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Domestic Space in France and Belgium: Art, Literature and Design (c. 1850-1920)


16/09/2016 - 17/09/2016


9:00AM - 5:00PM


McClay Library, Queen’s University, Belfast



Domestic Space in France and Belgium:

Art, Literature and Design (c. 1850-1920)


McClay Library, Queen’s University, Belfast,

16th and 17th September 2016


Day 1 (Friday 16th of September)

Venue: Auditorium

9-9.30 Registration - Tea and Coffee

9.30 Welcome: Prof. Sally Wheeler, Head of School, School or Art, English and Languages, Queen’s University, Belfast


9.45-11.45: Session 1: Domestic Cultures and Modernity

Chair:Claire Moran, Queen’s University, Belfast

  • Matteo Piccioni, Sapienza University of Rome, ‘Louis-Philippe ou l’intérieur. The Emergence of the Modern Interior Scene in the July Monarchy Visual Culture.’
  • Caroline Ardrey, University of Birmingham, ‘Interior Decoration and Bricolage in the French Feminine Press
  • of the 1870s, from La Ménagère to Stéphane Mallarmé’s La Dernière Mode.’
  • Francesca Berry, University of Birmingham, ‘Mère-Ménagère: The Politics of Domestic Labour in Edouard Vuillard’s Practice.’
  • Kevin D. Murphy, Vanderbilt University, ‘The Revival of the French Renaissance Interior in an International Context.’


11.45-12.15: Coffee Break


12.15- 1.15 Plenary 1

Chair: Claire Moran, Queen’s University, Belfast

Janet McLean, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin:   Impressionist Interiors: A Closer View


1.15-2.15 pm Lunch (Break-out room)


2.15-3.45 pm: Session 2 –Material Practices in the 19th-century Urban Interior in France and Belgium

Chairs: Ilja Van Damme (University of Antwerp – Centre for Urban History) & Marjan Sterckx (Ghent University – Art History, ThIS)

 ·         Britt Denis, University of Antwerp & Ilja Van Damme, University of Antwerp, ‘Antiques at Home. Collecting Practices and the Domestic Interior in late 19th-c Antwerp.’

·         Ulrike Müller, Ghent University & University of Antwerp & Marjan Sterckx, Ghent University, ‘Modern Domesticity: a Total Work of Art? Interiors of Belgian Private Collectors, c. 1850-1930.'

  • Werner Adriaenssens, Royal Museums of Art and History, ‘The Study of Domestic Objects in the late 19thc from the perspective of books on savoir vivre.’

3.45.-4.15:  Coffee Break

4.15.-5.15 Plenary 2


Chair: Steven Wilson, Queen’s University, Belfast

Anne Green, King’s College, London: Shattered Spaces.  The Domestic Interior in 19th-century French Literature

6.-7 pm: Wine reception, The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s

7.30 pm Conference Dinner: Shu Restaurant, Lisburn Road, Belfast


Day 2

                    Saturday, 17th of September, McClay Library


10 am session 3 (Auditorium):  Displaying the Interior

Chair:Francesca Berry, University of Birmingham

  • Alexandra Fraser, University of Michigan, ‘Installing Interiority: Practices of Artistic Display and the New Interior c. 1890’
  • Pamela Bianchi, Université de Paris VIII, ‘The Cabinet d’amateur and the space of sociability.’

11.-11.30 am: Coffee Break

Parallel sessions: 11.30-1 pm:

Session 4 (Auditorium):  Domestic Objects and Aesthetics

Chair: Dominique Bauer, KU Leuven

  • James Illingworth, The Bowes Museum/ Queen’s University, Belfast, ‘Sand’s Heterotopias: Domestic Space and the Allegorical Impulse’.
  • Jill Owen, Indiana University, Bloomington, ‘The Bedroom as Portrait: Ekphrasis, Balzac, and Impressionism in the 19th century.’
  • Anna Jozefacka, The Leonard A. Lauder Research Centre for Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 

The Domestic Interior and Cubist Still-Life’


Session 5 (Training Room 1): Art Nouveau and the Symbolist Home

Chair: Aude Campmas, University of Southampton

  • Aniel Guxholli, McGill University, Montréal, ‘Brussels Art Nouveau and Symbolist interiors.’


  • Maria Golovteeva, University of St Andrews, ‘Villa Khnopff: the Home of an Artist and the Palace of Art.’

1-2 pm:  lunch (Break-out room)

2-3pm: Plenary 3 (Auditorium)

Chair: Claire Moran


Hilde Heynen, KU Leuven: Modernity, Interiority, Domesticity. Reflections from a Gender Perspective

                                               3.-3.30: Coffee Break Parallel sessions

Session 6 – (Auditorium): Dialectics of Inside and Out

Chair: Caroline Ardrey, University of Birmingham


  • Aude Campmas, University of Southampton, ‘Domestiquer: impérialisme sous verre.’
  • Dominique Bauer, KU Leuven, “Cromedeyre tout entière est une seule maison”. The Domestic Interior in Jules Romain’s Cromedyre-le-Vieil.’
  • Natasha Ryan, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, ‘Verre/vers parlant: the Fine line between clair and obscure.’

Session 7 (Training room 1) Gendered Spaces

Chair: James Illingworth, The Bowes Museum /Queen’s University, Belfast

  • Sarah Jones, Oriel College, Oxford, ‘Medicalized Spaces of Desire: Nerves, the Doctor, and his Wife in Madame Bovary.


  • Aina Marti, University of Kent, ‘Home in Colette’s Claudine : A Contemporary Discussion on Non-Normative Dwellings.’


  • Barry Nevin, Dublin Institute of Technology, ‘(En)gendering  Domestic Space in Jacques Feyder’s Têtes de femmes, femmes de tête.’


5.-5.30PM (Auditorium): Closing comments and Discussion


Cover image: Edouard Vuillard, Woman Sweeping, (Oil on Cardbo

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