Probing the Interior 1800-2012 (May 2012, London)

Date: 25 May 2012
Location:  The Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College London, UK
Deadline for submission:   2011-11-30

Bodily, psychic and spatial interiors can be mapped, traversed and violated in multiple ways. This one-day conference will interrogate and re-evaluate the contested terrain of the interior in its varied forms. It will examine the interlacing and overlapping of different types of interiors, and seek to re-position the ‘interior’ in critical terms. Moreover, it will attempt to develop new ways of thinking about the relationship between the decorative arts, furniture, bio-technologies, anatomy and space. The conference will take place in The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum and conclude with a keynote address in the Anatomy Theatre at King’s College London.

The conference will be built around three themes: Threshold, Incision and Autopsy. We encourage prospective speakers to outline how their papers engage with one or more of these themes.

This conference welcomes papers from across a wide range of periods and regions. Issues addressed might include, but are not limited to:

•       Modes of mapping space
•       Figurative and literal gateways/boundaries
•       Temporality and space
•       Space and subjectivity
•       Domestic interiors
•       Decorative arts and the body
•       The fabrication of furniture
•       Anatomical drawing
•       Different types of medical imaging
•       Medical portraiture

Please send your proposals of no more than 250 words (20-minute papers) by 30 November 2011 to

Organised by Dr Lucetta Johnson (The Courtauld Institute of Art) and Dr Keren Hammerschlag (King’s College London)

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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