Women's Work of Eye Hand and Mind

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Women's Work of Eye Hand &Mind

Spring 2021

Taught By: Gina Walker

Section: A

CRN: 8971

Credits: 3

Textiles have been the common threads that link women and their working lives around the world. This course investigates the ancient lineage of women’s authority as makers of the “stuff” of civilization. Current scholarship on women’s roles in the global textile trade allows more accurate accounts of the interactions among resources, technology, and society, and the effects on private relations. Textiles informed women’s socialization into female culture, cognitive training, and technical education. Recent translations from cuneiform letters written by “invisible” Bronze Age female weaver-managers in the 19th Century BCE document the misogyny that denied women equal status as textile “professionals” with their male contemporaries. In the several hundred years between the Greek epics and the Early Iron Age, empirical accounts of women’s authority, autonomy, and institutional power outside the home were replaced with an ideology that relegated females to the domestic sphere. Such undervaluation persists today. We trace the convergences through time and geography of women’s leadership in textiles as these paved the way for millennia of innovation, material art, and new knowledge. From Lamassï, Bronze Age weaver and businesswoman, to Ada Lovelace in the 19th Century CE, author of the first computer program based on the system of punch cards of the Jacquard loom, scholars, designers, artists, and scientists are reclaiming forgotten technologies, “lost” fabrics, unremembered individuals and groups of figures, and specifics of gender dynamics in their appropriate contexts, that alter our understanding of the human past.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:11am 12/5/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021