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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, existential experiences, domestic violence and interior design 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), Royal Danish Academy - Architecture, Design, Conservation (KA) and the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU). 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). 

STAY HOME research blog (in English).

STAY HOME on Twitter.

STAY HOME on facebook.


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 children's 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 privacy and negotiations between citizens and the state.

THEOLOGY. Existential experiences in the Home.
The project investigates existential experiences of courage and anxiety in relation to the changed everyday life in the home. Furthermore, the corona crisis is analysed as a changing moment in history through the theological concept 'Kairos' (the right or critical moment).

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, Royal Danish Academy - Architecture, Design, Conservation, Department of Architecture and Design.

Researchers (corona crisis)


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)


Emma Klakk, Cand.scient.soc

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

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