CONFERENCE OPEN PANEL. Kat chaired an Open Panel for the 4S 2021 conference in Toronto called Un/Making a Difference: The Possibilities of Extra-ordinary Acts of Mundane Resistance in Unequal and Uncertain worlds, 6-9 Oct, 2021. Kat, Katja and Ellen all gave papers on POP research.

WORKSHOP: The POP team collaborated with COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) to run a experimental open access data project workshop, 17 June

LECTURE : Kat gave two lectures to University of Technology of Sydney Fashion & Design students. They were titled Material Acts of Resistance: Researching, Reconstructing and re-imagining lesser known political acts of citizenship, 17 May and 25 Aug.

PUBLIC LECTURE + MASTERCLASS: POP & Methods Lab co-hosted two online events by Prof. Shahidha Bari on 24 Mar. More here.

SPECIAL ISSUE LAUNCH: Kat presented a vignette on POP she has written in a special issue of Digital Culture & Society as part of the Alternative Histories in DIY Cultures and Maker Utopias, Vol 6 (1) (edited by Cindy Kohtala, Yana Boeva & Peter Troxler). 29 April.

GUEST LECTURE. Silvia gave a lecture about her PhD for the “Redressing Crime” MA seminar (with Design, Criminology and Social Justice and Media Production students) in the School of Fashion, Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

SEMINAR. Kat is talking at the Collaborative Future-Making research platform at Malmö University, 4 March 2021.

SYMPOSIUM PAPER: FACE OFF: The Provocation and Power of Face Masks and Head Coverings, Manchester Fashion Institute online symposium. Kat & Katja are giving a paper: From the Plague Proboscis to Pandemic PPE: Unmasking the inventive socio-histories of face coverings [Abstract] 13 – 14 Jan 2021.

PODCAST: Unfinished Business: The fight for women’s rights, British Library exhibition, 23 Oct – 24 Feb 2021. Kat was interviewed by BL curator Polly Russell and author/presenter Jools Walker for a podcast to accompany the exhibition. Access the podcast series here.

GUEST LECTURE: MA Fashion programme, Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University, Toronto Canada for Dr. Alison Matthews David (Author of Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present), 19 Nov 2020

KEYNOTE: Getting into Research: Critical makings, experimental wearings and alternate doings, RMIT DERC, Melbourne, Australia, 13 Mar 2020

Talks + events

CONFERENCE PAPER. Kat gave two papers at the Cultural Studies Association – Australia conference in Melbourne 1-3 Dec. The first paper was called Sewing across time: Time-travelling dialogues across 200 years of clothing patents and the other presented with Prof. Larrisa Hjorth was called The Failurists: How can we be more faithful to failure in research?

TALK. On November 30, Silvia was invited by the London College of Fashion, to give an online public talk on Shoplifting as Feminist Practice. The event was part of the No Loose Strands programme and part of Style Histories, a series of public talks hosted by the Department for Cultural and Historical Studies at LCF. It set out to amplify contemporary and historic fashion narratives from local and global geographies, and give voice to everyday styles and practices that disrupt, de-centre and challenge Eurocentric fashion histories. More about it here.

COLLABORATION. Kat joined Julien McHardy and Nahuel Cano in Utrecht, 11-13 October, to collaborate on the POP +COPIM project exploring the sounds of the archive. Along with voce artist Margo van de Linder and sewer Emma Hoette, we translated one of the patents from the POP archive into a sewing pattern and then into a musical experimental score. The collaboration was filmed and will be available early next year. More about the collaboration here.

READING + CONVERSATION. On October 13, Silvia was invited by the Shanzhai Lyric, to participate to the ‘Poetics of Theft’ event at New York’s Amant Foundation. She read a text titled ‘Shoplifter in the Machine’, which was printed alongside a poem by the Shanzhai Lyric, and distributed as a zine to the attendees. This was followed by a conversation on the themes that both texts explored. The event was organized in the framework of ‘SIREN (some poetics)’, a group exhibition “devoted to technologies of myth and mouth, earth and alarm, gender and language”.

CONFERENCE PAPER. Julien McHardy (COPIM) and Kat gave a paper at  EASST -European Association for the Social Studies of Technology in Madrid, 6-9 July. It was called ‘Data Conversations: Performing digitisation differently’ and discusses the collaboration between COPM+POP to creatively make the clothing patent data open access. More about the collaboration here.

KEYNOTE. Kat was invited to give a keynote at the 2022 Summer School Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities in Glasgow on 24 June. It was called: “How to Change the World Stitch by Stitch: Inventive clothing, speculative sewing and experiments in the archive”.

LECTURE + WORKSHOPS. Kat and Ellen were invited by ETHOS  – a critical feminist STS lab –  to travel to Copenhagen in July. Kat gave a lecture ‘Material Acts of Resistance: Researching, reconstructing, and re-imagining socio-political clothing stories‘ for the TiP – Technologies in Practice research group at the IT University of Copenhagen, 14 June. Kat ran a workshop on her Transmissions work. Then Kat & Ellen ran a workshop on the POP project on 15th June.

PANELIST. Kat was a panelist at a Practice Research in Social Design Symposium, run by the Social Design Institute at UAL. The event is held online and at Chelsea College of Arts, London, 19-20 May.

WORKSHOP. Katja & Kat gave a paper about clothing inventions to protect people from insects at the PASSIM event “Patents in the Service of War and Peace” in Norrköping, Sweden, 16–18 May. Our paper was called “The Enemy Has Many Faces: Insects, invasion and invention in war and peace”. More about it here and here.

TALK. On April 2, Silvia was invited by The Feminist Library in London, to give a talk on ‘The Shoplifters Clothes’. The event was part of the No Loose Strands programme. More about it here.


TALK and workshop participant: Intellectual Property for the Un-Disciplined, PASSIM, Linköping University, Sweden, 10-13 Sept.

CONFERENCE PAPER: Politics of Past Patents: Researching “haunted” “acts of citizenship” from 1820 to 2020, 4S – Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA, 3-7 Sept.

KEYNOTE: What can we learn from (dead) inventors? Re-imagining the past. Making the present. Designing the future. Aalto University, Design School, Helsinki, Finland, 28 Aug.

TALK and workshop participant: Interviewing the Interviewer: Understanding past inventive practice, Contested Histories, German Historical Institute and Goethe-InstituteLondon, 3-4 July

TALK and workshop participant: Creative Arts & Design Impact Network Workshop, RMIT Europe, Barcelona, Spain 13-15 June.

WORKSHOP LEAD and seminar participant: The Unfinished Pocket – Experimental sewing, The Unfinished in Architecture, Design  & Planning, Open University, London, 6 June.

SEMINAR: Politics of Patents: Researching Making and Wearing Clothing Inventions, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. 12 Feb.