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.

Know how to apply!

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

 

Call for Papers – Textile & Place

Exploring memory, social and political issues through textiles

From 23 to 24 April 2020, the Conference Textile and Place will take place in Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University with the aim of exploring politics through textiles. The debates will be built on the findings of the first conference also organised at MMU.

Mapping memories and places, the stories of trade and history transmission, migrations and cultural exchanges are some of the topics that will be raised during this exchange. The connections between communities, movements and alternative narratives through textile issues to be examined.

“We use the word politics as a broad term to indicate how textiles is implicated in particular places and is part of the relationships between groups or organisations and used to confront issues of power.  Textiles can fix us to a place and also be part of the process of making change.”

Invited keynote speakers are Dr. Fionna Barber, Jessica Hemmings, Assadour Markarov, and Vic McEwan.

If you wish to submit your paper, take into account some of the topics suggested:
  • Textiles as a medium of protest and activism.
  • Textile sites which represent migration and globalisation.
  • Narratives of community and social interaction encountered through textiles.
  • Responsibility, textiles and the places we live.

Submit your abstract and short bio by Friday, 8th november 2019.

PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITY
The papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture.WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
We welcome papers from, textile artists, artists exploring textiles among other materials, designers, academics, early career researchers, art, fashion and textile historians, curators and archivists, ECRs, PhD candidates.We also welcome short films and audio-visual work that explore textiles and place for our ‘Film as textile site’ space.

Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition

#ICOM Call for Ideas on on IMD 2019: Museums as Cultural Hubs from Women’s perspectives.

ICOM selects each year for International Museum Day a theme that is at the heart of the concerns of society.

“Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”

The role of museums in society is changing. Museums keep reinventing themselves in their quest for becoming more interactive, audience focused, community oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile. They have become cultural hubs functioning as platforms where creativity combines with knowledge and where visitors can also co-create, share and interact.

While preserving their primary missions – collecting, conservation, communication, research, exhibition – museums have transformed their practices to remain closer to the communities they serve. Today they look for innovative ways to tackle contemporary social issues and conflict. By acting locally, museums can also advocate and mitigate global problems, striving to meet the challenges of today’s society proactively. As institutions at the heart of society, museums have the power to establish dialogue between cultures, to build bridges for a peaceful world and to define a sustainable future.

As museums increasingly grow into their roles as cultural hubs, they are also finding new ways to honour their collections, their histories and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meaning for future generations and relevance for an increasingly diverse contemporary audience at a global level. This transformation, which will have a profound impact on museum theory and practice, also forces us to rethink the value of museums and to question the ethical boundaries that define the very nature of our work as museum professionals.

At once a focal point for the community and an integral part of a global network, museums offer a platform for translating local communities’ needs and views into a global context.

ICOM is now collecting information to create a college and promote it on IMD 2019: Museums as Cultural Hubs from Women’s perspectives.

If you are interested in participating, please send us your proposal by 7 May 2019 to info@iawm.international with the following information:

1) Title of your activity, or your current exhibition (in English);

2) 1 line of description (max. 15 words);

3) Photo.

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