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inHabit Seminar

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Radcliffe Humanities
Seminar Room

‘Genteel paper hangings’: hanging wallpaper in the domestic interior

Wallpaper is a relatively recent material of academic study, which has its origins in the revival of interest in the so-called decorative arts in the early years of the twentieth century. This paper explores the challenges and opportunities offered by studying the use of wallpaper in the domestic interior, focusing on case studies from the eighteenth century. Clare Taylor will outline how tradesmen, architects and consumers negotiated tensions around the choice of hanging this most ephemeral of products, and how it challenged other more established forms of wall decoration.

About inHabit

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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