Call for papers: Costume & Textile Association of NZ symposium

Nature Now

The Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand is calling for papers for their 2016 symposium, the theme of which is Nature Now. The symposium will take place 7-8 July 2016 at Massey University, Wellington.

Pohuehue, Muehlenbeckia complexa, Mattress Vine brooch by Areta Wilkinson, 2004. Collection of Te Papa, GH010338

The natural world has long been a source of raw materials for textiles and clothing, from dyes to fabrics. Nature has provided a rich spring of inspiration for design and driven human innovation from creative systems to form, function and decoration. Today, the impact of the textile and clothing industries on the natural world, has provoked ethical and environmental debates and a call for change in industry and consumer culture.

The CTANZ is seeking papers that explore perspectives of Nature Now, in relation to historical and contemporary costume, fashion and textiles. Presentations are to be 20 minutes in length, followed by Q&A.

Belau (skirt) by Madalina Oikang, 2000-2005, Kayangel Islands. Made from dyed pandanus and hibiscus fibre. Collection of Te Papa, FE011964/2

Please submit your abstracts of 300 words (max) and a short biography by Monday 8 February 2016 to  On the first page be sure to include your name, paper title, bio and contact email address. Please save your abstract in the following format: surname_first name.docx  Successful applicants will be notified by 29 February 2016.

Applicants are not required to be members of the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand (CTANZ).  Final papers will be eligible for inclusion in Context, a peer reviewed CTANZ bi-annual publication as well as a selection of papers for a special issue of The Journal of Asia Pacific Pop Culture (Pen State Press). Final length of papers is 3000-5000 words.

Kiwi feather muff, circa 1900. Bequest of Marjorie Hector, 1948. Collection of Te Papa, PC000107.

Registration information, an announcement of our associated exhibition call, keynote speakers, and a full programme including workshops and tours  for 2016 will be available soon at Subscribe to the CTANZ’s blog for regular updates.


Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)