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The web pages for the 2016 Savannah Symposium (archived in pdf).

The 2016 Textile Society of America Symposium will take place in Savannah, Georgia on the campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. To maximize scholarly interchange, the Symposium will consist of multiple, concurrent sessions, plenary and keynote speakers, a poster session and curated exhibitions that will intersect with the scholarly program. In addition to the symposium sessions and exhibitions, 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 an awards ceremony.

Organizers -- Academic Program Co-Chairs: Jessica Smith, Professor of Fibers and Susan Falls, Professor of Anthropology, Savannah College of Art and Design. Exhibitions Chair: Liz Sargent, Professor of Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design

Theme -- For Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Port, we invited participants to explore the ways in which textiles shape, and are shaped by historical, geographical, technological and economic aspects of colonization and/or globalization. How and why have textile practices moved around? As they travel, how have they been translated, modified, or used within acts of compliance or resistance? What impact have different regimes of labor, consumption, aesthetic valuation, or political/social economy had on textile production, use, and circulation? These questions apply to contemporary or historical fine art, utilitarian, or ethnographic textiles, and are addressed through scholarship or creative practice.

Keynote: Lenore G. Tawney/TSA Keynote Address: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: “An Orphaned Sewing Machine”

Opening Plenary Panel: “Crosscurrents: The Transnational Flows of Textiles”

Closing Plenary Stephanie Syjuco: From the Global to the Local (and Back Again): The Practice of Cultural Contestation and Reinvention

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Workshops and Tours

Site Seminars

Awards Banquet Dinner


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