Dwelling on the everyday: architecture, ghosts, ellipses

7th July 2022

Call for Delegates

Dwelling on the everyday: architecture, ghosts, ellipses

Two international interdisciplinary workshops via Zoom attending to the relationships between everyday architecture where people lived and what is left behind.

Friday 8 July and Friday 29 July

These workshops bring together artists, writers and scholars from across the humanities and social sciences to examine relationships between everyday architecture where people lived and what is left behind, salvaged, celebrated, or overlooked, but may sometimes be reactivated in powerful and unpredictable ways by those who come later.

We are particularly interested in the ways in which the past resonates in places of dwelling, how it leaves its mark on places and how people leave their mark on their dwellings.  What traces are left and how are they celebrated, fetishized, banished or ignored?  What do the places inhabited reveal about those who inhabited them?  How are these connections assumed or traced or made by visitors or scholars or those who come later?  What role does temporality play in these relations?  How might the power of a place to conjure up the apparently vivid presence of its past be traced or accounted for?  How is it triggered, enhanced, or suppressed?  What role does such haunting have in academic writing, or in autobiographical or biographical pursuits?  In what ways is it useful to seek such connections – or is it they which, in some way, rather seek one out?

Current scholarship on artist-homes and most museum presentations tend to collapse house into the artist’s biography and / or the artist’s work.  These workshops explore approaches which avoid reducing the artist and their work simply to what is projected onto (what remains of) their home and vice versa.

We hope delegates will attend both workshops.  Registration and the provisional programme can be found on our Eventbrite site:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dwelling-on-the-everyday-architecture-ghosts-ellipses-8-and-29-july-registration-333731438717

 

Contact information: Helen Hills, University of York (helen.hills@york.ac.uk) and Alice Sanger, The Open University (alice.sanger@open.ac.uk)

The workshops are free and open to all but places are limited.  Registration closes on 7 July.