Kitchen Power: National Parallels

An international online symposium 16 and 17 September 2020

Kitchen Power: National Parallels is an international online symposium which looks at the parallels and differences between mid-century modern kitchens in national contexts from Ireland to Spain, Scandinavia, Canada and Korea.

The Kitchen Power exhibition in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in County Mayo, Ireland, looks at the promised lifestyle and everyday reality of rural electrification and the effect that it had on the lives of Irish women.

This symposium brings together a selection of international academics in design, architecture and technology history to look at how issues surrounding domesticity, gender and technology played out in a wide range of national contexts.

The papers look at the gendered nature of kitchen design, the consumption and promotion of electric appliances, the impact of rural electrification programmes, and the role of women’s organisations, as well as the different ways in which international ideas about ‘modern homes’ were implemented.
The symposium is convened by Dr Sorcha O’Brien (NCAD), co-curator of the Kitchen Power exhibition, and is run in partnership between the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life and NCAD. It is also supported by a Design History Society Virtual Event Grant.

Speakers include:

Dr. Fredie Floré, KU Leuven

Dr. Ana María Fernández García, University of Oviedo

Dr. Sophie Gerber, Technisches Museum Wien

Maria Göransdotter, Umeå Institute of Design

Dr Yunah Lee, University of Brighton

Dr Sorcha O’Brien, NCAD

Prof Barbara Penner, Bartlett School of Architecture

Prof Ruth Sandwell, University of Toronto

The four sessions will run over two days on the 16 and 17 September 2020, and the free tickets for each session can be booked here:

11am, Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Kitchen Power: Modernity and Domesticity in Ireland and Korea

Registration link here

3pm, Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Kitchen Power: Domesticity and Design in Belgium and Scandinavia

Registration link here

11am, Thursday, 17 September 2020

Kitchen Power: Science and Modernity in West Germany and the United States

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3pm, Thursday, 17 September 2020

Kitchen Power: Women and Education in Canada and Spain

Registration link here

The symposium will also be broadcast on YouTube on the NCAD Gallery channel, and videos will be available on the National Museum of Ireland website.