Conference | Textile Society of America Symposium, 2014

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on June 20, 2014

From the Textile Society of America:

Textile Society of America’s 2014 Symposium
New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future

Los Angeles, 10–14 September 2014

The theme of the symposium, New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, explores change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future. Where have we been and where are we going? What are the moments that encapsulate change? What are the shifts in direction for cultures, technology, creativity and knowledge? And how do these shifts effect our understanding of textiles?

The program includes two full days of multiple concurrent sessions on the UCLA campus and a full day of plenary sessions at LACMA on Saturday. In addition to the sessions, there will be receptions, special exhibitions, an awards ceremony, and a series of dynamic pre- and post-conference workshops and study tours to local and regional art institutions, collections, and artist studios.

Full symposium registration includes Wednesday night opening reception, Friday Awards Banquet Dinner, and lunches and coffee on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Program details, including lots of eighteenth-century offerings, can be found at the Textile of America’s website:

New Book | A Cultural History of Gardens

Posted in books by Editor on June 20, 2014

From Bloomsbury:

Michael Leslie and John Dixon Hunt, eds., A Cultural History of Gardens, 6 volumes (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), 1600 pages, ISBN: 9781847882653, $550.

9781847882653A Cultural History of Gardens presents an authoritative survey from ancient times to the present. This set of six volumes covers over 2500 years of gardens as physical, social and artistic spaces.

1. A Cultural History of Gardens in Antiquity
2. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age
3. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Renaissance
4. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Enlightenment
5. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire
6. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Modern Age

Stephen Bending, ed., Volume Four: A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Enlightenment

• Stephen Bending (University of Southampton), Introduction
• Timothy Mowl (Bristol University), Design
• Michael Charlesworth (University of Texas at Austin), Types of Gardens
• Michael Symes (Birkbeck, University of London), Planting
• David Lambert (The Parks Agency), Use and Reception
• Annie Richardson (University of Lincoln), Visual Representations
• Rachel Crawford, University of San Francisco), Verbal Representations
• Patrick Eyres (New Arcadian Press), Meaning
• Sarah Spooner and Tom Williamson (University of East Anglia)
Gardens and the Larger Landscape

New Book | A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Enlightenment

Posted in books by Editor on June 20, 2014

The book first appeared in 2012 but has recently been issued in paperback by Bloomsbury:

Carole Reeves, ed., A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Enlightenment (London: Berg, 2012), 320 pages, Hardback, ISBN: 978-1847887917, $100 / Softcover, ISBN: 9781472554659, $35.

9781472554659The Enlightenment, 1650–1800 was a time when people began to take stock of their intrinsic worth as individuals. Of course, slaves were still property, servants and apprentices were indentured, daughters ‘belonged’ to fathers and brothers, wives to husbands, and paupers were tethered to their parish. But change was in the air as increased population, migration and urbanization began to reshape both national and personal identity. The birth of modern society in the Enlightenment demanded a rethinking of the human body in all its forms, from conception to death and beyond. The history of midwives, medics, colonialists, cross-dressers, corpses, vampires, witches, beggars, beauties, body snatchers, incest and immaculate conceptions—all reveal how the body changed in this age of turbulence and transition.

A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Enlightenment presents an overview of the period with essays on the centrality of the human body in birth and death, health and disease, sexuality, beauty and concepts of the ideal, bodies marked by gender, race.


Series Preface

Carole Reeves (University College London), Introduction: Enlightenment Bodies
1 Lisa Forman Cody (Claremont McKenna College), The Body in Birth and Death
2 Kevin Siena (Trent University), Pliable Bodies: The Moral Biology of Health and Disease
3 George Rousseau (Oxford University), Sexual Knowledge: Panspermist Jokes, Reproductive Technologies, and Virgin Births
4 Jessica Riskin (Stanford University), Medical Knowledge: The Adventures of Mr. Machine, with Morals
5 Ruth Richardson (University of Herfordshire), Popular Beliefs about the Dead Body
6 David M. Turner (Swansea University), The Body Beautiful
7 Laura Gowing (King’s College London), Marked Bodies and Social Meanings
8 Susan Staves (Brandeis University), The Puzzle of the Pox-Marked Body
9 Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire), Cultural Representations: Rogue Literature and the Reality of the Begging Body
10 Ruth Perry (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Self and Society: Attitudes toward Incest in Popular Ballads


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