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From local knowledge to ‘local knowledge’

An Inaugural Lecture by Professor Eiluned Edwards, School of Art & Design

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Professor Eiluned Edwards' ongoing research looks at the intersection of fashion and craft in India, and recognising the importance of historical periods such as the 17th century when Indian painted and printed cottons ("chintz") drove the development of global fashions, new technologies and trade, examines the contemporary relationship between craft production and luxury fashion.

  • From: Thursday 16 May 2019, 5 pm
  • To: Thursday 16 May 2019, 7 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Main Entrance, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 16 May 2019, 12.00 pm
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The title of this lecture refers to the work of Clifford Geertz, one of the titans of cultural anthropology. In the introduction to Local Knowledge, a collection of essays published in 1983, he identifies the challenge of the discipline as ‘understanding the understanding’, that is trying to capture the meaning, significance and reason for things among groups with which one is an outsider; deciphering the semiotics.

During this lecture Professor Edwards will reflect on the influences that have shaped her local knowledge (informed by a British education and growing up largely in the context of northern European culture) and her attempts over the past two decades to acquire ‘local knowledge’ working with groups from which she is separated by geography and language as well as opportunity and aspiration. Much of this activity has taken place in India where Professor Edwards carried out sustained field research with Rabaris who are nomadic pastoralists and with people who work in the craft sector as hereditary artisans and for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as designers. In many respects, this lecture is then an apologia pro vita sua.

’Geertz, C. (1983), Local Knowledge. London: Fontana Press, p.5


Professor Edwards' work at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) embraces research and teaching across the MA programmes as well as M.Phil/PhD supervision. She is also a Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and contributes to courses at the V&A.

Read Professor Edwards' full staff profile.

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5 pm Registration and refreshments Newton building
5.30 pm Inaugural lecture Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building
6.30 pm Drinks reception Newton building
7 pm Close

Location details


Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Main Entrance


Goldsmith Street


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