Programme 2019-2020

All events in Trinity Hall have been cancelled for Easter Term because of the Covid-19 crisis. We are holding our seminar on 1st May online. For further details, please check back for updates here and on our Moodle site.

For readings, please see our Materials page.

Easter Term
Friday 1st May
Wendy Moody (ARU)
Based in sustainability, Wendy's research investigates traditional and immersive technology-led approaches to buyer and wearer behaviour, exploring new ways to experience clothing and textiles and the relationships people have with their clothing, their senses and sense of self.  In Wendy's practice she uses drawing, textiles and digital tools, 'digital' textural repair, and the design and reconstruction of clothing, to create digital garments and textile fragments. These help her to explore and understand different virtual possibilities within experiential consumption.

Friday 15th May
Anija Dokter (Estonia Piano Factory) - this session is postponed until further notice

N.b. Readings will be available on our Moodle site. If you do not have University of Cambridge access, you can be enrolled as a friend. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Past sessions:

Lent Term 2020
Friday 24th January
Clare Daněk, University of Leeds
Clare Daněk will contextualise her stitch journal as a tool for reflection in relation to her academic work.

Friday 14th February (Lightfoot Room, St John's College)
Christian Mieves, University of Newcastle
'Dirty Practice:  “When I Am Falling, I Am Doing All Right”. The Studio and the Role of Doubt in Contemporary Painting Practice.'

Extra session in collaboration with Kettles Yard:
Friday 28th February (venue: seminar room, Kettles Yard)
Carol Mavor and Esther Teichmann

Carol Mavor, 'Magpie Daddy'
Esther Teichmann, 'On Sleeping and Drowning'

Friday 6th March
Tricia Sutton, University of Cambridge

'Bringing the Inside Outside: Bullying, Connection and Creativity'

Michaelmas Term 2019

Friday 18th October
Laura McMahon, University of Cambridge

See reading/listening on our materials page

Friday 1st November
Catherine Dormor, Royal College of Art
'Stitch as Methodology:  creative practice as scholarly endeavour'
Julia Bryan-Wilson, 2017, Fray: Art & Textile Politics. University of Chicago Press. 
Chapter 2, 'Threads of Protest' (pp109-142)

Friday 29th November
Natasha Tanna, University of Cambridge
N.b. This session is a teach-out held in the context of UCU Industrial Action
*Note change of venue* we will meet in Trinity Hall MCR

'Institutional Space: Living Creatively in Collegiate Cambridge'
(/what a live-in supervisor’s “office" looks like seconds before students arrive)
‘Introduction: Bringing Feminist Theory Home’ from Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life, 2017, Duke and London: Duke University Press, pp. 1–18

‘The Writer’s Desk’ from Les Back’s Academic Diary: Or Why Higher Education Still Matters, 2016, London: Goldsmiths Press, pp. 190–94 (n.b. very short!)

Programme 2018-2019

N.b. All past readings are available on our Moodle site. If you do not have University of Cambridge access, you can be enrolled as a friend. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Michaelmas Term 2018


Friday 12th October, 12.30pm – 2.30pm [week 2]

Trinity Hall, Bridgetower Room

Prof Kathryn Rudy, University of St Andrews
woven manuscripts
Reading: 'The Utopia of Ordinary Habit: Crafting, Creativity and Spiritual Practice' - Ann Cvetkovich, from Depression: A Public Feeling (Duke University Press, 2012), pp. 155-202.


Friday 26th October, 12.30pm – 2.30pm [week 4]

Trinity Hall, Bridgetower Room

Dr Katherine Angel, Birkbeck
Her book: Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell (extracts on Moodle)
Fabric heads by Louise Bourgeois

Plus, at 5pm: Group activity:
option to attend a film at the Cambridge Film Festival
The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić (Marta Hernaiz Pidal, Mexico/Bosnia 2018)


Friday 23rd November, 12.30pm – 2.30pm [week 8]

Trinity Hall, Leslie Stephen Room

Dr Shreepali Patel, Anglia Ruskin University
Director of StoryLab research institute

'The Crossing' (Shreepali Patel, multiscreen project on sex trafficking, 14 min.)
'Drone Filming, The Crossing' (Shreepali Patel, about the process of filming creatively with drones, 7 min.)
For more information about The Crossing project see the website here
See also: Douglas Adams Hyperland - reflecting on interactive projects

Lent Term


Friday 25th January, 12.30pm – 2.30pm [week 2]

Trinity Hall, Bridgetower Room
'On Humming and Doodling'

Prof Catherine Grant, Birkbeck - see her video essays here
Reading: 'On Humming: Reflections on Marion Milner's Contribution to Psychoanalysis' - Claire Pajaczkowska, from Art, Creativity, Living (London: Karnac Books)
You may also wish to consult: On Not Being Able to Paint - Marion Milner, 1950

 Friday 22nd February, 12.30 – 2.30pm [week 6]

Trinity Hall, Leslie Stephen Room

Prof Emma Cayley, University of Exeter
Doll makeunders - see her on BBC news
Reading: Melinda Tankard Reist, 'The Pornification of Girlhood: We Haven't Come  a Long Way, Baby', in Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls, ed. M Tankard Reist (Spinifex: Melbourne, 2009), pp. 5-39
Introduction and (if time) Ch.1 from Alcuin Blamires, The Case for Women in Medieval Culture (OUP, 1997)


Friday 8th March, 12.30 – 2.30pm [week 8]

Trinity Hall, Leslie Stephen Room

Afrodita Nikolova, University of Cambridge
Arts-based research workshop
Reading: Susan Finley and J. Gary Knowles, "Researcher as Artist/Artist as Researcher", in Qualitative Inquiry, 1:1, 1995, pp.110-142

Easter Term


Friday 3rd May, 12.30 – 2.30pm [week 2]

Trinity Hall, Leslie Stephen Room

Dr Leila Mukhida, University of Cambridge
Reading: 'In Defense of the Poor Image' - Hito Steyerl, Flux, 2009 and 'Lesbian Films Don't Make Money' - Kanchi Wichmann, Another Gaze, 2016.


Friday 17th May, 12.30 – 2.30pm [week 4]

Trinity Hall, Bridgetower Room

'The Muse's Anvil: Metalwork, Academia and Creative Inspiration'
Dr Jane Partner, University of Cambridge
Her book: Poetry and Vision in Early Modern England

digital textile artwork by Dr Louise Haywood