CFP: The Subversive Stitch Revisited


Sackler Centre for Arts Education, Victoria and Albert Museum
November 29-30, 2013

The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth will explore the legacy of Rozsika Parker’s groundbreaking book, The Subversive Stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984) and two landmark exhibitions from 1988 that developed Parker’s ideas. It will consist of a one and a half day event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an online resource that will include documentation of all contributions.

The first afternoon of the event will reflect on the art and feminist debates of the 1970s and 80s from which the exhibitions emerged. It will conclude with a keynote presentation by Professor Griselda Pollock, whose collaborative work with Parker during that period produced key feminist art texts. The second day explores the politics of cloth now, focusing on current activity by both women and men that addresses ethical, social and global issues, and on cloth as a subversive strategy.

Proposals for papers and a range of presentations of varying lengths and formats – to a maximum of 20 minutes – from artists, performers, writers, filmmakers and scholars in any discipline and from any part of the world are welcome. Politics may be broadly defined, with an emphasis on radical, subversive and interventionist projects that question and challenge structures of power.  Issues addressed might include:

  • textiles and gender politics
  • cloth and the politics of the body
  • cloth and cultural difference – identities- migration – post/colonialism
  • textiles and protest – resistance – collective action

Proposals for contributions (250 words maximum) should be accompanied by a short biography (around 100 words) and may include up to 2 web links.

Deadline: Monday 9 September

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