Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies Of Dorothy K. Burnham

Things to do Royal Ontario Museum , Bloor Yorkville Thursday November 9 2017
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An International Conference at the Royal Ontario Museum
November 9 - 11, 2017

During Canada’s 2017 Sesquicentennial celebrations, the Royal Ontario Museum will host an international conference to explore the material culture of textiles through the work and legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham (1911-2004), internationally renowned textile scholar and member of the Order of Canada (1985). Burnham was in the vanguard of the generation of early 20th century curators who made textiles and costume a field of valid scholarly research by finding out how and why objects are made in particular ways, what they meant when produced and what they mean to us today.

This international conference will examine the contemporary trajectories that stem from Dorothy K. Burnham’s legacies by bringing together an international group of academics, artists and maker communities directly or indirectly influenced by her work. It will be of interest to those working from many scholarly disciplines and practices including anthropology, sociology, history, economics aesthetics, museology, weaving, spinning and fibre art. Together, we will explore the current diversity of interdisciplinary methods used to study the technologies, economics, meanings and cultural imbued in global textiles and clothing, and in the process acknowledge and assess Burnham’s many contributions.

Organizing Scientific Committee:
Alexandra Palmer, Senior Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
Sarah Fee, Curator, Royal Ontario Museum
Adrienne Hood, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto
Trudy Nicks, Senior Curator Emeritus, Royal Ontario Museum
Program Partner:
University of Toronto Art Department

Generously Supported By:
The Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada
Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship
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By: Royal Ontario Museum

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Address: 100 Queen's Park
M5S 2C6
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