Call for Nominations: R.L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award


R. L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award

Call for Nominations

The Textile Society of America is pleased to solicit nominations for the R. L. Shep Ethnic Textile Book Award for books published in 2009.

Given annually, the award is meant to encourage the study and understanding of ethnic textile traditions by recognizing exceptional scholarship in the field. The award consists of a cash prize, funded by an endowment established by R. L. Shep in 2000. The Textile Society of America administers the endowment through a committee appointed by the Board of Directors.

Nominations are open to English-language books (including bilingual publications in which all essential information appears in English). For the purpose of the award, “ethnic” textiles are defined as the non-industrial textiles of Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Native and Latin America, as well as those in identifiable cultural groups in Europe and North America. Books of a variety of formats, including monographs, anthologies, and exhibition catalogs may be nominated. High-quality research and scholarship are the principal criteria for the prize-winning book. The book must also be presented in an accessible, engaging manner. Books must contain a printed publication date of 2009.

The award will be presented at the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium this fall in Lincoln, Nebraska (October 6 – 9, 2010). Visit the Textile Society online for further details.

Please send the full bibliographic citation of each book nominated to award committee chair Barbara Belle Sloan, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Regional Dress, Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1549;

Deadline is March 1, 2010.

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