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01 March 2021
Textiles and Trauma
Textiles have been used in traditional ways to express the concerns of the present, from both personal and political perspectives. In the current climate, we are witnessing a time of personal and political trauma, some played out in the public eye, some private and unseen. This special issue of Textile will examine how textiles have been used to mark, record and demonstrate different states of trauma across the world, not only during the recent pandemic but in conflict situations in many countries through the ages. Textiles have been used to highlight the traumatic situation of groups of people, support those who live in poverty as well as providing a means to provoke discussion, challenge attitudes and confront injustices.
The editors of this special issue are interested to receive abstracts that consider the use of textiles as witness, recorder, colluder, disguiser, revealer, and healer of conflict and trauma. This could include but not limited to:
- the psychological importance of garments
- the use of textiles in activism and subversion
- the use of textiles to highlight concerns of the present - both public and private
- the use of textiles as instruments of violence (eg gags, bindings and blindfolds)
- the use of textiles as protest in areas of conflict
- the use of textiles to promote resolution in areas of conflict
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