Call for Papers extended until August 20!


Silk has been fascinating humans for a long time, and it continues to dazzle and delight with its many aspects. Silk was an important trade good and a way to display wealth, but finds such as the many silk-embroidered shoes from Bergen in Norway hint that it might have been available to a larger part of the population than is sometimes supposed.

In the European Textile Forum 2017, we would like to explore silk and its use, from the reeling process through dyeing and the complex weaves often associated with silks; from the high-class, high-price products such as brocades to more affordable silk as decoration, be it small strips of fabric or sparse embroidered lines that still add some splendour to an object.

These and other aspects of silk and silk manufacture will be our focus topic. The European Textile Forum 2017 will take place at the Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology in Mayen, Germany, from November 6 to November 12. The Laboratory for Experimental Archaeology is the experimental archaeology research center of the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM).

The European Textile Forum is emphasising details related to manufacture and crafts, with a unique combination of theoretical and practical work. Keeping in this spirit, we invite you to submit your proposal for a lecture or presentation (about 20-40 minutes) followed by discussion and practical research regarding the textile techniques or problems presented in the lectures. The practical part can be in form of a workshop, a demonstration, or something like a "hands-on round table"; it can focus more on sharing your knowledge about a specific technique or about trying to find an answer to a question you have regarding the technical aspects of your object. This combination of theoretical background and practice has proven very fruitful in the previous years. Evenings are reserved for socialising and for more work on projects or questions.

As always, while papers or posters about our focus topic are especially welcome, if you have another topic outside this focus that you would like to present, please do submit your proposal. The same applies if you would like to offer a poster presentation or a workshop/demonstration only. For any questions, feel free to contact us directly.

With this Call for Papers, registration for the Textile Forum 2017 is now also open. Please be advised that there are very limited accommodation possibilities at the site. Due to the space available at the Experimental Archaeology Lab, we can accommodate about a dozen to fourteen participants on site only, and the conference will accomodate only a few more participants than that altogether. Due to these restrictions, we may have to consider registrations with a presentation before those without.

The RGZM is graciously supporting the European Textile Forum by granting us use of the simple, mixed on-site dorms. If you prefer a room in a hotel or pension, you can of course book your own accommodation in Mayen; some more information can be found on the Travel and Accommodation page.
Full board consists of breakfast, lunch and dinner; water to drink as well as tea and coffee will be available at all times. All meals will be served in the Laboratory. The conference fee, including the sleeping possibility in the on-site dorm and full board during the week, is 325 Euro per person.

To register for the Forum with or without a poster or paper presentation, please submit your current area of research or interest as well as the title and abstract of your presentation, if applicable, by using this registration form. If you would like to give a paper longer than 40 minutes, please let us know about that and we will try to make it possible.

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We are looking forward to a wonderful conference with you!