Inhabit Seminar

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With mixed feelings we invite you to the last InHabit seminar of term at 5pm on 26 November in the third floor seminar room in the Radcliffe Humanities Building. But dry those eyes - we'll be returning in Hilary Term with a great roster of speakers. 

Next Tuesday we're delighted to welcome Antony Buxton and Andrea Placidi who will speak on "You are what you furnish: the influence of furnishings in architectural space and domestic practice".

Antony Buxton lectures on design history, material and domestic culture for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and other institutions. His interest in the workings of the domestic domain stemmed originally from study in archaeology and anthropology, a working life designing, making and conserving furniture and subsequent doctoral research ('Furnishings and Domestic Culture in Early Modern England' DPhil (Oxon) 2012)  exploring the manner in which social relationships and affections are mediated through space and objects.

Andrea Placidi is a senior lecturer and the subject coordinator in Interior Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. From 1992 to 1997 he was Construction Coordinator for International Red Cross in former Yugoslavia, and has recently completed doctoral research entitled “The Legacy of Bruno Zevi for the definition of Architectural Space”.

As ever, coffee and tea will be served from 4.50pm and the InHabit drinks trolley will make its final appearance of the year with something stronger after Tony and Andrea have finished their papers. We'll then cross Woodstock Road for dinner at the Royal Oak. All are welcome.

About inHabit

The inHabit: Text, Object and Domestic Space research network brings together leading practitioners from a variety of institutions and disciplines to move beyond compartmentalized perspectives to embrace the complex and multi-faceted nature of domestic life. inHabit focuses on the relationships between people, objects and texts within domestic space. These are a series of concepts which are usually considered and conceptualized within discrete disciplinary frameworks, including (but not limited to) literary studies, anthropology, archeology, histories of art, architecture and design. 

Domestic space is an important, yet hitherto neglected, framework for exploring how the conflicting demands of being an individual and being part of a group are expressed, negotiated and accommodated. The inHabit network will explore those tensions which, manifested in the domestic domain, underlie human existence, through binaries like ease and unease, comfort and discomfort, sufficiency and insufficiency, security and anxiety, continuity and innovation, familiarity and novelty.

For further information please contact:

Oliver Cox ( - Director, Thames Valley Country House Partnership
Dr Antony Buxton(  - Department for Continuing Education
Dr Linda Hulin (


inHabit: Text, Object and Domestic Space

Audience: Open to all