Symposium 2017 Fibre: Connecting People

Fibre: Connecting People

Annual Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ) Symposium

19-20 May 2017, Waikato Museum, Hamilton

The CTANZ symposium call invites presentations of research papers which address the theme of Fibre: Connecting People.

New Zealand has experienced a vast migration bringing with it the thread of diversity and aesthetics with cultural textiles. The global connection of textiles allows cultures to express their values, emotions and heritage through textile story telling. This intimate connection allows textiles to speak of their journey, its social and physical environment expressed through pattern, colour, fibre, texture and stitch.

“Connecting people across generations and maintaining significant cultural and social relationships”

The handbook of textile culture pg 329

-McDougall 2011: 12

 We welcome papers that explore perspectives of Fibre: Connecting People, the compounding influence of the diverse migration that New Zealand has experienced on our Fashion, Textiles, Fibre Art & Craft. Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length, followed by Q&A.

Please submit your abstracts of 300 words (max) and a short biography by Friday 2 December 2016 to

On the first page be sure to include your name, paper title, bio and contact email address. Please save your abstract in the following format: surname_first name.docx. Successful applicants will be notified by 28th February 2017.

Applicants are not required to be members of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ). Final papers will be eligible for inclusion in Context, a peer reviewed CTANZ bi-annual publication.

Final length of papers is 3000-5000 words.

Registration information, an announcement of our associated exhibition, keynote speakers, and a full programme for 2017 will be available when confirmation of programme is complete, or, as details are confirmed.

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Please change the date on this to 2017, not 2007. It will help people search for the event. Kind regards, Dinah

Hi there,
I have recently had major surgery and am currently in my 3rd of a 6-8 week re-couperation process. I am keen to submit an abstract or two for the up coming symposium and would very much appreciate and extension of 1 week to get this to you. I have a number of topics from my costume experience both here and in Australia, plus a stint in the Middle East back in 2011. I’ll aim to submit a variety of topics that will be both entertaining and educational. Kind regards
Gracie Matthews

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