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.
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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.
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.
On the occasion of Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern, Amber Butchart wrote a very interesting article for Frieze on how textile history has been separated from Art History and Fine Art because it has been always a women´s work.
The artificial divide that exists between fine art and textiles (or applied/decorative arts, or craft) is a gendered issue. ‘Textiles have always suffered as an art media because of their association with domesticity and femininity,’ says Hannah Lamb of The 62 Group of Textile Artists, an artist-led pressure group that has been promoting textiles as a fine art for nearly 60 years.
This opinion article share important foundations in which I support this research and how political stitching as other creative manifestations have been dismissed from Art History.
Indeed, me as student of Art History, I was never told about Anni Albers contribution to the Bauhaus. And the review of textile art was almost avoided during the whole university programme.
Read it here and share your thoughts
Textile Intersections Conference organised by the Textile Design Research Group at Loughborough University in collaboration with Royal College of Art and Queen Mary University London, launched a call for papers. The conference will be held in London, Loughborough University in London, from 12 to 14 September 2019.
TEXTILE INTERSECTIONS is interested in topics related to connections and cross- or interdisciplinary collaborations furthering research in the field of textiles and textile design. The focus will be on the nature of collaborations textiles are susceptible to establish with other disciplines and the consequent opportunities for each discipline. How are these collaborations initiated? What makes a successful collaboration leading to innovative research? What are the issues? Why collaborate?
Deadline for submission of abstracts is: 25th March 2019
More information can be found here: http://www.textile-intersections.com