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This blog documents the developing POP project and the team’s work-in-progress analysis of 200 years of global clothing patent data. We aim to share our workings and thinkings. We ask questions, show examples and share initial ideas and will point to POP events, activities and publications. We welcome comments and contributions.

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Some Thoughts on the FACE OFF Symposium
Last week, the POP team had the pleasure of attending the Face Off: The Provocations and Possibilities of Masks and Head...
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I spy with my little eye…
Surveillance is deeply embedded in our everyday life experiences. ‘Thanks’ to the democratization of surveillance, a plethora of tracking devices are...
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Advisory Board #1
The POP team met with our Advisory Board (AB) for our first big project review in November. Large projects often...
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Symposium: FACE OFF
The POP team are presenting a paper at the upcoming online symposium FACE OFF hosted by the Manchester Fashion Institute...
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Sporty Bodies & Wearable Tech
In our exploration of citizenship and wearable technology, sport and clothing for exercise are emerging as an important area not only because of...
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The politics of male underwear
What can we learn by researching the inventive histories of men's underwear? While the world is eagerly watching the battle...
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Clothing the “Perfect” Mother?
During and following the (first) UK lockdown in March, there has been much discussion over childcare. Specifically, debates centred around...
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Dressing Desire
What role do clothing inventions play in shaping who and how people desire? Sexuality is political. Restrictions on people’s sexuality...
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A Time-Travellers Pocket: What secrets do 200 years of pockets hold?
Can we map citizens by their pockets? Not in terms of what is IN their pockets (though this is super...
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The Politics of Underwear: Chasing the moving nipple
Following my work in the POP project on patented underwear via our regular Skype meetings, my mother called me the...
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Beaches, Bodies & Bathing Couture: Who gets to show off what & where?
Every year come springtime, lifestyle magazines, TV programs and online features dish out advice on ‘how to get beach body...
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The Shoplifter’s Clothes: Technologies for a Feminist Practice
Silvia is a PhD candidate aligned with the POP team. In this, her first blog post, she introduces her independent...
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The ‘evil’ that is the corset
For those of us privileged and lucky enough to be working from home (WFH) in the last couple of months...
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Care, surveillance & the monitoring of childhood
"Naughty, romping girls and boys tear their clothes and make a noise…" - Hoffmann’s (1845) Der Struwwelpeter As a child...
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Policing & the Politics of Protection
As hundreds of thousands of protesters around the world have joined the rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement...
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