Conference announcement and call for papers

Ways of Seeing the English Domestic Interior, 1500-1700

The Geffrye Museum of the Home

12 – 13 September 2013

This conference explores how people engaged with decorated domestic interiors in early modern England, and considers how we might use this information to enhance our experience of visiting historic properties in the twenty-first century.


The event will promote and facilitate active dialogue across two complementary strands; firstly the conference represents the culmination of an AHRC-funded research network, focused specifically on the experience of decorative textiles from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Papers will present new information about a range of textile objects, exploring the activities and findings of this project with a focus on the collaborative research methods that could be applied to a broader range of pre-modern objects and spaces.

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The second strand will explore potential directions for interdisciplinary and cross-sector research for the study and presentation of domestic interiors. We are particularly interested to learn about projects utilising recent developments in visualisation technologies and digital humanities to facilitate engagement with virtual or augmented spaces and objects.

Speakers will include experts on early modern textiles and domestic interiors as well as leading computer and cognitive scientists working on visualisation and vision.

We are issuing a targeted call for papers to invite contributions relevant to the conference theme representing innovative, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector research projects and results in the following areas:

  • Digital humanities
  • Vision and haptics
  • Visualisation technologies
  • Simulated spaces and materials
  • New approaches to access and interpretation in a museums context

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to the conference organisers: and

For detailed information about the aims and activities of the AHRC-funded Research Network: Ways of Seeing the English Domestic Interior, 1500-1700: The Case of Decorative Textiles, please visit the project website.


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