Conférence de Lise Bender Jørgensen (University of Trondheim)

Lise Bender Jørgensen, directrice d'études invitée à l'EHESS, professeur d’archéologie à la Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), donnera, dans le cadre du séminaire de Cecilia D'Ercole (EHESS), une conférence intitulée :

"Spinning Faith"

Jeudi 9 janvier 2014

de 9h à 11h
Salle 1, EHESS, 105 Boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

Why was yarn always twisted "s" in Roman Egypt, while that in Italy and most other European parts of the Roman world were twisted "z"? The seminar gives an overview of textiles in the Classical World, and discusses the labour and learning of textile making, i e. time consumption, who engaged in it, skilled and unskilled work, division of labour and transmission of crafts knowledge. Further issues are notions of faith behind the seemingly simple processes of spinning and weaving. Examples are drawn from Greece, the Roman World and Prehistoric Europe using ethnographic studies of textile work for analogies.