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inHabit Seminar

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Radcliffe Humanities
Seminar Room

The media is constantly discussing the gendering of children's toys. Antony Buxton and Linda Hulin will present a series of images to kick-start a discussion of the gendering of adult objects in the home. We invite you to come along, with or without pictures or objects of your own, to consider the gendering of objects and as a result spaces in both the past and the present.

The inHabit: Text, Object and Domestic Space research network brings together leading practitioners from a variety of institutions and disciplines to move beyond compartmentalized perspectives to embrace the complex and multi-faceted nature of domestic life. inHabit focuses on the relationships between people, objects and texts within domestic space. These are a series of concepts which are usually considered and conceptualized within discrete disciplinary frameworks, including (but not limited to) literary studies, anthropology, archeology, histories of art, architecture and design. 

Domestic space is an important, yet hitherto neglected, framework for exploring how the conflicting demands of being an individual and being part of a group are expressed, negotiated and accommodated. The inHabit network will explore those tensions which, manifested in the domestic domain, underlie human existence, through binaries like ease and unease, comfort and discomfort, sufficiency and insufficiency, security and anxiety, continuity and innovation, familiarity and novelty.


For further information please contact:

Oliver Cox ( - Director, Thames Valley Country House Partnership
Dr Antony Buxton(  - Department for Continuing Education
Dr Linda Hulin (

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