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October 4-5, 2013



Call for Papers


What makes a home, and who defines it? The home has a material presence and a place in the mind. It provides a locus of identity formation, negotiation, and display. Home stands as a site for social negotiation as well: who stays, who leaves, and why? What is at stake in the definition of a home, or the departure from it? As a microcosm of social order, the home can also act as powerful metaphor for a society as a whole. Is home defined by what it is, or by what it is not?

The Bryn Mawr College graduate group invites submissions to this interdisciplinary symposium. We seek abstracts treating aspects of home from antiquity to the present from graduate students in Classics, Archaeology, History of Art, and related fields. Topics can include, but are not limited to:

Memory and Nostalgia
Materiality and Display
Politics and Domesticity
Displacement and Homecoming
Interplay of the Physical and Imaginary Home
Homeland, Colonization, and Empire
Defining and Transgressing Boundaries


Walking House by Laurie Simmons

Laurie Simmons Walking House, 1994, HC09-4977,

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford, PA.

Courtesy of Laurie Simmons and Salon 94.


Last Updated on 8/28/2013 by damoroso@brynmawr.edu