This panel invites papers that focus on South Asian textile traditions. It aims to investigate and discuss the role of contemporary textile and dress practices in the Himalayan belt. It aims to investigate and compare approaches to representation, dissemination and consumption of material culture within the region. It will be important to address and debate questions of context, function, use, meaning, aesthetics and perception. Within the postcolonial discourse, notions of representation, identity, memory and consumption could be investigated. Furthermore, contributors could problematise questions of tradition and change as well as the importance of textile and dress. In this way papers may reflect the diversity and complexity of contemporary material cultures. The panel therefore invites proposals engaging with the multiple lineages and usages of textiles and dress in South Asia that continue to inform their contemporary cultural politics. Panel Convenors: Emma Dick MA (Oxon) MDes, Middlesex University, London Neelam Raina MA (Textiles), MA (Knitted Textiles), PhD (Design and Development), Middlesex University, London. DEADLINE FOR PAPER ABSTRACTS - Please email abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> or N.Raina@mdx.ac.uk<mailto:N.Raina@mdx.ac.uk> by 28th of Feb 2014.
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