The second in a series of cafe events, Zoë Svendsen hosted an evening of lively discussion as part of the University of Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas, in November 2013.
Professor Dagmar Schaefer, Director of the Chinese Studies Centre at the University of Manchester, and incoming Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, presented a talk on the historical transmission of cultural practices in relation to Chinese silk technologies.
This was followed by Dr. Joe Smith, Senior Lecturer in Environment at the Open University, who talked about the history and geography of the contents of his Grandmother’s wardrobe, based on his chapter, in the Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion, which addresses geographies of care.
There was also a discussion, featuring Professor Maxine Berg, Ruth Pearson, Jennifer Davies and Shirley Magilton, which explored the broader history of global textile production and consumption from myriad points of view.
The event was a collaboration between Hot Numbers, Cambridge Junction, the Cambridge University English Faculty and METIS.