The Textile Society of America’s Virtual Fall Symposium

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Textile Society of America

The Textile Society of America’s Fall Symposium 15-17 October 2020 will be a virtual symposium because of Covid-19.

*The symposium is now open for registration. This is a full three days of fascinating lectures and talks in mid-October, 2020 on textiles from all over the world. This year, because the Symposium is on-line, and there are no airline, hotel or reception costs, the fees are amazingly reasonable. I hope you take a look and sign up!’ said Cheri Hunter, President & Program Chairman, Textile Museum Associates of Southern California.

The theme for this years fall symposium is Hidden Stories / Human Lives. With this symposium, the organizers hope to get ‘behind the curtain’ to explore the wider human network engaged in textile production, bringing to light hidden stories and excluded voices of all kinds, genders, and colors.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • 10:00-12:00 am sessions include 1A Individual Papers: Mexico, 1B Roundtable Discussion: Cultural Sustainability and the Craft Economy, 1C Roundtable Discussion: Handmade in India: Trade, 1D Ethics, and the Craft Economy
  • 12:15-1:15 pm Keynote Address: Sanford Biggers
  • 1:30-3:30 pm sessions include 2A Connective Tissues: Examining Inscribed Textiles from Egyptian Burial Grounds, 2B Individual Papers: Reclaiming Traditions, 2C Coded Communications: Digital Weaving as Artistic Technology
  • 3:45-5:45 pm sessions include 3A Dialogues between Archaeological, Historical, and Contemporary Textiles in the Andes, 3B Individual Papers: Journeys, 3C Imported Skills: Immigrant Labor in Asiatic Silk Production from the Early Modern to Postmodern Periods
  • 6:00-8:00 pm sessions include 4A Extraordinary Fibers, Extraordinary Stories from the Andes and Beyond, 4B Stories Stitched in Silk: Uncovering Women’s Lives through Needlework, 4C Individual Papers: Chinese Textiles and Dress
  • 8:30-9:30 pm Film: Olimpia Newman, Colcha Circle: A Stitch in Northern New Mexico Culture

Friday, October 16, 2020

  • 10:00 am -12:00 pm sessions include 5A Unfolding Hidden Stories of the Informal Workforce, India, 5B Individual Papers: Women, Textiles, and Politics, 5C  Individual Papers: Textiles and Education
  • 12:15-1:15 pm Plenary Address: Julia Bryan-Wilson
  • 1:30-3:30 sessions include 6A Individual Papers: Early Textiles, 6B Individual Papers: Weavers, 6C Individual Papers: Craftivism
  • 3:45-5:45 pm sessions include 7A Individual Papers: Africa, 7B Individual Papers: 18th Century,  7C Individual Papers: Textile Production
  • 6:00-8:00 pm sessions include 8A Individual Papers: Needlework and Politics, 8B Individual Papers: What Clothing Reveals, 8C Individual Papers: Japanese Traditional Crafts
  • 8:30-9:30 pm Film: Caroline Kallenborn, Textiles Talk (30 min.)

Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • 10:00 am -12:00 pm sessions include 9A Individual Papers: Rugs and Carpets, 9B Individual Papers: Collections and Archives, 9C Individual Papers: Lace and Education, 9D Warp Speed Presentation
  • 12:15-1:15 pm Plenary Session: Jolene Rickard
  • 1:30-3:30 pm sessions include 10A Individual Papers: Traditions, 10B Reflections on the Baltimore Natural Dye Initiative and Cultivating Communities of Care, 10C Roundtable Discussion: India in Situ: Textile History and Practice, a Team Approach, 10D Individual Papers: Practices
  • 3:45-5:45 pm sessions include 11A Roundtable Discussion: Focus on Textiles x Science: Interdisciplinary Research and Invention, 11B Individual Papers: Global Trade, 11C Individual Papers: 20th Century Textiles
  • 6:00-8:00 pm sessions include 12A Individual Papers: Latin America, 12B Individual Papers: Masculinities, 12C Individual Papers: Resilience and Adaptation in Native American Art
  • 8:30-9:30 pm Film: Jennifer Swope, Raven’s Tail Journey of Evelyn Vanderhoop (25 min.)

Registration and more information: Symposium 2020, Textile Society of America 

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