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Sigrun Thorgrimsdottir: "Caring for old houses: Exploring entanglements in homemakers everyday engagement in maintenance and repair"

Högre seminarium

In this seminar Sigrun Thorgrimsdottir will introduce her recently started PhD project. The research is part of the project Maintenance Matters: Exploring common contexts of heritage (e)valuation.

Along with Ingrid Martins Holmberg and Elena Bogdanova the aim is to explore enduring values and meanings found within common contexts of "maintenance and repair" (craftsmanship; built heritage designation; homemakers engagement) in an urban setting. These contexts are considered as core heritage phenomena that enable for `the past´ to endure and remain in our contemporary modern world.

In the project Sigrun will explore alternate understandings of heritage in the context of everyday life in an old house, in times of environmental challenges. The aim is to analyze the practices and concerns of homemakers choosing to live in and care for old houses, revealing the often overlooked and complex relations to bigger issues and the various regimes of care involved. This is a study about ethics relations to aesthetic and the material form it takes on. The house is always parts of a bigger picture. This picture is constantly moving and changing; full of dreams and hopes, frustrations and disappointments, practicalities, mess, stuff, and countless negotiations with various actors. The main question focuses on homemakers feelings of responsibility and active engagement in the production of their tomorrow by maintaining and restoring old houses and making better use of existing material. This will be looked at in terms of increasing environmental concerns embedded in everyday life, quite activism and interest in doing manual work.

Sigrun has a background in ethnology, she studied at the University of Iceland where she focused on material culture, the built environment and everyday life. In her BA thesis she did a cultural analysis of the trend of taking down walls to open up kitchens in 2007 pre-economic crisis Reykjavik. In her MA thesis, entitled "The home is a slow event", she explored the feeling of home in student housing in Reykjavík and the homemaking process as an ongoing event that involves negotiations and the active engagement of many actors, human and non-human. She has also participated in various interdisciplinary projects concerned with housing development in Reykjavik, the recycling of household waste in everyday life and environmental consciousness in everyday activities and participated in making a digital archive for collecting and mapping memories, stories and narratives of urban experiences from Reykjavik.

Föreläsare: Sigrun Thorgrimsdottir

Datum: 2018-04-25

Tid: 15:00 - 17:00

Kategorier: Kulturvård

Plats: Geovetarcentrum, Guldhedsgatan 5 A

Kontaktperson: Katarina Saltzman

Sidansvarig: Emma Sjöberg|Sidan uppdaterades: 2016-09-15

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