Homes Under Pressure

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I organised this conference while working as post-doctoral researcher at the Geffrye Museum of the Home.

This conference explored how museums and researchers can document homes under pressure across the world in both contemporary and historical contexts. Homes can come under pressure from a variety of forces or influences, such as social change, economic hardship, politics and the law, or personal difficulty. This pressure is felt in homes in a wide variety of ways, and can create or entrench inequalities based on gender, class, race, sexuality, and ability. At the same time, pressure on homes creates or calls for responses, alternatives, and new forms of homes: these can range from the very personal and individual, to more collective responses rooted in or inspired by activism. Alongside this, researching and displaying these homes under pressure can provide a number of methodological and ethical challenges. This conference aimed to bring together a breadth of papers that explore homes under pressure in order to ask how this pressure comes about and impacts on the home, to create unique comparisons across time and contexts, and to encourage a debate about how they might be documented by researchers and addressed and displayed in museums, galleries, and historic houses.
Period31 Mar 2015
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map