CFP: Textiles and Politics


CFP: Textiles and Politics

Textile Society of America 13th Biennial Symposium

Sept 19-22, 2012, Washington DC

Deadline for submission of abstracts: October 1, 2011

Throughout human history and across the globe, whether as intimate artifacts of interpersonal relations or state-level monumental works, textiles have been imbued with political importance. Textiles can communicate and construct status, ethnicity, gender, power, taste, and wealth, and have functioned at the nexus of artistic, economic, and political achievement in human culture. As trade goods, creative medium, and social artifact, textiles have been instrumental in generating, supporting, and challenging political power.

The Textile Society of America invites paper proposals for its upcoming symposium, Textiles & Politics, to be held in Washington, D.C. September 19-22, 2012. We seek presentations from all textile-related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, including but not limited to anthropology, art, art history, conservation, cultural geography, design, economics, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, marketing, mathematics, political science, and theater. TSA encourages both organized sessions and individual papers from scholars, researchers, artists, gallery and museum professionals, and others from around the world. Symposium proceedings will be published early in 2013.

The theme of Textiles & Politics befits the symposium venue in the U.S. capital and will generate a lively discussion about the ways politics influence the aesthetics, production, materials, uses, and myriad other aspects of textiles.

For further information about the 2012 symposium, TSA membership, and to submit a proposal, please visit:

Photo: Kaftan fragment, Ottoman, Bursa (?), Turkey, first half of 17th century, kemha (lampas). The Textile Museum 1.57, acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1951. Photographed by Renée Comet

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