Call for Papers | Graduate Studies
Arts Council of the African Studies Association
ACASA triennial 2014, Global threads: Africa’s textile trade in historical perspective
Global threads: Africa’s textile trade in historical perspective
Conveners: Genevieve Hill-Thomas and Stephanie Beck Cohen
This panel will explore Africa’s historical position in the global textile trade. Focusing on intercontinental and trans-oceanic networks, we seek proposals that elucidate cross-cultural cooperation in the design, production, and exchange of woven art. We encourage proposals that re-examine textile histories to explore new methods of analyses.
How can the study of cloth be used to uncover complex and vibrant historical views of Africa’s role in global trade? Likewise, how can scholarship move beyond center-periphery and global north/south analyses?
Lastly, how can we characterize the interplay between aesthetics and economics within Early Modern and Modern global textile networks? Preference will be given to proposals addressing topics prior to the 20th century.