SENKU-seminar med Dr Laurence Douny
Textiles as meta-communication: towards an indigenous epistemology of silk material
Merk: Denne gangen holdes seminaret på Engelsk.
Abstract: This talk explores the cultural significance of West African indigenous silk that is the main component of Marka-Dafing tuntun wrappers, which enact as a form of meta-communication in this community of the Mouhoun region of Burkina Faso. This cloth of prestige stands as a means by which Marka-Dafing women express messages woven in silk that include critiques and insults addressed to a co-wife or a husband and also act as reminders of the society’s moral values. Framed within an epistemology of materials, it highlights the properties of silk, such as its sheen or daoula, that is drawn out of cocoons through complex technical processes. It is suggested that the sheen of wild silk, a force that is inherent to the matter, not only serves to legitimate woven messages but, in the manner of an aura, confers charisma and allows women to display their social status and power.
Seminaret holdes i seminarrommet i 3. etasje, Historisk museum (Frederiksgate 2b), inngang fra baksiden av bygget. Etter seminaret blir det muligheter til å fortsette diskusjonen i mer uformelle former og til lett servering.