House and home: physical and emotional comfort in the country house, England and Sweden c.1680-1820

Physical comfort and emotional well-being are common expectations and aspirations across 21st-century Europe. This Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship explores an important episode in the historical development of these cultural and social norms.
The project involves Dr Cristina Prytz, and Professor Jon Stobart and focuses on the changing relationship between physical and emotional comfort in the context of the 18th-century country house in England and Sweden. It explores a number of key questions about how the desire for comfort related to gender and life course and to material objects and the growing specialisation of domestic spaces; how it was perceived through different senses and juxtaposed with feelings of discomfort, and how it was conceived and experienced in very different economies, societies and climates.

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