Workshop: Recycling Textile Technologies

By | April 13, 2010

If you are in London on June 14 and you are interested in textile recycling, see the announcement below. I will be making a presentation on Igbo trade networks and secondhand clothing

A one-day workshop from 9am to 5pm, on June 14th 2010
To be held at the Pearson North Lecture Theatre, University College London

Waste is a valuable, yet often little understood, resource that may be used to subvert and reconfigure moral, legal, social and political boundaries in the pursuit of livelihoods and business success. Textile recyclers have developed a range of socio-technological practises to enable material transformations to take place that often remain invisible to those studying modern economies. This one-day interdisciplinary workshop brings together researchers working on textile recycling across disciplines and sectors, including anthropologists, geographers, historians, designers, waste consultants and consumer researchers. Through this exchange we hope to develop a greater understanding of the underlying relationships between people and things, raw materials and technologies, the emergence of entrepreneurs and innovators in social networks, and their contextual variations. For further details, please see the

Call for Papers.

o    Beverly Lemire, University of Alberta, Canada
o    Olumide Abimbola, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
o    Karen Tranberg Hansen, Northwestern University, USA
o    B. Lynne Milgram, Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada
o    Julie Botticello, UCL, United Kingdom
o    Ingun Grimstad Klepp, Tone Skardal Tobiasson, Charlotte Bik Bandlien and Kirsi Laitala, SIFO (NICE), Norway
o    Nicholas Morley, Oakdene Hollins, United Kingdom
o    Pammi Sinha and Kanchana Dissanayake, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
o    Lucy Norris, UCL, United Kingdom
Lucy Norris and Julie Botticello, Dept of Anthropology, UCL
The registration fee covers refreshments and lunch with vegetarian options.
Waged: £25 and Unwaged: £18
Please contact Julie Botticello on to reserve your place. The deadline for registration is *7th of June 2010.*
9.40 – 10.00    Registration & Coffee (in the North Cloisters)
10.00 – 10.10    Welcome: Danny Miller; Introduction: Lucy Norris and Julie Botticello
Session 1:         Building networks and breaking boundaries
Chair: Danny Miller
10.10 – 10.40    Beverly Lemire, Textile Networks and Textile Meanings: the European Secondhand Trade in Historical Perspective,   c1600-1850
10.40 – 11.10    Julie Botticello, Negotiating Status and Value: Processing Rags for Global Export
11.10 – 11.40    Lynne Milgram, Mobilizing Livelihood, Centering Margins: Women and the Transnational Hong-Kong Philippine Used  Clothing Trade
11.40 – 12.00    Coffee Break (in the North Cloisters)
Chair: Nicky Gregson
12.00 – 12.30    Karen Tranberg Hansen, From Family Business to International Empire: Global Networks in Secondhand Clothing Trading
12.30 – 1.00    Olumide Abimbola, Igbo Trade Networks and Secondhand Clothing
1.00 – 1.15    Discussion
1.15 – 2.00    Lunch (in the North Cloisters)
Session 2:          The return of recycling technologies
Chair: Dinah Eastop
2.00 – 2.30    Ingun Grimstad Klepp, Tone Skardal Tobiasson, Charlotte Bik Bandlien, Reinventing Old Solutions to New Problems?
2.30 – 3.00    Nick Morley, Pulp Fiction? Re-innovating Paper Manufacture from Textiles
3.15 – 3.30    Coffee Break (in the North Cloisters)
Chair: Susanne Küchler
3.30 – 4.00    Pammi Sinha, Kanchana Dissanayake, Local Knowledge and Skills in Remanufacturing Fashion
4.00 – 4.30    Lucy Norris, Remains or Resource? Alternative perspectives on dirt and the success of used clothing transformations in  India
4.30 – 5.00    Final discussion
We are grateful to the Journal of Material Culture for their contribution to the workshop. The event is taking place as part of the Waste of the World  programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC RES 000-23-0007).
Details about the conference will be available shortly on the UCL’s anthropology department conference web page:
Maps and Directions:
Pearson North Lecture Theatre, , is located in the Pearson Building, off Gower Street, in the Northwest corner of the main quadrangle. Registration on the day will take place in the North Cloisters, , which is under the dome in the UCL main building, on the eastern edge of the main quadrangle.
To reach UCL, the most convenient underground stations are Warren Street (for Northern and Victoria lines) and Euston Square (for Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan lines). The venue is also within walking distance (5-10 minutes) of Goodge Street and Russell Square underground stations, and Euston, King’s Cross, and St Pancras underground and mainline stations.
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