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Hemp : from fiel to tread

Le chanvre : du champ au fil

Practices, know-how and movements from Protohistory to the 21st century

Pratiques, savoirs et circulations de la Protohistoire au XXIe siècle

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Published on Monday, March 23, 2020 by Anastasia Giardinelli

Summary

Numerous hemp kilns abandoned in the countryside, particularly in western France, remind us of the importance of hemp canvas production during modern and contemporary times. Today, our society is re-discovering this plant which appears to be of interest to make agriculture more environment-friendly. Despite this glorious economic past, the history of hemp as a textile crop has yet to be written. To remedy this limitation, an interdisciplinary approach try to write the intertwined history of men and hemp.

Announcement

Le Mans University, November 25th-27th 2020

Argument

Numerous hemp kilns abandoned in the countryside, particularly in western France, remind us of the importance of hemp canvas production during modern and contemporary times. Today, our society is re-discovering this plant which appears to be of interest to make agriculture more environment-friendly. Despite this glorious economic past, the history of hemp as a textile crop has yet to be written. Neither in written sources nor in archaeological sources does hemp weigh the true weight it had in the economy of ancient societies. This is due to (i) the relative scarcity of wet archaeological sites that guarantee the good conservation of organic remains, and (ii) the paucity of developments on these issues in the scholarly literature and in diplomatic and administrative registers up to the end of the medieval period. To remedy this limitation, an interdisciplinary approach between Humanities and biological sciences is necessary to cross historical, archaeological, ethnological and bioarchaeological tools and data and to write the intertwined history of men and hemp.

The conference planned in Le Mans university aims to strengthen the synergies among the many disciplines that aim to investigate textile hemp through its production upstream of the final canvas diachronically over the Protohistory - XXIst century period. This event is an opportunity to take stock of the current state of the scientific knowledge and methodologies used to characterize the presence of this plant and the way it is exploited.

Three sessions will be organized on the following themes:

  1. Hem cultivation: fields, locations, techniques, myths and folklore associated with it
  2. Plant processing and waste treatment (processing line, retting, drying, scutching, transformation, waste disposal)
  3. Movement of goods and knowledge (movement of seeds, fibers, thread, waste, knowledge, local and international trade).

Submission guidelines

The abstract for an oral presentation or for a poster, comprising a maximum of 3000 signs, must be sent to the following address: chanvre@sciencesconf.org

before May 30th, 2020.

Proposers will receive an answer by June 30th, 2020 at the latest.

Organizing committee

  • Delphine Barbier-Pain (INRAP-CReAAH)
  • Aline Durand (Université du Mans-CReAAH)
  • Sophie Laligant (Université de Tours-CITERES)
  • Aurélie Reinbold (Docteur université de Rennes II)

Informations (programm, registration...)

https://www.sciencesconf.org/browse/conference/?confid=10209

Places

  • Université du Mans avenue Olivier Messiaen 72 085 Le Mans
    Le Mans, France (72)

Date(s)

  • Saturday, May 30, 2020

Keywords

  • CHANVRE TEXTILE ; HISTOIRE ; ARCHEOLOGIE ; BIOARCHEOLOGIE ; ETHNOLOGIE ; GEOGRAPHIE

Contact(s)

  • ALINE DURAND
    courriel : aline [dot] durand [at] univ-lemans [dot] fr
  • AURELIE REINBOLD
    courriel : aurelie [dot] reinbold [at] gmail [dot] com
  • DELPHINE BARBIER-PAIN
    courriel : delphine [dot] barbier-pain [at] inrap [dot] fr
  • SOPHIE LALIGANT
    courriel : sophie [dot] laligant [at] univ-tours [dot] fr

Information source

  • ALINE DURAND
    courriel : aline [dot] durand [at] univ-lemans [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Hemp : from fiel to tread », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, March 23, 2020, https://calenda.org/764306

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