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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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Speculatively sewing historic clothing patents
Interactions magazine - "Making & Breaking" section Many thanks to the editors of the July/August INTERACTIONS magazine for the invitation to write...
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Video: Public lecture by Prof. Shahidha Bari
POP and Methods Lab were very pleased to co-host a public lecture by Professor Shahidha Bari, in March 2021. Experiments...
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Cosplay & the Significance of Clothing
One of the great things about Politics of Patents is our multidisciplinary team, as each member of POP holds a...
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POP + COPIM collaboration
POP are pleased to announce a collaboration with COPIM (Community-Led Open Publishing Infrastructures for Monographs Project). It is an open access book project experimenting...
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Inventor Interviews II
We have completed 35 interviews to date with clothing inventors, hackers, makers and menders around the world. This map shows...
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Expanding POP team
The POP team is very pleased to welcome Adele Mason-Bertrand to the project as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She has...
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A grid of 8 portrait images featuring different Inventors and Models wearing a mixture of multi-coloured clothing and accessories.
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Inventor Interviews
Over the past couple of months, the POP team have been busy speaking with an incredible variety of people involved...
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Clothing design details from Unhidden
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Adaptive Clothing: What is it and Who is it For?
Adaptive Design Details by Unhidden Clothing. The fashion industry is infamously fixated on able-bodies and youth, and does not typically...
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NEW job
POP is hiring a new Postdoctoral Research Fellow CALLING ALL SEWING SOCIAL SCIENTISTS INTERESTED IN PRACTICE RESEARCH POP is hiring...
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Calling for Interviewees
In addition to undertaking archive research into 200 years of clothing inventions, POP are interviewing individuals and companies inventively engaged with...
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Lecture & Masterclass by Prof Shahidha Bari
LECTURE: CLOTHES and CONCEPTS: Methods for a new materialism  24th March, 2021, 4.30pm – 6pm GMT Online event Free. All...
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4S 2021 Conference Open Panel CFP
This year's 4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science) annual conference is going to be in Toronto (and online)...
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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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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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