Excess and Absence in Domestic Life, EASA 2020

We invite papers for our panel, ‘Excess and Absence in Domestic Life’, at the EASA conference in Lisbon (21-24th July 2020) entitled ‘New Anthropological Horizons in and Beyond Europe’

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This panel interrogates competing visions of absence and excess in domestic practices of accumulation, management, and disposal. How do people acquire, manage, or reduce the material stuff that has come to dominate the domestic sphere in the 21st century? What does the emergence of minimalism, no-waste living, and frugality tell us about how domestic life is politicised under austerity and late-capitalism?

In particular, we encourage papers exploring the following themes: materiality in the home, consumption, excess, frugality, minimalism, no waste lifestyles, cleanliness and tidying trends, hoarding and disposal. 

The deadline for proposing a paper is 20/01/2020.  Please follow this link to propose your paperClick on the panel and select the blue ‘propose’ button: https://easaonline.org/conferences/easa2020/panels#8517

Paper proposals must consist of:

  • a paper title
  • the name/s and email address/es of author/s
  • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
  • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

For any further information, please feel free to contact us. We may be reached at:

Hannah Gould (University of Melbourne) hannah.gould@unimelb.edu.au

Cynthia Sear (University of Melbourne) cynthia.sear@unimelb.edu.au

Julie Valk (UCL) jvalk@ucl.ac.uk