How did we get here?

The Domestic Dictator project originated in 2015 as an offshoot of my main website, hrhiles.com. The goal was to take the focus away from my more cerebral, academic, and digital practices and have a space instead for my touchable, me-made, less rigorous (academically) focused projects. Recipes found their home here, as well as documentation about homesteading experiments.

Over the past few years the focus began to bleed back into the original roots of hrhiles.com – some more academic pursuits as I used my research background to navigate the homestead waters in what felt like a truer course.

This website largely functions as a digital notebook for the projects I am working on in a non-academic, non-digital world, but with a much more narrow focus 1). An attempt to answer a somewhat dissertation-like question, of β€œWhat motivates a suburban housewife to eschew the benefits and ease of an industrialized culture, and lean in to a mid-19th century Frontier Vibe?”

and honestly, there will still be many academic components of this project, as so much of what I'm doing here is unfamiliar to me - and, in many regards, dangerous