CfP: Private Textiles and Dress

Workshop and Call for Papers

Private Textiles and Dress: Domestic and Intimate Textiles and Dress in Museums and Historic Houses

Thursday 13 June 2019

Socks

European silk socks, 1800-1850, Gift of Martin Kamer, 1985, Image courtesy of https://www.metmuseum.org/

CHORD invites submissions for a workshop that explores private, domestic, intimate and / or secret textiles and dress in museum, historic house, archive and other collections.

Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome. We define ‘private’ broadly, and also welcome papers that challenge simple categorisation, including domestic objects or collections that might be intended for public view, or ‘intimate’ items that might also have a political meaning. Both textiles and clothing are of interest, as are all aspects of their acquisition, care, display, interpretation or conservation.

Museum professionals, conservators, archivists, students, academic scholars or anybody with an interest in the topic are warmly invited to submit a proposal. We welcome both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation.

Valentine

Boxed Valentine’s Day Card, British, 1840–99, Gift of Mrs. Richard Riddell, 1981, Image courtesy of https://www.metmuseum.org/

Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome shorter, 10 minute ‘work in progress’ or ‘collection spotlight’ (which aims to draw attention more briefly than in a full paper to a particular item or collection) presentations, also followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Some of the themes that are of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Textiles and furnishings for the home
  • Underwear and sleepwear
  • Collecting, conserving and displaying private and domestic items
  • Textiles, dress, intimacy and emotions
  • Unused, stored or hidden garments and textiles
  • Recreating domestic interiors
  • From private to public: house sales, auctions, re-use
  • Secret, ritual or religious textiles
Crib

Crib of the Infant Jesus, 15th century, South Netherlandish, Gift of Ruth Blumka, in memory of Leopold Blumka, 1974, image courtesy of https://www.metmuseum.org/

Small bursaries will be available for speakers to subsidise the cost of travel (within the UK) and the workshop fee.

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words, specifying whether you are proposing a 10 or a 20 minute presentation to Laura Ugolini, at l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk by 15 March 2019.

If you are unsure whether to submit a proposal or would like to discuss your ideas before submission, you are encouraged to e-mail Laura Ugolini at l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk

The workshop will be held at Wolverhampton University City Campus, a short walk from Wolverhampton’s bus and train stations. Maps and directions are available HERE

For further information, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at: l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk

Pillow

Pillow from crib of the Infant Jesus, 15th century, South Netherlandish, Gift of Ruth Blumka, in memory of Leopold Blumka, 1974, image courtesy of https://www.metmuseum.org/

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