[URBANTH-L]CFP: SEA Annual Meeting: "Weaving Across Time and Space:
The Political Economy of Textiles" (Los Angeles)
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Annual Meeting: 2009 Society for Economic Anthropology Annual Meeting
"Weaving Across Time and Space: The Political Economy of Textiles"
April 2-4, 2009 at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of
California, Los Angeles.
Co-Chairs: Walter E. Little (SUNY-Albany) and Patricia A. McAnany (UNC,
Chapel Hill), Host: Charles Stanish (UCLA-Cotsen Institute)
Call For Papers
Textiles have been a central part of the economies and politics of human
societies across culture divides and over millennia. The economy of textiles
provides insight into the fabric of social relations, local and global
politics, and diverse ideologies. Textile production and exchange represent
a key node for the intersections of multiple aspects of ancient and modern
economies, including social-class relations, gender, tourism, exchange,
commerce, and trans-polity relationships. A political economy of textiles,
discussed from a broad interdisciplinary perspective, offers ways to
understand cloth and clothing as parts of mutually constitutive processes
that shape and reflect economic practices, cultural ideologies, and
Clothing is a material element of society that fosters the study of
continuities and disjunctions in the economic and social realities of past
and present societies. From stick-loom weaving to transnational factories,
the production of cloth and its transformation into clothing and other woven
goods offers a way to study the linkages between economics and politics.
Paper and Poster-presentation Topics
Topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following, as
they relate to economic practices:
A. Textile production. From ancient to contemporary periods, how has textile
production articulated with household, regional and global economies? How
have techniques of production remained constant or changed over time? How
are relations between gender and power constituted by techniques of
B. Textiles as trade goods. How do textiles function in ancient and
contemporary exchange systems as gifts and commodities? What mechanisms
bring textiles into and out of the household and the marketplace? What is
the role of textile commodities in core-hinterland economic relations (past
and present) and exchange across political boundaries?
C. Textiles as symbols. How are textiles important media for political and
religious iconography? Symbolically embedded, how have elaborate textiles
been and continue to be markers of social or political standing? How is
ethnicity reflected by fabric styles, as well as sacred elements of belief
systems and cosmology?
D. Textiles in touristic process. What role does indigenous textile
production play in tourism? How do tourist and indigenous economic exchanges
impact textile production and local economic conditions? What futures does
tourism development hold for handcrafted textiles and their producers?
E. Textiles within transnational process. How are traditional textiles
connected to the global economy and what kinds of economic, political, and
social capital are encompassed by these handicrafts? What changes have large
clothing factories that employ outsourced labor for multinational industries
precipitated in developing and developed countries? Why have these factories
been a focus of controversy among both state authorities and activists
concerned with globalization and its effects on the developing world?
At the annual conference, the SEA always welcomes posters on any topic in
economic anthropology. Students and scholars whose work may not fit the
central theme of the meeting are encouraged to submit a poster. The special
poster session/reception during the meeting is inclusive and a major event
of the SEA conference. Poster presenters who focus on the meeting theme may
be asked to complete a finished paper for publication in the annual volume.
The SEA meetings provide a rare opportunity for a focused and coherent
program of presentation, with time for critical discussion in a convivial
intellectual setting. About 15 papers are selected from abstracts for a
program that allows 20 minutes for presentation and 20 minutes for
discussion in a single plenary session over two days; around 30 additional
abstracts will be selected for the poster session. Each SEA conference also
produces a book on the conference theme. Submitting a paper for the plenary
session represents a commitment that you wish to be considered for inclusion
in this volume.
We encourage archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, economists,
historians, geographers and other social scientists concerned with
economy-textile linkages. Send an abstract for a paper or poster of 400-600
words to Walter Little at wlittle at albany.edu or Department of Anthropology,
AS 245, University at Albany SUNY, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222 by
December 1, 2008.
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