Home: a series of short talks


Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 7/11/2012.


Thursday 15th November 2012, 5-6pm

A4, Samuel Alexander Building, Oxford Road


Rachel Whiteread “House” (1993)

A series of short talks and discussion, featuring:

  • Paula Chorlton – When ‘home’ does not fit with home (social housing and the  home  in 20th century Britain)
  • Jenna Carine Ashton – A Fairytale called ‘House’ (Artists’ images and conceptions of the house and home
  • Joe Richardson – A home away from home (Gay communities in 18th century England)
  • James Greenhalgh – Young girls’ Blitz stories (Childhood, the home and WW2 in Britain)
  • Rosy Rickett – Wherever you are, that’s home (Interviews with Spanish refugees post-civil war)

To find out more come along to our very informal seminar, five short talks and audience discussion about the many faces of ‘home’ to last about an hour, afterwards we shall retire to the pub for a drink.

Sometimes synonymous with contentment, feeling ‘at home’ is probably a universal human need but what does it depend on – a particular landscape, warm personal relationships, economic stability, the right wardrobe from IKEA? What role does community, place or space play – have industrialisation and modernity erased all chance we have of really being at home? There are other aspects to the idea of home as well, we can think about the way politicians have manipulated the image of home in the past and tied it to the preservation of the nation or homeland security, particularly during wartime. For some, home is a memory: there are poignant examples of migrants or refugees who have left their home for a variety of reasons and seek to recreate it abroad. Alternatively, escape from home might equate to freedom – to come out as gay, for example – or to embrace previously forbidden or inaccessible lifestyles…

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