Medieval Domesticity: Home, Housing and Household
25th Annual Medieval Studies Conference
March 12-13, 2005

Fordham University's Center for Medieval Studies is delighted to present its Twenty-Fifth Annual Medieval Studies Conference.

“Domesticity” encompassed a wide variety of meanings in the middle ages, from private family and household life — including the creation of personal identities and the role of gender and class within networks of family, friends, and neighbors — to the administrative power base of kings and other rulers, centered in the household offices that evolved into units of the state. The home at the heart of domestic life can also be envisioned in different ways: as a house and its contents; as a collection of dwellings; as the location of work and the center of the family economy; and as a place of refuge or state of mind. This conference includes papers from medievalists interested in exploring the representation of these multiple meanings of domesticity in texts, images, and architecture. Many of the papers cross disciplinary boundaries in examining domestic “values,” the literary and material cultures of domesticity, the gendered dimension of domesticity, and the role of domesticity in the public sphere.

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