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Textile Studies: questions and issues between knowledge and knowhow (TEXTILESTUDIES)
Start date: Aug 1, 2014, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"This research project explores the modern reconstruction processes of archaeological textiles and focuses on the intersection between Natural Sciences, Humanities, experimental methods and technical skilled practices. Taking an anthropological and an ethnographic approach, the project aims to highlight the topical concepts of “knowledge” and “know-how” as specific as well as complementary knowing processes and contributes to define the interdisciplinarity at work in the field of Textile Studies. The mobilization of several disciplines and methods leads to the establishment of a hybrid field of study that can be understood by taking into consideration the practices of knowledge, more than knowledge itself. How do the different methods at work, the specific research reference systems in the disciplines involved, and the knowing practices generated in the study of ancient archaeological textiles contribute to defining their objects and to creating a research field that is both unified and composite? How are the theoretical tools and technical skills available to the “experts” in all areas of Textile Studies coordinated and interconnected? Where and how is it possible to grasp their interaction, and ultimately to question it, first in its specificity and then within its broader epistemological implications? The ethnographic inquiry with the textile experts of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Textile Research CTR (University of Copenhagen and National Museum of Denmark) and on their research programs will provide a description of Textile Studies ""in the making"". The objectives of this project are on four main axes: 1) Textile Studies, 2) Science and Technology Studies, 3) History and Anthropology of Knowledge, 4) Theoretical and Experimental Archaeology."

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