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In Situ Graduate School: Textile and Dyes as Transnational, Global Knowledge

Sunday 18 September 2022 - Friday 23 September 2022
Rapenburg 59
2311GJ Leiden

Our understanding of textile and dye crafts, both at the local and global levels, is invariably colored by colonial, national, and post-war UN approaches to ‘development and rehabilitation’. More recently, the neoliberal wave of institutionalizing art and culture through the frames of ‘heritage’ and/or ‘creative economy’ has begun to shape our ideas and sentiments about handmade textiles, clothing, and dyes.

In this LeidenGlobal-HAB-IIAS In Situ Graduate School (ISGS) we will aim to interrogate prevailing, dominant discourses through other, less visible, and marginalized vantage points, whilst focusing on three sub-themes:

  1. Circulations of textiles and dyes along less visible cartographies
  2. Textile and dyes as sites of precarity and meaning
  3.  Testimonies of past and present subjectivities of cloth, clothing and colour


A detailed description of the subthemes is available on our website https://www.iias.asia/textiledyes

In addition to specialist lectures, conversations, and a roundtable with diverse stakeholders, participants will also undertake local field trips in Leiden and other parts of the Netherlands. At the end of the ISGS, participants will make final presentations responding to each of the three sub-themes, and they will discuss the questions that were raised and the people and places they visited during the course of the project.


We welcome applications from Arts, Design, Social Sciences and Humanities graduate students (doctoral, including doctorate practice-based research, and research master's) and early career professionals (up to 3 years after the completion of the PhD). Application deadline is Friday 15 April 2022.

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