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Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture - “Guerillas in the Knit: Guerilla Knitters, Yarn Bombing, and Craftivism in Contemporary North America”

Marybeth Stalp, associate professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and Therèsa M. Winge, assistant professor of apparel and textile design, Michigan State University, will present “Guerilla Knitters, Yarn Bombing, and Craftivism in Contemporary North America”

Sending knitted uteri to the US Congress. Angering the US Olympic committee. Vandalizing public spaces. Twisting everyday objects into subversive ones. What do all of these things have in common? Crafters! That’s right, knitting and crocheting have been making a youthful and public comeback since the 1990s, through the work of guerilla knitters, yarn bombers and craftivists. In 2004, we began following this seemingly innocuous phenomenon--handcrafting, and will share in this presentation our research experiences with craftivists, including local and global examples.

Performance of Eve Ensler's "Necessary Targets"

"Necessary Targets" is a play set in the aftermath of the Bosnian conflict. In the play, two American women, a therapist and a writer, visit a Bosnian refugee camp to help women survivors cope with the trauma of sexual violence and genocide. The play raises questions about the ownership of these stories as well as the ethics of telling and documenting them. A brief discussion will follow the reading. The play contains descriptions of violence and sexual assualt. This material may be triggering to some people. Be advised that some material is inappropriate for children. 

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