Textiles Reading Group

Initiated in 2014 in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, the Textiles Reading Group meets on a monthly basis to discuss selected readings. It draws together academics and researchers working across a varied range of topics, from Renaissance modes of luxury to dress in China, Islamic textiles to Australian colonial dress.


Past readings have included:

Bellanta, Melissa."Business Fashion: Masculinity, Class and Dress in 1870s Australia". Australian Historical Studies 48, no.2 (2017): 189-212.

Benjamin, Walter. The Arcades Project.  Cambridge, Mas.: Belknap Press, 1999.

Bier, Carol. "Patterns in Time and Space: Technologies of Transfer and the Cultural Transmission of Mathematical Knowledge across the Indian Ocean." Ars Orientalis 34 (2004): 172-94.

Campagnol, Isabella. Forbidden Fashions: Invisible Luxuries in Early Venetian Convents.  Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 2014.

Cramer, Lorinda."Making a Home in Gold-rush Victoria: Plain Sewing and the Genteel Woman". Australian Historical Studies 48, no. 2 (2017): 213-226.

Douny, Laurence. "Silk embroidered garments as transformative processes: layering, inscribing and displaying Hausa material identities". Journal of Material Culture 16, no. 4 (2011): 401-415.

Evans, Tanya. "The Use of Memory and Material Culture in the History of the Family in Colonial Australia." Journal of Australian Studies 36, no. 2 (2012): 207-28.

Jones, Ann Rosalind, and Peter Stallybass. Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Rublack, Ulinka. "Matter in the Material Renaissance." Past and Present, no. 219 (2013).

Speelberg, Femke. "Fashion & Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520-1620." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 73, no. 2 (2015).

Stenning, Eve. "Nothing but Gum Trees: Textile Manufacturing in New South Wales 1788-1850." Australasian Historical Archaeology 11 (1993): 76-87.

Teunissen, Jose. "Understanding Fashion through the Museum." In Fashion and Museums: Theory and Practice, edited by Marie Riegels Melchoir and Brigitta Svensson, 33-45. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.

Thompson, E. P. The Making of the English Working Class, Ch.9, "Weavers". London: Penguin Books, 2013 (first pub. 1963): 297-346.