Call for Papers
At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic c.1400-1600
Humanities Research Centre, University of York, March 3, 2017
Deadline: December 9, 2016
This interdisciplinary conference invites papers on aspects of the domestic interior in the late-medieval and early modern world. Building
on current research into the architecture and objects that shaped the experience of the pre-modern household, we examine the nooks and
crannies of domestic life and its various manifestations, through interaction with art, objects, literature, music and thought.
With a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. Tara Hamling (University of Birmingham) and Dr. Katherine Richardson (University of Kent) based on
their forthcoming book A Day at Home in Early Modern England: The Materiality of Domestic Life, 1500-1700, the conference aims to
question, examine and explore the significance of domestic encounters ‘at close quarters’.
Topics can include, but are not limited to:
– theoretical approaches to domesticity
– the experience of domestic art, architecture and decoration
– literary constructions of domesticity
– musical landscapes and practices within houses
– domestic ritual, customs and manners, policing of space
– strategies of display: coats of arms, allegories
– lineage, procreation, regeneration
– religious practices and domesticity
– gender, sexuality, class identities
– domestic animals, food, hunting
– lesser examined spaces such as kitchens and pantries.