Call for delegates: Dwelling on the everyday: architecture, ghosts, ellipses

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July 8, 2022 to July 29, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities

Dwelling on the everyday: architecture, ghosts, ellipses

Organised by Helen Hills, University of York ( and Alice Sanger, The Open University (

Two workshops staged via Zoom over two afternoons – Friday 8 July and Friday 29 July – 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.  The workshops are free and open to all, but numbers are extremely limited.

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 want the event to be lively, informal and engaged, with everyone feeling free to speak. To those ends we are limiting numbers in the audience to 30.  All participants are expected to attend both parts of the workshop (8th and 29thJuly).  If you sign up and then cannot join, please be sure to cancel your registration early to allow someone else to take the valuable place.

Registration and the provisional programme can be found on our Eventbrite site here:

Dwelling on the everyday: architecture, ghosts, ellipses is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University.


Contact Info: 

Alice Sanger (Open University) & Helen Hills (University of York)


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