Stories and politics at Textile & Place Conference 2020

Next Conference Textile and Place 2020 explores the politics of textiles. Hosted by Manchester School of Art, the conference builds upon the debates from the first Textile and Place conference and will take place on 23rd and 24th April 2020 at the Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Stories of political stitches, memories and textile will be shared in this amazing, again, conference. A proof of how promising will be this conference is the delegate pack of the previous one.

Keynote speakers are:

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CONTEXTILE 2020 – Open Call

The International Exhibition of Contextile 2020 – Contemporary Textile Art Biennial will take place in Guimarães, Portugal from 05th September to 25th October 2020.

The focus of this year biennal will be “Places of Memory”. Artist are invited to transversally reflect on the concept of memory.

The exhibition will integrate artworks from up to 50 artists, international and national, selected by a jury who will be also responsible to award the Acquisition Prize of 5000 Euros as well as Honourable Mentions during the opening.

Call for applications is now open. Deadline to submit your contributions is 01 March 2020. Expressions from all visual arts disciplines are accepted but must include textile elements, through its concept, theme, techniques or materials.

Know more about CONTEXTILE 2018 and check-out the catalogue.


For further information follow the links below and visit their website.


Call for Proposals for ICOM Journal on Gender & Museum

Submit your proposal on Museums and Gender by 13th September 2019 and participate in the issue of Museum International being prepared by ICOM Belgique Wallonie-Bruxelles. 

This issue of Museum International aims to generate serious reflection on gender issues in museums, how they are intertwined, and the role of museums in a world prioritising gender equality. Issues of gender impact every layer of museum practice, from governance to visitation. This issue focuses on gender representation within museum management, operations and trusteeship, as well as in collections, exhibitions, education and public programmes.

As the social construction and politics of gender vary between societies, issues of gender and sexuality within institutions are as broad as they are specific. Questions around whose objects and stories are being preserved and promoted, and from what perspective, are as much of a concern to history, culture and living museums as to science and natural history museums. A reflexive examination of the role cultural and heritage institutions play in understanding gender as well as how they manage their own gendered construction is overdue. Can museums lead the way in terms of institutional change on issues of gender equality?

Museums are envisaged as guardians of the past, educators/entertainers of the present, arbiters of the future. From the lack of female artists, to carefully stored away imagery of powerful goddesses and intersex beings, some museums have maintained an imperial model of cultural values embedded in the origins of most early collecting and display. Others are challenging this system of stereotypes and phobias to better represent a more inclusive history. Addressing this inherent gender bias in museums requires great effort on the part of the museum sector as a whole.

Suggested, but not limited, topics: Museum management and operations, Gender equality/biases (pay gap; workplace safety), Sexuality and discrimination, Representation, both historic and contemporary, Gender and imperialism, Policy and ethics, Sexism and misogyny, Education, Visitation, Monitoring and evaluation, Collections and archives, Public programming.

Provocative thoughts and solutions are most welcome.

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The issue will be published, in collaboration with Taylor&Francis/Routledge, in June 2020.