Dynamics and Organisation of Textile Production in Past Societies in Europe and the Mediterranean
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 to Thursday, June 22, 2017



CFP Deadline: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Textile production with its complex technology and high socio-cultural significance has been a key craft in past societies in Europe and the Mediterranean. However, despite its complexities and social and

economic importance textile manufacture has been often considered a household-scale production performed and maintained predominantly by women.

The present conference aims to examine the dynamics and organisation of textile production, through investigating the combined evidence of archaeological textiles, textile tools and equipment, archaeological

remains of textile workshops and dye-works, and written and iconographic sources. The conference will focus on Europe and the Mediterranean from the late Neolithic to Iron Age and early historical periods.

We particularly welcome papers discussing various aspects of the dynamics and organisation of textile production, such as:

  • modes of production: individual, household manufacture and organised industry;
  • scale of textile production and consumption of fabrics;
  • degree of the elite’s participation in textile production and the level of their control of textile technology (resources, techniques and skills, workers) and distribution of textiles;
  • advancements of textile techniques, transfer of skills and knowledge, systems of the apprenticeship;
  • gendered division of labour in textile craft;
  • experimental approaches to investigating organisation of production and its specialisation.


We invite submission of paper titles and abstracts (ca. 250 words) by January 31, 2017. 


The presentations must not exceed 20 minutes.

The provisional programme of the Conference will be announced by February 15, 2017 and followed by the First Circular.


Conference fee:

The conference fee is 60 Euro for scholars and researchers, and 35 Euro for students and PhD students.

Please note that the organisers do not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

Contact Information
Dr. Agata Ulanowska


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