Part-time Faculty, Colonial Histories of Modern Textiles
Rhode Island School of Design
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Internal Number: 2253
Job Summary Overview:
The Department of Theory and History of Art and Design, in collaboration with the Textile Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, is looking for a part-time faculty to teach a course on the Colonial Histories of Modern Textiles in Spring 2023. We are looking for someone who can relate the changing stylistic and cultural significance of textiles with the history of colonialism and slavery, and how it impacted the art, design, and fashion in Europe and the colonies. It is important that the course does not frame colonialism and slavery as just incidental developments, but consider them as the very engine of economic, technological, and geo-political changes shaping textile design. The course should also familiarize the students with the politics of historical and cultural appropriation in contemporary practices. The course would be able to draw on the rich collection of Costume and Textiles collection at the RISD Museum, providing students an opportunity to see and learn from these materials first-hand.
Candidates who have a record of published research and teaching centered on historically under-represented cultural and material production will be prioritized.
This course will be offered every year and the faculty will have a chance to develop it in line with their expertise and the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at RISD.
Job Qualifications Required:
Demonstrated record of scholarship and published research with a focus on the colonial histories of modern textiles.
At least 1 year of teaching relevant courses at the college level.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.