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August 1, 2020, Time: 1 hour meeting to start at 9 am PST/ 12 noon EST/ 4 pm GMT/7 pm EAT. Hosted on Zoom.
Register for free. Limit 25 participants.
As an interdisciplinary organization, the Textile Society of America’s mission is to provide “an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.”
We invite members to form Affinity Groups linked by aspects of our professional and personal identities, in order to strengthen our work.
TSA Affinity Group Conversations. The purpose of this series is to provide a virtual space via Zoom for TSA members and other interested people to gather at a distance, to talk about the specific challenges in different sectors of the textiles field and share resources. This is an opportunity for TSA to help members of our field connect with each other while we wait to be able to gather in person, and to learn more about what resources we can provide moving forward. While we encourage participants to become members of TSA, membership is not required.
The Historic & Ancient Textiles affinity group has recently been proposed to bring together people engaged in research on heritage textiles, including those recovered archaeologically, held in the collection of a community, university or museum. We recognize the special challenges involved in the custody and study of these textile objects, especially at this time.
We are excited to initiate Affinity Group Conversations focused on historic and ancient textiles. We look forward to bringing together those who study of textiles incorporated in dress, documents, sacred objects, tools, weapons, transport, storage, furnishings, and architecture of historic, ethnographic and archaeological origin. We hope that our conversations will foster a community where we can share the challenges of our work today, exchange ideas and strategies, support each other in our endeavors and carry our research into the future.
We bring our own ideas, but expect the group to define its own mission and evolve as it forms and grows. For our first meeting, we will be getting to know one another, discussing issues that we face in our work, and brainstorming ideas for future discussion topics. We look forward to meeting you and gathering together!
Ann Peters, archaeologist, specializing in the textile bundles around the deceased in Paracas (2000 BP), independent scholar, TSA Board Member
Lee Talbot, textile historian, specializing in textiles of east Asia, curator at The Textile Museum, George Washington University, TSA Board Member