that were available and circulated
between houses and institutions; the transfer of rituals and models in
interior decoration, furnishings, images from the domestic to the institutional
interior and vice versa.
Registration: Full delegate fee: £60, Student delegate fee: £30.
Fee includes sandwich lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea. Deadline
for registration is 5th November 2004. Please complete and return
the downloadable booking
form, along with a cheque made payable to Royal College of Art. For
further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org;
t. +44 (0)207 590 4183.