Domesticity and Nature in Home and Garden

RHN 126/2019 | Event

Organisers: Warwick Humanities Research Centre

23 November 2019, Wolfson Research Exchange, University Library, Warwick, UK

Registration closes on 14 November 2019


‘Er indoors’: Domesticity and Nature in Home and Garden
A one-day interdisciplinary conference


10.00 – 10.30
Registration and Coffee (WRE, 3rd Floor, Library)

10.30 – 10.45
Sophie Greenway, University of Warwick

Keynote Address
Dr Lisa Taylor, Leeds Beckett University
Affective Gardens, Neoliberal Times: reassessing the garden in contemporary lifestyle media
Chair: Prof Hilary Marland

11.45-13.15 Panel 1: Families, plants and gardens
Chair: Louise Morgan

Thomas McGrath, Manchester Metropolitan University
“I believe the garden will be a great delight”: The Suburban Garden in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester

Anna Lawrence, University of Cambridge
Treat your child as you treat your plant: Phytomorphism in the Victorian Slum

Dr Elizabeth Baigent, University of Oxford
“The flowers interested the children more than the cakes”: Octavia Hill and the domestication of nature in nineteenth-century England

13.15-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Panel 2: The garden in its place
Chair: Dr Marina Chang (Coventry)

Teresa Kopecka, Charles University, Prague
The War Gardens: Ready to feed and kill

Lauriane Suyin Chalmin-Pui, University of Sheffield
“I’m known as Mr Front Garden now” – A framework to understand the relationship between Britain in Bloom gardeners and their front gardens

Dr Dan Keech, University of Gloucestershire and Professor Marc Redepenning, Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg
Urban horticulture and public/private spaces

15.30-15.45 Tea and Coffee

15.45-17.15 Panel 3: Garden choices and morality
Chair: Prof Roberta Bivins

Dr Jessica van Horssen, Leeds Beckett University
Selling a ‘Silent Spring’ to the World with Expo ‘67’s Home of the Future

Sophie Greenway, University of Warwick
‘Ster-Izal leaves the soil clean’: The hygienic boundaries of the domestic space

Emma Morton, University of Warwick
Cinematic gardens as metaphysical places of moral judgement

Keynote Address
Professor Ben Highmore, University of Sussex
Home Grown: Playgrounds as quasi-domestic spaces
Chair: Sophie Greenway

18.30-19.15 Wine reception

The conference organisers would like to thank the following for their support:
The Royal Historical Society
The Society for the Social History of Medicine
Warwick Global Research Priorities Connecting Cultures
Warwick Researcher Development

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