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Delving Inside: New Research Symposium on Interiors
The Society of Architectural Historians Historic Interiors Group’s (SAH-HIG) Emerging Scholars Committee and Chelsea College of Art (UAL) are hosting a collaborative program Delving Inside: New Research Symposium on Interiors. This event will showcase innovative projects, highlighting groundbreaking research and methods in the historical study of the conception, design, representation, experience, preservation and interpretation of interior spaces across time and geography. The presentations will take place virtually via a live Teams webinar on June 9, 2023, 12:00PM – 3:30PM EST.
The program will include:
– Sarah Mead Leonard (Yale Center for the British Art), “An Ecosystem Inside: Towards a New Understanding of William Morris.”
– Madeline Porsella (Bard Graduate Center). “The New Promethean: Claude Fayette Bragdon’s Use of Electric Light in Projective Ornament.”
– Barbara Bessac (Cornell University). “Performing Rooms. A New Research on Nineteenth-century Interiors through Theatrical Stage Design History.”- Bryan Rusch (Duke University). “Community Against Intentions: The Radical Potential of Interior Design Studies in the Asylum.”
– Jesse Lockard (University of Chicago). “Learning from Furniture: Yona Friedman’s Apartment and the Development of Participatory Design.”
– Răzvan-Iulian Rusu (Utrecht University). “Foreign Visitors in Stately Interiors: The Grand Staircase Decoration in Paleis Het Loo as a Global, Political, and Material Space.”

– Francesca Vita (Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto). “Rethinking the domestic. Questioning the colonial discourse on the “civilized” and “uncivilized” house.”
– Michele Rinaldi (Politecnico di Torino). “Exhibiting the Bachelor: Imagery, Lifestyles, and Interior Design in Italian Housing Exhibitions, 1930-50.”
– Daniel Sik (Université Catholique de Louvain). “Virtuous interiors in 17th century English Houses.”