School of Geography

Emily Harris


PhD student

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2744
Room Number: Bancroft Building, Room 2.08


Research interests:
Geographies of home and religion, home-making, everyday life, interfaith dialogue, museum display and practice, material culture.

PhD Research
‘Interfaith connections at home: domestic space, practice and dialogue in contemporary London’

My PhD explores the interfaith significance of the home for Jewish, Christian and Muslim residents in contemporary London. I am researching domestic religious spaces, practices and material culture, both in everyday life and in the celebration of annual festivals, as well as identifying interfaith connections, e.g. in the role of the family, ideas of hospitality, shared food-practices and so on. These findings will then inform the development of new interfaith practices in the home, as well as new forms of interfaith dialogue and display in the museum, in collaboration with the Geffrye Museum of the Home - specifically in terms of representing and exploring domestic space and practice. This project therefore aims to make a distinctive contribution to broader debates about home, religion and interfaith dialogue, as well as the role of religion in museums.  

Part of the CDA project: ‘Home and religion: space, practice and community in London from the seventeenth century to the present’


  • Professor Alison Blunt and Professor Alastair Owens (School of Geography, Queen Mary)
  • Hannah Fleming and Rebecca Jacobs (The Geffrye Museum)


  • Masters of Arts in English Literature and Theology and Religious Studies (University of Glasgow)
  • MTh (Research) in Theology and Religious Studies (University of Glasgow)


  • AHRC studentship.


  • Harris, E. (2017) ‘Interfaith Connections in the Museum: Domestic Practice, Display and Dialogue’ Material Religion

Conference papers

  • ‘Political narratives in the home-space: from hot chocolate to punk rock’, presented as part of the “Everyday politics: Redistributions of the sensible” symposium, NSU. Lithuania, 18-25 July 2015.
  • ‘Interfaith connections at home and in the museum: material culture, display and dialogue’ - “Sacred Stuff: Material Culture and the Geography of Religion” panel, RGS Annual International Conference, 31 August 2016.
  • ‘Material religion in the home and museum: connecting different East London spaces through objects and dialogue’ – “Material Religion” panel, ISRLC Biennial Conference, 9 September 2016.