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About Symposium 2014
Wednesday, September 10 - Sunday, September 14
The theme of the symposium: New Directions: examining the past, creating the future will take a special focus on change and innovation in textiles in the past, and will look at the state of the field of textiles, textile study and production, today and for the future. Where have we been and where are we going? What are the moments that encapsulate change, shifts in direction for cultures, technology, creativity and knowledge?
Papers will be welcomed that address a broad view , including ancient, contemporary and future-thinking ideas and works as well as focused studies on individual textiles, makers and innovators, groups, culture areas, addressing material from new perspectives .
The symposium sessions will be held at the University of California Los Angeles UCLA and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA.
CALL FOR PAPERS for 2014 NOW OPEN
CALL FOR PAPERS CLOSES OCTOBER, 1, 2013
Go to the "Call for Papers" tab on the left for online submission or click "Register Now"
Location InfoUCLA and LACMA,
Los Angeles, California
Hosted by UCLA and LACMA
Awards and Scholarships
In order apply for an award or scholarshop, download the form below:Download Application
Textile Society of America awards and scholarships have been established to celebrate excellence in the textile field.
Founding Presidents Award
The Founding Presidents Award was inaugurated in 2008 and is intended to recognize excellence in the field of textile studies and to ensure that the finest new work is represented at the organization’s biennial symposium. The awards are named in honor of the five founding presidents – Peggy Gilfoy, Milton Sonday, Lotus Stack, Mattiebelle Gittinger and Louise W. Mackie. Candidates are nominated by the committee, based on preliminary review of their abstracts, and asked to submit their papers six weeks in advance of the symposium for final review. The nominees receive complimentary conference registration and the winning paper receives in addition, a monetary award.
Student/ New Professional Award
The Student/New Professional Award (S/NPA) was established by the Board of Directors of the Textile Society of America (2004-2006) as an initiative to support and encourage students and new professionals in the textile field to attend the biennial Symposium. The award acknowledges their fine contributions and covers the cost of symposium registration. These awards are presented biennially to selected TSA members who are currently either students in a textile-related field, have graduated from a textile-related field within the past three years, or have been in their first job in the textile field for less than three years. The award is open to presenters and symposium participants, through an application process. The recipient will be asked to write a short article reporting on the highlights of the Symposium for the TSA Newsletter.
The Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Art
The Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Art is presented at the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium Banquet by the Brandford/Elliott Award Board. The award honors the late fiber artists Joanne Segal Brandford and Lillian Elliott and supports the work of contemporary fiber artists. The award process is overseen by the Brandford/Elliott Board. brandford-elliott-award.com
R. L. Shep Award Ethnic Book Award
Given annually to a publication judged to be the best book in the field of ethnic textile studies, the award consists of a cash prize funded by an endowment established by R.L. Shep in 2000. The purpose of this award is to encourage the study and understanding of textile traditions by recognizing and rewarding exceptional scholarship. Books are reviewed by the R. L. Shep Award Committee.
The Ursula McCracken Travel Scholarship
The Ursula McCracken travel scholarship offers partial funding to a Textile Society of America member to participate in one of the TSA study tours. It is named in honor of Ursula McCracken, former Director of the Textile Museum, who appreciated the importance of travel to enlarge knowledge.
Textiles Close Up Scholarships for 2013
The Textiles Close Up program provides a fee waiver for one TSA member to participate in each event. The program offers exclusive behind-the-scenes visits to view important textile collections in leading institutions and private collections, led by experts in the field.
Symposium Registration/Financial Aid
Financial assistance is available and intended to help speakers and participants attend the TSA biennial symposium, and covers full or partial registration fees. Each program has an application form that is reviewed by committee, approximately six months prior to the symposium. To apply for financial assistance you must be a TSA member.
Symposium Speakers Financial Aid (Full and partial registration fee waivers; Student/New Professional and General members)
Symposium Participants Financial Aid (Full and partial registration fee waivers Student/New Professional and General members)
Symposium Workshop and Tour Scholarship (One fee waiver available for each event)
FOR CALL FOR PAPERS
New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future.
Textile Society of America’s 14th Biennial Symposium
Los Angeles, California, September 10-14, 2014
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.
TSA seeks presentation proposals from all textile-related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, including but not limited to anthropology, archaeology, art, art history, conservation, cultural geography, design, economics, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, marketing, mathematics, political science, and science, among others. Participation of international and U.S. scholars, researchers, artists, museum professionals, and others is welcome. Submission of abstracts is open to TSA members (see below). CALL FOR PAPERS CLOSES OCTOBER, 1, 2013.
In addition to our general Call for Papers, including individual papers, organized sessions and panels, films and other media submissions, we invite papers that may be considered for our plenary day. The review committee will select from among the general submissions that cogently and directly address the theme of the symposium.
Please download Guidelines for submission: http://tinyurl.com/d7fbb33
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TSA Membership Requirement
All persons submitting proposals for participation in the 2014 symposium must be TSA members in good standing for 2013 at the time of submission. Non-member applicants may join TSA at the time of proposal submission. If extenuating circumstances exist, please write to: Newdirections@textilesociety.org.
TSA follows a policy of peer review and merit consideration for acceptance into the symposium program. Initial review of proposals and abstracts by the jury will be done without author identification. Abstracts for papers outside of the jurors’ expertise will be sent to specialists. Final selections will be made by the Symposium Program Committee, composed of representatives from the Symposium Organizing Committee and the TSA Board, based on jurors’ ranking and comments; relatedness to the symposium theme and the interests of Textile Society of America as expressed in our mission statement; originality of research; and clarity. The final program will be organized to assure a diversity of geographic regions, subject matter, and scholarly approaches. The Program Committee will inform all those submitting proposals of its decisions by December 1, 2013.
Acceptance by TSA implies the presenter’s commitment to register for and attend the 14th TSA Biennial Symposium in Los Angeles, September 11-13, 2014, and intent to participate in the capacity proposed. Following acceptance, all speakers, session organizers, and panel presenters must submit electronically their commitment to present at and attend the symposium by February 1, 2014. All thus-confirmed speakers, session organizers, and panel presenters must then register for the symposium by May 1, 2014. All accepted abstracts and presenters’ biographies will be published on the TSA website and in the Symposium Program and Proceedings.
Publication of Symposium Proceedings
Proceedings generally are electronically published within six months of the symposium. Manuscripts (text and images) for publication in the TSA 2012 Symposium Proceedings must be received no later than December 1, 2014. If no manuscript is submitted, the 300-word abstract will be published. Guidelines for preparing manuscripts for publication will available on the TSA website.
Information about Scholarships and Awards are available on the "Award and Scholarship" tab on the left.
We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Elena Phipps, President, TSA
The 2014 Symposium is organized by the Textile Society of America
Academic Program Chair: Roy Hamilton, Curator, Asian and Pacific Collections, Fowler Museum, UCLA. RHamilton@textilesociety.org
Co-host: Sharon Takeda, Senior Curator and Department Head, Costumes and Textiles, LACMA
Proceedings editor: Ann Svenson, TSA Board, firstname.lastname@example.org
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