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Lace End-to-End: Raw materials

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Nottingham Trent University invites you to participate in an online seminar series: ‘Lace End-to-End’. This new online seminar brings together experts in the history of lace from raw materials to circulation, from the cotton plantation to the window curtain and wedding dress. In exploring the (social, cultural, political, and economic) meanings of lace at these various stages of its lifecycle and within global networks of production and consumption, the series will highlight themes of globalisation, technology, sustainability, identity and memory.

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This session explores some of the materials used to produce lace and their place in global structures of social and economic power. Steeve Buckridge (Grand Valley State University),  discusses the role of the lagetto tree, the bark of which can be used to produce a lace-like cloth, in crafting identities amongst free and enslaved women in Jamaica, while Debin Ma (Hitotsubashi University) highlights the role of silk in global economic networks from the times of the Silk Road to the modern silk technology transfer in 19-20th century European and Asia.

Steeve Buckridge was born and raised in Jamaica. He received his BA from Barry University, MA from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. He is currently a Professor of African and Caribbean History at Grand Valley State University. His areas of research are Pre-Colonial and Colonial Africa, Caribbean slavery, Gender and Sexuality, Material Culture, Dress and Fashion History. He is a recipient of the Ford Foundation fellowship and was based at the University of the West Indies as a Ford fellow. He has published and lectured widely on Caribbean dress and African textiles, and he has travelled extensively in Africa exploring weaving techniques and studying indigenous textiles. He also lived and taught in several countries including South Africa and Ghana. His pioneering book, The Language of Dress: Resistance and Accommodation in Jamaica, 1760-1890 was published by the University of the West Indies Press in 2004. In 2014, he was awarded a Visiting Scholar in Residence Fellowship at the Center for British Art at Yale University where he used photography, paintings and other forms of visual representations to analyze dress in Victorian Jamaica. His latest book, African Lace-Bark in the Caribbean: The Construction of Race, Class and Gender was released by Bloomsbury Press in 2016. The text examines the production of lace-bark (a form of natural lace from lagetto tree bark) indigenous to the island nations of Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti. Dr. Buckridge was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholars fellowship for Namibia in 2022. His research and forthcoming book will examine the impact of the Namibian genocide on African women and the relation between dress and the traumatized body.

Debin Ma is an expert on the long-term economic growth of East Asia, especially China. His research interests include global history; the international comparison of living standards; institutions, legal traditions, and ideology; human capital and productivity; and the economic history of the silk industry. Debin Ma is currently professor of economics at the Institute of Economic Research at Hitotsubashi University in Japan, and currently holds visiting professorships at the London School of Economics and at Fudan University in Shanghai.

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All events start at 12 pm and are expected to be around an hour.

Image source: Original Format: University of British Columbia Library. Rare Books & Special Collections. World War I 1914-1918 British Press photograph collection. BC 1763.

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