19 June 2020

New Grant - PRIVACY Director Mette Birkedal Bruun receives 6.1 million DKK from the Carlsberg Foundation

The project STAY HOME: The home during the corona crisis – and after examines how the corona crisis pressures the functions and boundaries of "home". An interdisciplinary research team of 15 scholars and an editor will review changes, risks and opportunities inherent in this situation, focusing on the intersections of multifunctional spaces, digital practices, family relations and existential beliefs, and developing research methods fit to gather, analyse and convey domestic experiences during the crisis.

What counts as a good home, when and for whom? are questions that demand concerted, interdisciplinary research. STAY HOME unites scholars from architecture, family studies, technology studies and theology for collaborative research into ethnographic archives catalogued during the first months of the crisis. This research will be conducted in exchange with ongoing research into the histories of the early modern home at the Centre for Privacy Studies.

STAY HOME brings together research into architecture, family dynamics, technologies and beliefs. This is an ambitious interdisciplinary combination of research fields that have their own, mutually very different, research traditions and methods. This is a bold configuration. At the same time, exactly such integrated analysis is the preferred work method at the Centre for Privacy Studies.


As architectural, ecclesiastical, legal, and social historians we work with a notion of "home" as a constellation of a plurality of factors. Such factors include spatial and material organization, the dynamics and power relations in the household, its values and belief systems and engagement with the wider society and, finally, the technologies used for communication as well as their interaction with general socio-political conditions. In STAY HOME we apply this historical research method to the present.

Find out more about STAY HOME here