Research School for Economic and Social History


27 - 29 November 2024
Institute for Design + Architecture, Philip de Langes Allé 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

PhD Course ‘The Versatile Interior’ (Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, 27-11 November 2024) – deadline abstracts 15 Sept. 2024

The PhD School of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts is offering the PhD course ‘The Versatile Interior’ on 27-29 November 2024.

This PhD course aims to explore interiors as versatile, ambiguous and complex phenomena. Through architectural history, social history, design, art, and anthropology, multifaceted and even sometimes paradoxical aspects of interiors will be unfolded. How such complex phenomena can be grasped and comprehended will be discussed through genuine and rigorous analytical discourse. Several examples will be presented forming the basis of the course and these will be studied through academic texts. In addition, there will be an excursion to a local museum where interiors are reconstructed to further inform the discussion. Participants are asked to submit a draft paper describing examples of versatile interiors that will be discussed in a group format. Two central questions will be addressed:

    • How can interiors be comprehended in all their complexity?
    • How can the ambiguity of interiors be framed through theoretical perspectives?

    The versatile interiors to be studied are: hoarder homes, homes with glossy surfaces and white walls, architects’ and artists’ homes as well as home workspaces. Furthermore, the course will focus on design principles in historical interiors, i.e., within the early modern period. Theses such as diffuse or limitless boundaries of space and cases where the exterior, urban space and landscape are drawn into the interior are to be disucssed.

    Participation in the course will be awarded with 3 EC. For participants form outside of Denmark, a participation fee may apply.

    Abstracts should be submitted by 15 September 2024; a full paper of maximum 2,000 words and an image should be submitted by 15 October 2024. Applicants must relate their papers to their PhD research and the theme of the course.