Space and Bodies, Walls and String

With over forty years’ experience of textile conservation practice, higher education and research (mainly in the UK, but also in Australia, mainland Europe and South-East Asia), Dr Dinah Eastop (UCL/University of Glasgow) is interested in the interaction of the material properties and social attributes of collections. Her PhD research linked the physical nature of objects to their cultural dynamics. She is interested in the changing roles of textiles and dress, of museum and archive collections, and their effects conservation and custodial decisions.

The 2019 SHAPS Public Lecture Series will explore the theme of ‘Walls’— the walls we build to exclude and contain the Other, to control the movement of people, bodies, information, capital, ideas. Speakers will approach the theme from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, we look at the historical rise and fall of walls; we examine the wall as a metaphor for organising space and societies; we look at walls visible and invisible, physical and mental; and at the histories of movements to destroy walls, and to imagine and create alternatives to walls.

The series opens with reflections by the internationally renowned textile conservator, Dinah Eastop, on the transformative properties of different materials and media for delineating space. Dr Eastop will discuss how spaces and bodies interact, through an exploration of Haddon’s string figures: a collection of ‘cat’s cradles’ gathered in the Torres Strait by anthropologist A. C. Haddon and acquired by the British Museum in 1889.

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