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2017 Veronika Gervers Lecture: Fashioning Things with Burnham: An Exploration

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2017 Veronika Gervers Lecture
Fashioning Things with Burnham: An Exploration 

Speaker:  Dr. Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability, Parsons School of Design

This program is presented by the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship. The Research Fellowship is supported by a memorial fund established in 1979 to commemorate the noted ROM curator and textile scholar, Veronika Gervers, to promote scholarly research that incorporates the ROM’s textile and costume collections. The Fellowship is open to Ph.D. candidates and international scholars whose research can make direct use of, or support, any part of the Museum’s collections. Successful Gervers candidates are selected by a committee of both museum and university scholars. Senior Curator Dr. Alexandra Palmer, of the ROM’s Textiles & Costume department, and herself a former Gervers Fellow, chairs the committee.

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Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham
An International Conference at the Royal Ontario Museum
November 9 - 11, 2017

During Canada’s 2017 Sesquicentennial celebrations, the Royal Ontario Museum will host an international conference to explore the material culture of textiles through the work and legacies of Dorothy K. Burnham (1911-2004), internationally renowned textile scholar and member of the Order of Canada (1985). Burnham was in the vanguard of the generation of early 20th century curators who made textiles and costume a field of valid scholarly research by finding out how and why objects are made in particular ways, what they meant when produced and what they mean to us today.

This international conference will examine the contemporary trajectories that stem from Dorothy K. Burnham’s legacies by bringing together an international group of academics, artists and maker communities directly or indirectly influenced by her work. It will be of interest to those working from many scholarly disciplines and practices including anthropology, sociology, history, economics aesthetics, museology, weaving, spinning and fibre art. Together, we will explore the current diversity of interdisciplinary methods used to study the technologies, economics, meanings and cultural imbued in global textiles and clothing, and in the process acknowledge and assess Burnham’s many contributions.

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Date & Time

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:45 - 6:45 pm, Reception to follow with cash bar


Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B

Doors Open: 4:30 pm
Lecture: 5:45 - 6:45 pm
Reception to follow lecture with cash bar.

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