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STAY HOME: The Home during the Corona Crisis - and after

The Carlsberg Foundation 'Semper Ardens' Research Project.

The STAY HOME project will document experiences and initiatives and identify new insights and practices regarding the home, which have emerged during the Corona Crisis. Focusing on digital practices, daily life, reading habits and domestic violence the project trawls ethnographic archives collected by our collaborators.     

Funded by the Carlsberg Foundation STAY HOME is conducted by a interdisciplinary team from the Faculties of Theology and Humanities (UCPH), The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture (KADK) and the IT University of Copenhagen. The team will analyse ethnographic data in order to uncover insights that may benefit future homes and the life led there. The interdisciplinary approach is developed in an ongoing exchange with historical research into the home and its social, spatial, technological and existential implications conducted at the Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies.

STAY HOME blog (in Danish):    


ARCHITECTURE. Residence and Social Distancing in Corona Times
Through research-by-design the project will investigate the spatial organisation of the home during lockdown where the private dwelling has to accommodate public activities such as work, education, religious practices, and has in novel ways become the setting of digitalised social life.          

FAMILY HISTORY. The Family under Pressure
The project investigates the consequences of the crisis for vulnerable families. By collecting and analysing data from women’s centres and the child helpline in Denmark it maps experiences of conflict and violence in homes under pressure during lockdown. 

TECHNOLOGY STUDIES. Digitalisation of Private Practices
The project investigates what changes to the boundaries and thresholds of the home the digitalisation of everyday life has brought with it during the Corona Crisis focusing on themes such as online church attendance and negotiations between citizens and the state.

THEOLOGY. Belief and Existence in the Home
By mapping out the digitalisation of traditional religious practices and pastoral care during lockdown the project investigates how the Corona Crisis brought with it new religious forms and theological thought. It analyses key examples through an existential vocabulary of life-death, individual-community and body-spirit.


Research team


Mette Birkedal Bruun, professor of Church History, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, director of the Danish National Research Foundation Centre for Privacy Studies


  • Brit Ross Winthereik, professor at the Department of BusinessIT, IT University of Copenhagen, head of Center for Digital Welfare, ITU, co-PI of Deltagelsens grammatik: Hvad kan vi lære af den øjeblikkelige og gennemgribende digitalisering af hverdagslivet under coronakrisen? (VELUX Fonden)

  • Karen A. Vallgårda, associate professor of History, University of Copenhagen, PI of The Politics of Family Secrecy (DFF)

  • Peter Thule Kristensen, professor in History of Architecture and Interiors, Head of the master programme Spatial design, Institute of Architecture and Design, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation, School of Architecture (KADK)

Researchers (corona crisis)

  • Anne-Milla Kristensen, PhD-fellow, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen
  • Katja P. de Neergaard, PhD-fellow, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Katrine Rønsig Larsen, PhD-fellow, the SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen
  • Nicholas Thomas Lee, Postdoc, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation, School of Architecture


Affiliated PRIVACY researchers (historical perspective)

  • Anni Henriksen, PhD-fellow (history of notions of the mind)
  • Lars Nørgaard, assistant professor (church history)
  • Natacha Klein Käfer, postdoc (history of medicine)
  • Natalie Körner, assistant professor (architecture)
  • Jesper Jakobsen, postdoc (history of books, prints and regulation)
  • Paolo Astorri, postdoc (history of law)
  • Søren Frank Jensen, PhD-fellow (church history)


Niels Nykrog, MA

Perspective panel


International reference group

Prof. Günter Thomas, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Prof. Maarten Delbeke, ETH, Zürich

Prof. Noortje Marres, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick

Prof. Pirjo Markkola, University of Tampere, The Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences

Supported by:

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