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Dress Matters: Transcultural Perspectives on Belonging and Distinction
01 Juni
09:30 Uhr - 11:00 Uhr
Internationales Kolleg Morphomata

(Rückgebäude), Bibliothek, 3. Stock

Weyertal 59
50937 Köln

Link: http://lageplan.uni-koeln.de/#!126

Textiles are among some of the oldest materials and objects used worldwide in different manners to protect, aesthetically decorate, or distinguish. What is defined in a society as textiles, cloth or clothing, however, varies and is influenced by diverse factors and cultural contexts. The materiality of cloth allows for discussions within historical, technological and cultural aspects, but it is also intertwined with processes of value, identity, agency, affect and power. Because cloth artifacts can be transformed, refined and even destroyed, the materiality of cloth and clothing can participate in the construction of multiple identities and becoming enmeshed in symbolic and ritual realms. Despite recognizing the complexities of dress and cloth, we focus this workshop mainly on two aspects: 1) questions of individual and group identity formation and 2) how cloth and people are entangled in deep cultural, economic and political aspects surrounding the making and use of cloth and clothing. We discuss the historical and contemporary making, unmaking and remaking of the cultural significance of dress, cloth and clothing.