CONFERENCE: Textiles, Techne & Power in the Andes. March 15th to 17th

This conference seeks to generate an Andean contribution to current debates on history, materiality and technology. Through specific thematic approaches, the conference will explore the ways woven products served as records of technological knowledge, and socio-cultural and productive relations. Textiles are examined here as historical and contemporary media where power relations – political, class or gender relations – are expressed and played out, whether in dress or other hierarchies of social categories. The conference also explores textiles as expressions of world-view and the sacred, as well as a part of a regional and a world heritage.

This Conference aims to expand the scope of the ideas developed during the project, by sharing ideas with more than 30 leading international experts in the field, including textile scholars and curators from a variety of overseas and UK museums. It arises from the AHRC-funded project Weaving communities of practice. Textiles, culture and identity in the Andes, based at CILAVS in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck and the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Aymara (ILCA) in La Paz, Bolivia.

Keynote speakers: Ann H. Peters (Univ. of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, USA), Tom Zuidema (Anthropology, University of Illinois, USA) Conference convenors: Denise Y. Arnold and Luciana Martins

Topics include: Textiles as documents; textiles and interrelated semiotic practices; textile technologies and social consequences; textiles and social identity; woven complexity and social complexity; the textile productive chain; woven networks; iconographic studies, textile techniques and structures; technique, technology and image; weaving languages, patterns, and symmetries.

A roundtable on the history of Andean textiles and contemporary art chaired by Valerie Fraser will explore textiles as a form of artistic expression. Confirmed artists include Susie Goulder (Warmi), Cecilia Vicuña and Elvira Espejo. This roundtable will be followed by the opening of Textile Sculptures, an exhibition of recent work by Warmi at the Peruvian Embassy.

Simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish will be available, with the exception of Tom Zuidema’s keynote lecture at the British Museum, which will be delivered in English.

Places are limited, so please book your place in advance to avoid disappointment. To register, please click on Registration Form.

For more details please e-mail m.dediego@bbk.ac.uk

PROGRAMME

Thursday 15 March 2012 – Senate Room, Senate House, University of London. Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Theme: Amerindian textiles, technology and material culture

9.00-9.30 REGISTRATION
9.30-10.00 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION. Luciana Martins and Denise Y. Arnold (Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK)
10.00-11.35 PANEL 1: Textiles as documents. Chair: Luciana Martins
10.00-10.25 Denise Y. Arnold (Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK), ‘Textiles, knotted khipus, and a semiosis in common: towards a woven language of documentation in the Andes’
10.25-10.50 Jeffrey Splitstoser (Pre-Columbian Society, Washington D.C.), ‘Practice and meaning in spiralwrapped batons and cords from Cerrillos, a Late Paracas Site in the Ica Valley, Peru’
10.50-11.15 Gary Urton (Department of Anthropology, Harvard University, USA), ‘Middle Horizon khipus: Pre-Inka cord-keeping in the Central Andes’
11.15-11.35 Discussion
11.35-12.05 COFFEE BREAK
12.05-1.20 PANEL 2: Textile and interrelated semiotic practices
Chair: Penelope Dransart
12.05-12.30 Rebecca R. Stone (Art History, Emory University, USA), ‘The khipu as textile: variation in fibers, forms, and functions in Emory’s Carlos Museum examples’
12.30-12.55 Galen Brokaw (Romance Languages and Literatures, Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY, USA), ‘Andean semiotics and the Quechua concept of quilca’
12.55-1.10 Discussion
1.10-2.30 LUNCH BREAK
2.30-4.05 PANEL 3: Textile technologies and social consequences. Chair: Denise Y. Arnold
2.30-2.55 Carrie J. Brezine (Anthropology, Harvard Univ., USA), ‘Powers of thread: mathematics in Andean textile techology’
2.55-3.20 Penelope Dransart (Anthropology & Archaeology, Univ. of Wales, Trinity St. Davis, UK), ‘Thoughts on productive knowledge in weaving with discontinuous warp and weft’
3.20-3.45 Ines Doujak and John Barker (Institute of Human Science in Vienna), ‘Stitched Up: Andean textiles in an irrational world’
3.45-4.05 Discussion
4.05-4.35 COFFEE BREAK
4.35-6.10 PANEL 4: Textiles technologies and social consequences. Chair: Sara López
4.35-5.00 Jane Feltham (Independent scholar, UK), ‘El mensaje que querían comunicar los Incas por medio de los textiles de Pachacamac durante el Horizonte Tardío ’
5.00-5.25 Ann P. Rowe (Textile Museum Washington D.C.), ‘Central Highland-Late Chancay textile interaction’
5.25-5.50 Anne Tiballi (Anthropology, California Institute for Peruvian Studies, USA), ‘Weaving the body politic: the integration of technological practice and embodied social identity in the Late Prehistoric Andes’
5.50-6.10 Discussion
6.30-7.30 PLENARY LECTURE. Chair: Denise Y. Arnold Ann H. Peters (Univ. of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, USA), ‘Paracas Necropolis: communities of textile production, exchange networks and social boundaries of the central Andes, 150 BC to AD 250’
8.15 pm CONFERENCE DINNER

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Friday 16 March 2012 – Senate Room, Senate House, University of London. Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Theme: Textile complexity and social complexity

