In April, 2013, Marie-Louise Nosch, the director of the Centre of Textile Research, appointed me as the research manager of CTR’s new research programme ‘Clothing, costume, consumption and cultre’ (CCCC), which is run between The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research, the National Museum of Denmark and the City Museum of Copenhagen. My co-director in the project is the Senior Curator of the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, Dr. Mikkel Venborg Pedersen, who is responsible for the museum’s textile and dress collections. At this point, the purpose of the research programme is to create a network of Ph.D. students and academics to meet and discuss how early modern reserach on dress and textiles could be developed within the centre and at the National museum, especially in regards to method. One of our missions is to combine experimental archaelogy with the more traditional methods of history, based on empirical evidence and theoretical models. At the same time, we want to provide the Ph.D. students an opportunity to participate in the activities at both the Centre for Textile Research and at the National Museum, and to feel that they are an important part of our reserach community. We have currently six Ph.D. students from Denmark, Britain, Italy and India involved with the project. These include Charlotte Rimstad, Vivi Lena Andersen, Toolika Gupta, Karolina Hutkova, Vibe Maria Martens and Alice Dolan. I am so much looking forward to the opportunity to working with these incredibly talented young students!
We have also intensive co-operation with many establisehed scholars from several different countries. The main international partners of the project include Warwick and Glasgow University, UK, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Council of Historical Research, Delhi, India and the Europe University in Florence, Italy. Our plan is in near future to organise brain-storming sessions and workshops that include both practical work on textiles as well as theoretical discussions about the production of wool, silk and linen and their uses and meanings in various social and cultural contexts. We are also planning a workshop in India in 2014, where a number of traditional crafts and textile techniques now lost to us are still preserved and practised.
You can visit our webpage at: http://ctr.hum.ku.dk/costumes_clothing_consumption_culture.
For exciting experiments with experimental archaeology, see the flax-project by Ph.D. student Alice Dolan, who is supervised by Prof. John Styles wihtin the Spinning Project: http://spinning-wheel.org/2013/07/experimental-archaeology-growing-flax/
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