CFP: "Trending Textiles". Passepartout - Journal of Art History no. 45

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Call for Papers
November 29, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Fine Arts, Women's & Gender History / Studies

CFP: Passepartout no. 45 - Trending Textiles


Passepartout no. 45 will be focusing on a subject, a medium, and a technology which is simultaneously ancient and of great interest at the moment: Textiles. The material's history is closely linked to the history of humanity, and archaeological finds show that the manufacture of textiles has taken place for millennia. Thus, the material and the technology associated with its production have had ample opportunity to leave their mark on human cultures. Furthermore, the manufacture of textiles is a time intensive activity which means that societies that produce textiles are also characterized by this work on many different levels. The material's ability to shape the cultures in which it was produced is, for example, clearly expressed in our language, which is rich with textile metaphors and references to textile manufacturing. A popular example of this is the word text, which has its origin in the Latin texere, meaning "to weave".


In recent years, we have seen an increasing interest in textiles within the academic world, but also within the art world. Artists have explored the potentials and character of the material in new ways, and art exhibitions with both younger and older textile works have made the material highly visible within art museums. In connection with the corona pandemic, we have similarly experienced how yarns and old textile techniques found their way into many private homes, and social media testify to a huge interest in textile crafts and home-made slow fashion across generations. Textiles are, in short, a highly topical theme within both contemporary art, and cultural and historical studies. With this themed issue, we want to investigate what is behind the material’s great popularity in contemporary society. In short, we are curious to understand what the material represents to us, what it does to us, and what it is fundamentally capable of. With the issue, we thus also hope to be able to contribute to our overall understanding of the material's unique character, and to our knowledge of how it has influenced and interacted with people in a broader perspective.


We want proposals for articles that examine textiles as material, medium and metaphor, historically and today. We are interested in contributions that deal with textile's special properties or affordances, its value in and influence on different societies, and in general how it affects and interacts with people. We invite perspectives from within gender studies, philosophy of technology, and new materialism, but we are also interested in other perspectives. Lastly, we are interested in proposals that treat the current popularity of the textile medium within contemporary art.


Contributors are to submit an abstract prior to submitting a full articles. Articles (and abstracts) can be submitted in English, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish. The deadline for the abstract submissions is Nov. 28, 2022. Abstracts should be no longer than 400 words. After the initial review, full articles for the selected abstracts should be submitted by July 30, 2023.


Please send abstracts to the editors Ane Preisler Skovgaard, Carina Hundsdahl, Ingrid Lunnan Nødseth, and Natascha Beringer at

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Editors: Ane Preisler Skovgaard, Carina Hundsdahl, Ingrid Lunnan Nødseth og Natascha Beringer.

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