Centuries of Cloth: Historical Approaches to the Study of Textiles – deadline 30 September 2020

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Date(s) - 12 January
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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For millennia, the production and trade of textiles have been central economic, social and cultural activities in human society. From the spinning wheels and looms of ancient civilisations to industrial, steam-powered mills, the textile industry has epitomised the transition from artisanal to mass production and consumer culture.

The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure is pleased to announce a call for papers for a workshop aimed at bringing together economic, social and cultural historians working on textiles, from the preparation of raw fibres and the production of yarn, through the weaving and marketing of finished cloth, to the production of clothing. The workshop will take place within the University of Cambridge History Faculty in January 2021. We welcome postgraduate students and early career researchers working on textile history spanning all geographical areas and time periods. The primary aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on different questions pertaining to this diverse field of scholarship.

We welcome fifteen- to twenty-minute papers that are loosely grouped under the following themes:

  • Gendered employment
  • Technology and mechanisation
  • Skills-Wages
  • Time-use

Please send paper titles and a 150 word abstract, accompanied by a 100-word biography, to the organiser, Alex Tertzakian (agt38@cam.ac.uk) by 30 September 2020.

Location: Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, West Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 9EF