Accepted paper:

Ordinary things, ubiquitous tastes, patterns of feeling

Authors:

Ben Highmore (University of Sussex)

Paper short abstract:

In this introduction to the panel, I will consider some of the recent issues and opportunities facing scholars researching domesticity and the material circumstances of home.

Paper long abstract:

In this paper I will consider some of the recent issues and opportunities facing scholars researching domesticity and the material circumstances of home. I will particularly focus on the relationship between a concern with the material objects of the home (including many that we “use” without noticing) and a renewed interest in affect and the senses. In the light of these interests I argue for a new understanding of taste that shifts it out of the dominant register of symbolic value and into a more experiential realm of feeling.

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