Queens College, The City University of New York
Cosponsors: Center for Teaching and Learning, The Art Center, Department of European Languages and Literatures, The Incubator, CERRU, at Queens College;
MA in Liberal Studies at CUNY Graduate Center, CUNY Fashion Studies;
Key Note Speakers
Ann Rosalind Jones, Esther Cloudman Dunn Professor
of Comparative Literature
Peter Stallybrass, Walker H. and Leonore C. Annenberg in the Humanities and Professor of English,
Comparative Literature, and Literary Theory
The hand is the window on the mind.
The Conference is one of several steps in a research and pedagogical project, in part digital (fabricofcultures.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu) that explores in theory and practice how fibers, fabrics, and clothing,
as well as texts, tell and have told the stories of people and communities across cultures, class, gender and space. The Conference’s presentations will investigate the power of the materiality of texts and fabrics to ground, through use, care and making, memories, aesthetics, political awareness and activism, even for the most ubiquitous of garments such as white t-shirts and jeans. These and other objects connect people, sewing the visible and invisible stitches of a community that is an incubator for innovation in the arts, craft and technology.
The Conference is the result of two pilot classes taught in fall 2016 to undergraduate students (FYI, Freshman Year Initiative) and MA/PhD students at the CUNY Graduate Center.
The conference will foster discussion in preparation for the multimedia exhibition of the same title to be held at the Art Center in September 2017.