9.30- 10.35 PANEL 5: Textiles and social identity. Chair: Denise Y. Arnold                  9.30-9.55 Cassandra Torrico (Independent scholar, USA) ‘Technical competence in weaving as means of symbolic distinction among the Macha Indians of Northern Potosi, Bolivia’.                                                                                                                                        9.55-10.20 Verónica Auza (ALBA Cultural-ASUR, Bolivia), ‘Las tejedoras de los “Ponchos rojos”: Un lenguaje femenino que teje la larga historia de la beligerancia aymara’        10.20-10.35 Discussion                                                                                                         10.35-11.05 COFFEE BREAK                                                                                                        11.05-12.10 PANEL 6: Woven complexity and social complexity. Chair: María Soledad Hoces.                                                                                                                                          11.05-11.30 Eva Fischer (Institut für Sozialanthropologie der Universität Bern, Switzerland), ‘Complejidad cultural e identidades complejas’                                                      11.30-11.55 Juan de Dios Yapita (ILCA, La Paz, Bolivia), ‘Pensando los desarrollos tecnológicos andinos en el textil desde las lenguas andinas’                                                        11.55-12.10 Discussion                                                                                                          12.10-1.25 LUNCH BREAK                                                                                                    1.25-3.00 PANEL 7: The textile productive chain: materiality and meaning. Chair: Aicha Bachir Bacha                                                                                                                                1.25-1.50 Claudia Rivera (UMSA e ILCA, La Paz, Bolivia), ‘Artefactos de producción textil prehispánicos en el occidente de Bolivia: una visión diacrónica’.                                         1.50-2.15 Andrés Romano (Instituto de Arqueología y Museo, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina), ‘Tejido en el tiempo: el uso de las fibras animales y la tradición textil… Antofagasta de la Sierra como caso de estudio’                                                        2.15-2.40 Sara López Campeny (Archaeology, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina), ‘Los textiles como medio de expresión simbólica múltiple: tejiendo mensajes sobre poder y memoria…   análisis de casos arqueológicos para el NO de Argentina’     2.40-3.00 Discussion4                                                                                                             3.00-3.30 COFFEE BREAK                                                                                                    3.30-4.35 PANEL 8: Woven networks. Chair: Georges Lau                                                     3.30-3.55 Bárbara Cases (Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica, Chile), ‘Persistencias y variaciones técnicas en las bolsas domésticas de Arica’                                                                   3.55-4.20 Alonso Barros (Anthropology, LSE, UK), ‘A common thread: the textiles of highland Bolivia and Chile in ethno-historical context’                                                                  4.20-4.35 Discussion                                                                                                                     5.00-7.15 ROUNDTABLE ON ANDEAN TEXTILES AND CONTEMPORARY ART. Chair: Valerie Fraser. Discussants: Alethia Alonso (Iberian andLatin American Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK), ‘Calar el nudo o cómo dejarse absorber: posibilidades artísticas del quipu en el trabajo de Jorge Eielson’; Cecilia Vicuña (Artist, Chile); Susie Goulder (Warmi; Artist, Peru); Elvira Espejo (ILCA, Bolivia)                         8.00 OPENING OF SUSIE GOULDER (WARMI) EXHIBITION ‘TEXTILE SCULPTURES’ AT THE PERUVIAN EMBASSY FOLLOWED BY A DRINKS RECEPTION. 52 Sloane Street  Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9SP

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Saturday 17 March – Senate Room, Senate House, University of London. Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Theme: Textiles, iconographic studies and weaving languages

9.15-10.50 PANEL 9: Iconographic studies, textile techniques and structures
Chair: M-J Jiménez
9.15-9.40 Gail Silverman (Independent scholar, Peru), ‘The Inca motifs as recorders of worldview’
9.40-10.05 Victòria Solanilla Demestre (Art History, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain), ‘Tejiendo paisaje: textiles de la Costa Norte durante el Intermedio Tardío’
10.05-10.30 Miriam de Diego (Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK), ‘Hacia la relación entre iconografía y técnica textil’
10.30-10.50 Discussion
10.50-11.15 COFFEE BREAK
11.15-12.20 PANEL 10: Technique, technology and image. Chair: Victoria Solanilla
11.15-11.40 Sophie Desrosiers (Archaeology, EHESS, France), ‘Common logics between pre-European and present indigenous textile knowledges in the Central-Southern Andes’
11.40-12.05 Elvira Espejo (ILCA, Bolivia) and Denise Y. Arnold (Iberian and Latin American Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK), ‘Las técnicas textiles y las interacciones sociales: el caso del peinecillo’
12.05-12.20 Discussion
12.20-1.25 LUNCH BREAK
1.25-3.00 PANEL 11: Weaving languages, patterns, and symmetries. Chair: Sophie Desrosiers
1.25-1.50 George Lau (Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas School of World Art Studies and Museology, University of East Anglia, Norwich): ‘On textiles and alterity in the Recuay culture (AD 200-700), Ancash, Peru’
1.50-2.15 Aïcha Bachir Bacha (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris Centre de Recherche sur l’Amérique Préhispanique), ‘Contextos arqueológicos, imágenes y simbología de los textiles paracas de Animas Altas, Ica-Perú’
2.15-2.40 Mary Frame (Independent scholar, Canada), ‘Conceptualizing space through structures, pathways, motions, and maps: plural models for symmetry patterns on ancient Andean textiles’
2.40-3.00 Discussion6
3.00-3.45 CONFERENCE SUMMING UP. Chair: Luciana Martins. Roundtable with Denise Y. Arnold, Gordon Brotherston, Ann H. Peters and Elvira Espejo
5.00-6.00 PLENARY LECTURE: STEVENSON LECTURE THEATRE, BRITISH MUSEUM. Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG.  £5, Members / concessions £3. Book tickets here  Chair: Colin McEwan. R. T. Zuidema (Anthropology, University of Illinois, USA), ‘Andean royal tunics and the Inca calendar’
6.00 DRINKS RECEPTION: CLORE FOYER, BRITISH MUSEUM

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