Call for Papers: Webinar: Interiors in the era of Covid19. March 2021

Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston School of Art, Kingston University (UK)

The Covid19 pandemic has caused people, worldwide, to be confined to their homes for extended periods of time. In addition to their traditional roles as places of refuge and nurturing, homes have had to accommodate the additional roles of schools, gymnasia, restaurants, cinemas, offices, making spaces and more. Above all, the home has been looked to as a site to support and enhance the well-being of its inhabitants in a variety of ways. Many of these new functions are tech-enabled. At the same time, the work and hospitality spaces in our city centre buildings sit empty.

Interiors in the era of Covid19 invites reflections on the complex ways in which interiors have responded historically, and are responding, to Coronavirus and similar historical crises. It welcomes papers on the multiple transformations that have taken place in interiors, both private and public, as a result of these. In turn, we will ask: how has this affected our perceptions of, and our relationships with, the interiors we inhabit?

Topics could include:

  • The changing functions and identity of the home in the context of Covid19
  • The home office
  • The interior in the community
  • Well-being in the home
  • The home connected by technology
  • Making in the home
  • Historical case-studies of the effects of crises/pandemics on interiors

The webinar organisers are inviting suggestions for 10-minute papers. Please send a max 300-word synopsis on your chosen topic to Patricia Lara-Betancourt p.lara-betancourt@kingston.ac.uk by Friday 12 December 2020.

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