Director at Large: Ann Peters
The forums fostered by the Textile Society of America have played a key role in my professional development. My personal connection to TSA was built by my mentor Anne Paul, and my friend and colleague Elayne Zorn, who extended invitations to me to participate in Symposia. Textile scholars Amy Oakland and Sophie Desrosiers have also strengthened my connection to the Society and I have greatly admired Elena Phipps’ leadership and scholarship. I find the character of the Biennial Symposia to be delightful – at moments magical – as it brings together scholarship, artistic expression, and appreciation of worldwide textile traditions with an institutional hospitality that promotes exchange of insights among all participants. I have seen the organization grow and strengthen the scope and accessibility of its programming. I particularly admire TSA’s developing web presence and digital publication strategy. Also, I have noticed a few bumps along the road, and believe I have some relevant experience that could help contribute to overcoming current challenges and next phases of the organization’s development. Particularly, I would seek to promote textile research as a window on human history and strengthen TSA’s role as a forum for the analysis of textiles from archaeological contexts.
Ann is an independent scholar, affiliated as a Consulting Scholar with the American Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum). She directs a research project, “Practice in Life, Presence after Death: Style and Substance at the Paracas Necrópolis” and has received funding support from several institutions, notably a Project Grant (2006) and Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies (2006-2007) at Dumbarton Oaks (Fellows of Harvard University) and a research grant (2010-2014) from the Archaeology Program of the National Science Foundation.
Ann worked in the non-profit sector in organizations focused on human rights work, as Coordinator of the Committee on US/Latin American Relations, a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics and Social Policy at Cornell University (1989-1992), a member of the Advisory Board of that organization (1993-1998), and a regional representative and founding member of the Board of Directors of the Network in Support of the People of Guatemala (1990-1993). She has taught internationally with support from the Fulbright program in Chile and Peru; and in the US at various universities, including Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (1993-1998), LeMoyne College (1998-1999), SUNY Cortland (1993), Ithaca College (1999), West Chester University of Pennsylvania (2008-9), and Temple University (2008-2009).
Ann served on the Committee on US/Latin American Relations 1992-1998 Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala 1991-1993. She has a B. A. Yale University 1978, an M. A. Cornell University 1983, a PhD. Cornell University 1997. She has numerous publications on Andean archaeological textiles, including: with Elsa Tomasto-Cagigao “Masculinities and femininities: Forms and expressions of power in the Paracas Necropolis” in Sarahh Scher and Billie J. A. Follensbee (eds.) Dressing the Part: Power, Dress, Gender, and Representation in the Pre-Columbian Americas. University Press of Florida, Gainesville. (in press 2016);
“Travels of a rayed head: textile movement and the concepts of center and periphery in the southern Andes,” in Isbell, Uribe and Tiballi (eds.) Religion and Representation in the Development of Southern Andean Civilization: Tiwanaku, Wari and Transcultural Art of the Southern Andean Iconographic Series – 800 BC to AD 1000. Cotsen Institute/ University of California, Los Angeles. 2015; “Visions of the Inca Dynasty; Narrative styles, emblematic dress and the power of ancestors,” Tribus 63, pp. 17-39. 2014; “Paracas Necropolis: Communities of textile production, exchange networks and social boundaries in the central Andes, 150 BC to AD 250,” in Denise Arnold and Penny Dransart (eds.) Textiles, Technical Practice and Power in the Andes, pp. 109-139. Archetype, London. 2012; along with a number of papers published in Proceedings of the TSA (2004, 2011)