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14th Biennial Symposium at Textile Society

University of California at Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles,  CA 90095

TSA’s Biennial Symposium will take place in Los Angeles, California on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). To encourage the maximum amount of scholarly interchange, TSA has devised a new format for 2014, and plans to hold two days of multiple, concurrent sessions at UCLA on Thursday and Friday, as well as a full day of plenary sessions at LACMA on Saturday. In addition to the sessions, there will be a series of dynamic pre- and post-conference workshops and study tours to local and regional art institutions and collections, receptions, special programs and awards ceremony.

The theme of TSA’s 14th Biennial Symposium New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future will explore change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future. Where have we been and where are we going? What are the moments that encapsulate change? What are the shifts in direction for cultures, technology, creativity and knowledge? And how do these effect our understanding of textiles?

Proposed papers should look at important moments in history when innovations or new ideas caused cultures to shift (materially, technically, aesthetically, or conceptually) or present new approaches, new research methods, new ways of understanding the past. They may also focus on key innovators, makers, designers, or scholars whose contributions have had a major impact, or examine critical social, political, economic or artistic processes. Papers could look at the past or present, examining elements of daily life or ideas that impact our world through the medium of textiles, whether from environmental, scientific, economic, social, or artistic perspectives. In addition, papers might look to the future and the pathways of knowledge or production that yield new ways of seeing, making, and understanding textiles.

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