Dr Rachel Moss (Corpus Christi College, Oxford): 'Walking in the Garden: Privacy, Family and Domestic Space in the Middle Ages'.
This paper will examine the way in which fathers and sons seem to go for walks together to talk about sensitive matters, and discuss ways in which medieval space may have offered more privacy outside the dwelling than inside.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Director, Thames Valley Country House Partnership
Dr Antony Buxton(email@example.com) - Department for Continuing Education
Dr Linda Hulin (firstname.lastname@example.org)