Caribbean front room installation and workshops at Lewisham Shopping Centre

This week, starting Wednesday, Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair will host a pop-up installation recreating a 1970s Caribbean front room at Lewisham Shopping Centre. A part of Black History Month celebrations, the event is intended as an exploration of how textiles travel and knowledge is recorded and preserved. Rose will also run textile workshops for crafters and makers of all abilities, while visitors will also be able to share their own textile stories in a photo booth.

You can find a full schedule for the week on the Goldsmiths website.

“Dorcas stories” talk and craft workshop with Rose Sinclair at the National Archives

Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair will hold a talk at The National Archives on Saturday, 12 November, as part of the Black British History series of talks: “Dorcas stories : archives, spaces memories and making”.

Dorcas, a woman who made garments for the poor (Bible: Acts chapter 9, versus 36-42), gave her name to countless Dorcas societies. These societies and clubs became embedded carriers of knowledge exchange and culture in textiles practice.

For women migrating from the Caribbean to Britain in the 1950s and 60s they would continue to provide a safe space to share ‘church’ and textile expertise and much more within the front room, a space where these particular textiles were produced. Rose Sinclair presents a curated talk about the hidden history of Dorcas clubs and the contribution of Caribbean women to a British textiles aesthetic through what they describe as the ‘gift’ of textiles.

This interactive talk event will be followed by a craft session with Rose, where participants will examine textiles in our collections such as the BT Design Register featuring graphic depictions related to ‘Junkanoo’ an expression of Caribbean Carnival and other African traditions.‎ The collections will act as starting points for crafting and sharing new ‘Dorcas’ aesthetics in new spaces.

Book your place

Talk event – 12:00-13:00 (FREE)
Craft workshop – 14:00-16:00 (£5 – limited places)

Goldsmiths Design’s Alex Wilkie to be discussant at “Critical Pluralism” lecture with Professor Steven D. Brown

“Critical Pluralism’: False Memories and Real Epistemic Problems
Professor Steven D. Brown (University of Leicester)

Discussant: Dr Alex Wilkie (Goldsmiths)

When: 10th November 2016 , 4.30-6.30pm

Where: Goldsmiths, University of London, Richard Hoggart Building room 144

The term ‘false memory’ has a complex history. Initially coined as political term by social actors aiming to deconstruct the idea of ‘recovered memories’, it eventually became the object of a laboratory based field of academic ‘false memory studies’. To speak of ‘false memories’ is to be drawn into an ‘ecology of practices’ (Stengers, 1995) and multiple sets of lateral comparisons (Gad & Bruun Jensen, 2016) which resist any ready synthesis or overview. In this talk I will navigate this field by exploring how procedures of verification and falsification in relation to memory become translated between different settings and practices, in particular those of the laboratory, the courtroom and the clinic. I argue that remembering itself cannot be displaced from its radical ‘setting-specificity’ (Brown & Reavey, 2015) – our memories ‘belong’ to the practices in which they are articulated and evaluated. False memory studies – along with many other applications of psychological knowledge – produce ‘Psychologically Modified Experiences’ (PMEs). This open up an ethical and epistemic debate around the responsibility of psychologists for ‘feral’ PMEs which are at large in the broader contemporary ‘experience ecology’.

This lecture is the first in the Pluralistic Variations series, organised by the Unit of Play in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths. The series will aim to explore, in a transversal and experimental form, the wide variety of modes of pluralistic thinking and practices that are resurfacing across an impressive range of fields, disciplines and experiences. Bringing together an transdisciplinary range of distinguished scholars, from social psychology and anthropology, to philosophy and theology, this lecture series will explore multiple and situated forms of thinking, doing, researching and feeling in a pluralistic world.

Correspondence from Goldsmiths Design’s Charlie Evans, Designer in Residence in Taiwan (VI)

This summer, Charlie Evans (2014 BA Design graduate, and currently a Technical Tutor in the Department) spent two months in Taipei, on a Designers in Residence program for the British Council in Taiwan. Charlie sent us regular correspondence with impressions from his experience; we’re publishing his sixth letter today.


A brief synopsis of the Maximum Knee market stall that I used this week for the first time:

The customer enters the stall and stands facing me.

I tuck a tissue in their sock or around their footwear collar to act as a foot-bib.

I gently clean their knee with soap and a silicon sponge.Read More »