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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 documents experiences and practices, and identifies new insights regarding the home, which have emerged during the Corona Crisis. Focusing on digital practices, spatial organization, existential experiences, and domestic violence the project trawls ethnographic archives collected by our collaborators.   

Funded by the Carlsberg Foundation STAY HOME is conducted by an interdisciplinary team from the Faculties of Theology and Humanities at University of Copenhagen, Architecture at The Royal Danish Academy and Science and Technology Studies at the IT University of Copenhagen. The team analyses 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.

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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 individual and collective experiences of violence in the family in Denmark during the corona pandemic. By combining historical case studies with studies of experiences during the pandemic, it analyses how the experiences of violence are historically contingent and culturally formed.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES. Digitalisation of the Home.
The project examines the effects of increased digitalization of the home during the Corona Crisis. It approaches the home as part of a larger digital network connecting it to public authorities, big tech providers, health systems, local food providers, workplaces, institutions, friends etc., and is interested in changes to the connections, boundaries and thresholds of the home brought about by the lockdown. Through ethnographic material centering on everyday experiences with technology in domestic spaces, the project explores how subtle everyday negotiations and practices (re-)configure the private sphere.

THEOLOGY. Existential experiences in the Home.
The project investigates existential experiences in the home during the corona crisis analyzed through the theology of Paul Tillich (1886-1965). The corona crisis is studied as a changing moment in history through the theological concept “Kairos” (the right or critical moment). Furthermore, the project is concerned with existential experiences of courage and anxiety, which might have appeared in relation to the changed everyday life in the home.

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.



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, MSc in Sociology

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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