Current interests include the anthropology of materials, including innovation, mobility and routes to market, with a specific focus on developments in textiles and textile technologies in Germany and South Asia. This study will contribute to the research platform 'Textile Imagination: Innovation and Perception'.
Ongoing research includes the anthropology of
waste and materials, with a focus on the global economy of post-consumer
clothing and textile waste; indigenous and industrial recycling
craftsmanship, upcycling and sustainable design; and cultural heritage.
My regional focus has been in India, including extended periods of ethnographic research in Delhi, north India and Kerala.
The Worn Clothing website features my research on global secondhand clothing economies, and provides more information about publications, exhibitions, photography and film projects that have arisen from my various projects.
This exhibition was installed at the Bargehouse, South Bank, London, over a weekend in January 2012, and featured collaborative projects between artists and academics working on the ESRC funded Waste of the World project. Largely based on my research in north India and research on shipbreaking in Bangladesh and the UK, it included large format photographs by Tim Mitchell and the premiere of Meghna Gupta's film Unravel (see below).
Meghna Gupta's film Unravel features the textile recycling industry in north which I have been researching over many years. Meghna worked as a research assistant during my fieldwork in Panipat, and went on to make this award-winning short documentary, now available for hire or sale from the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Norris, L. 2010. Recycling Indian Clothing: Global Contexts of Reuse and Value. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
This workshop was held on June 14th 2010. More information can be found here.
India Recycled: a photographic exhibition
Photographs by Tim Mitchell, a freelance photographer, documenting the recycling of cloth in Delhi were displayed at the Horniman Museum, London, from May 2008 to January 2009. Images include both the recycling of saris and everyday Indian clothing, and the industrial recycling of imported Western clothing. A selection of these photos can be found at this Guardian Online gallery.
This research was funded by a British Academy Small Research Grant.
Completed Research Projects:
As part of this collaborative ESRC-funded programme, I conducted research into various aspects of the global trade in textile manufacture and waste. This involved extensive fieldwork in both north and south India.
The project investigated two related topics:
Previous post-doctoral research
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