RECSO Study Day 2015 - ‘At Home’: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Domestic Space

‘At Home’: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Domestic Space

RECSO Study Day

Saturday 13th June 2015, 11am-5pm

Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford

This study day, organised by Dr Karen Lipsedge (Kingston University) in collaboration with RECSO, TORCH, and the InHabit Seminar, will explore domestic space from an interdisciplinary perspective, tracing the vital significance of the home in art, design, architecture, literature, culture and social politics in the long eighteenth century.

The day is free to attend and will include lunch, tea, and a drinks reception. The day will conclude with a separate, optional dinner with the speakers, at which space will be limited.

To book a place for the study day please RSVP to the RECSO conference convenor, Adam Bridgen ([email protected]), by 1st June 2015. Please include your name, discipline, research area, and academic affiliation. Please also indicate if you would like to attend the evening dinner (space is limited, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis).

For further information about this study please email: [email protected].


11.00     Registration

11.15     Welcome and Introduction: Karen Lipsedge, Kingston University

11.30     Panel 1: Inscribing the Eighteenth-Century Home (Chair: Dr Stephen Hague, Rowan University)

Dr Clare Taylor, Open University, “Our New Paper Hangings: Situating Wallpaper in the Eighteenth-Century Home”

Kathleen Lawton-Trask, University of Oxford, “Written in the Kitchen: Women’s Eighteenth-Century Poetry on Cooking”

Paula Humfrey, Independent Researcher, “Staging Fictions of Privacy in Early-Modern London Households”

Emma Walshe, University of Oxford, “Paper Politeness: The Currency of the Visiting Card within Eighteenth-Century Visiting Culture“

1.10        Sandwich Buffet Lunch

1.50        Panel 2: Gender, Gentility and the Eighteenth-Century Home (Chair: Dr Karen Lipsedge, Kingston University)

Dr Stephen Hague, Rowan University, “‘Most Genteel and Hospitable Receptions’: Enacting Status in the Eighteenth-Century Interior“

Helena Kaznowska, University of Oxford, “Gender, Identity and the Imagination: Baby Houses in Eighteenth-Century England“

Rosemary Yallop, University of Oxford, “Architecture and Gentility: The Cult of the Villa“

Dr Antony Buxton, University of Oxford, “Sentiment and Consumption in the Middling Georgian Home”

3.30        Tea & Coffee

4.00        Keynote Speaker

Professor Abigail Williams, University of Oxford, “What happened when books came home? Domestic Reading in the Eighteenth Century”

4.30        Roundtable Discussion and Closing Comments

5.00        Drinks Reception

6.00        Dinner (Places limited)