Household Gods: Religious Domesticity in Britain, 1700 to the present day

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Call for Papers
May 31, 2016
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Women's & Gender History / Studies

This one day symposium will explore the ways in which households were made, conceived and experienced as religious spaces in modern Britain. Religious faith was not tied only to formal sacred spaces in this period. The home also acted as an important site for formal and informal religious practices. Religious worship and observation had several domestic elements, from activities such as prayer and personal reflection to the reading of religious texts. Meanwhile, the display and use of religious objects could signify and reaffirm a household’s religious identity. Papers at the symposium will consider the following questions: how were modern British homes imbued with religious meaning? How was religion a lived experience in the domestic sphere? In what ways were homes spaces for everyday religion? Why should scholars investigate the relationship between domesticity and religious belief?

Papers are encouraged to explore:   

  • Home as sites for religious observation and worship

  • The use of objects in domestic religion

  • The relationship between class, gender and/ or life-cycle and household faith

  • The geographies of domestic religion

  • Institutional space’s use of the ideology of domestic religion

  • Religious time and rhythms in the home

20 minute papers are invited to explore the role of religion of any denomination in the modern British home.

Please send abstracts to Lucinda Matthews-Jones at by 5.00 on 31st May 2016

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Lucinda Matthews-Jones