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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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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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We have been inventing PPE for centuries. But who gets protected?
The classic image of the French plague doctor with the beak mask has been circulating on social media. The proboscis,...
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Learning, Living & Feeling with BIG Data
Click, Click, Click, Click. Cut and paste. Jump screens. Cut and paste. Scroll. Click, Click, Cut and paste. Scroll. Deep...
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POP data – where does it come from?
"Writing is a movement of imagination. On the page we take our readers to places, often to situations where our...
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