Domestic Encounters: 1400 to the Present
Postgraduate Research Day

Monday, 14 March 2005
Royal College of Art
Lecture Theatre I

9.15 Registration and Coffee
9.45 Welcome

10.00 Panel 1 – Professional Identities at Home

Catherine Fletcher
History Department, Royal Holloway, University of London
Ambassadors and their Households in Sixteenth-Century Italy

Miranda Mason
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
Home Is Where the Art Is: Reading Representations of Sarah Bernhardt’s Sculpture Studio

Katy Marsh
The Management School, University of Sheffield
Working Parents in the Domestic Sphere: The Emancipatory Potential of Home-based Telework

11.20 Break

11.40 Panel 2 – Intimacy and Memory

Rachel Fuller
Completed the V&A/RCA MA Program, History of Design
Out of Sight, Out of Mind? The Meaning of the Linnenkast in the Material and Conceptual Landscape of the Seventeenth-century Dutch Republic

Sue Andrews
London Metropolitan University
Margery's: A Photographic Essay of Intimate Relationships in the Home

Kostas Grivas
Interaction Design, Royal College of Art
Digital Intimacies

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Panel 3 – Contested Homes

Melissa Hollander
History Department, University of York
Bed-hopping Bessie? Order and the Domestic Interior in Late Sixteenth-Century Edinburgh

Carolyn Dew
Visual Arts Technician, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria
Four Australian Photographers

Nuttinee Karnchanaporn
History and Theory of Architecture Programme, Architectural Association Graduate School, London
The [Un]Homely House

3.20 Coffee

3.45 Panel 4 – Home Away from Home

Maartje van Gelder
Economic and Social History, University of Amsterdam
Trading Interiors: Flemish Merchants and their Homes in Venice, 1590-1660

Michael McMillan
Middlesex University
The ‘West Indian’ Front Room in the African Diaspora

Leonie Gordon
Anthropology, University of Sussex
‘Life on the Move’ (Shell Ladies’ Project): Making and Remaking Home

Closing Discussion

5.30 Wine reception and an opportunity to visit a display related to Geffrye Museum exhibition The West Indian Front Room: Three Generations of Change in the Black British Home


General Information
This event is organized by the AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior (Royal College of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, and Royal Holloway, University of London) and supported by the Royal Historical Society. It is the third in a series of annual interdisciplinary events that bring together postgraduates working on the domestic interior to discuss their latest research.

The symposium will take place at the Royal College of Art in Lecture Theatre I, accessible from the ground floor of the Darwin Building.

Fees: Full price - £15, DHS members - £11, Student price - £5. Fee includes sandwich lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea.

Registration is done by prebooking. The deadline for registration is 1 March 2005. To register, complete the booking form and send along with a cheque made out to Royal College of Art to:
AHRB Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior, Royal College of Art Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Tel: (+44) (0)20 7590 4183; email: