Opening Talk for Woven Worlds, an exhibition on the history of collecting Batak Textiles in the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (16 February – 1 July 2006)

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Sandra Niessen - guest lectures and symposium presentations
2010 Introduction to the beauty of Batak Textiles, talk delivered to the Textile Arts Council of the De Young Museum of San Francisco, held at the Krimsa Gallery on Union Street. 9 February.
2009 Launch of Rita Bolland (1919-2006): Curator of Textiles, to Felixoord, Oosterbeek, 24 November.
2009 Legacy in cloth: Batak Textiles of Indonesia, lecture presented in Asia House, London as part of Asian Art in London 2009, 4 November.
2009 Bataktextiel, een kunsttraditie als geen andere, lecture for the Tribal Art Fair in De Duif, Amsterdam, 30 October.
2009 Textiles of Sumatra, Indonesia: Reviewing the Repertory, lecture for the Calgary Rug Group in the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 26 September.
2009 The Importance of Technique in the study of Batak Textiles, informal presentation to the Textile History Class of Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 18 September.
2009 Textiles of Sumatra, Indonesia: Reviewing the Repertory, lecture for the Seattle Textile and Rug Society (STARS), Seattle, Washington, USA, 15 September.
2009 Textiles of Sumatra, Indonesia: Reviewing the Repertory, lecture for the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society (SFBARS), Krimsa Gallery on Union Street, 14 September.
2009 Textiles of Sumatra, Indonesia: Reviewing the Repertory, lecture for the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California (TMA/SC), 12 September.
2009 Seeing Batak textiles through the eyes of the weaver, Roundtable talk for the Fowler Textiile Council, Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, 10 September.
2009 Geweven Erfgoed: Verrassende textiel van de Batak / Woven Heritage: The extraordinary textiles of the Batak, Tongtong Fair, The Hague, Netherlands. 31 May.
2009 Launch of Legacy in cloth, Batak textiles of Indonesia in the Soeterijn Theatre of the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, 15 May.
2006 Opening Talk for Woven Worlds, an exhibition on the history of collecting Batak Textiles in the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (16 February – 1 July 2006)
2005 Kleurgebruik in Stofdessins. Sunday 6 November. Lecture Series associated with the Exhibition, Global Fashion Local Tradition, Centraal Museum, Utrecht.
2001 The Campus Eco House:  A Model for Peace and Well-Being in a Global World.  Presentation to the Faculty of Medicine “International Intercultural Health Rounds” Seminar Series.  December 10, University of Alberta.
2000 Renovation as Pedagogy.  Panel Presentation for Democracy and Sustainability:  Adaptive Planning and Management.  Society for Human Ecology XIth International Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  October 18-22.  (With Nyree Sharp)
2000 Reducing Energy Consumption:  The Human Ecology Theme House as a Community Model. Panel Presentation for Democracy and Sustainability:  Adaptive Planning and Management.  Society for Human Ecology XIth International Conference, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  October 18-22
2000 Discussion host, with Dr. Lesley Cormack (History and Classics) for the UofA Festival of Ideas, on The Demise and Resurrection of Domesticity.  Steeps, Urban Teahouse, Edmonton.
2000 Translating Peace and Human Security into Daily Life Behaviours. Presentation on the Human Ecology Theme House to International Week.
1999 Invited Speaker: Indigenous Knowledge and Plants.   Building on Biodiversity Workshop.  Edmonton, AB.  November 19 – 21.
1999 Discussant for the Panel: Clothing and Nationalism.   American Anthropological Association, Chicago, 17 November, 1999
1999 Introduction to the Human Ecology Theme House.  Luncheon speaker for Home Economists in Business, Edmonton.  October 28.
1999 All Roads Lead to Home.  An Introduction to the Human Ecology Theme House:  a unique experiment in sustainable living.  University of Alberta “Saturday Sampler” Talk, October 2.
1999 Natural Dyes in a Global Community. Panel Presentation  at the Tenth Society for Human Ecology meetings entitled, Living with the Land:  Interdisciplinary Research for Adaptive Decision Making, Montreal
1999 Discussant for the Panel:  Fashion, Nationalism and Identity.  Association for Asian Studies annual meeting, Boston, March 11-14.
1998 Plenary speaker: Babes in Academe:  The Earliest Roots of Feminist Materialism at the University of Alberta. The Concrete Matters:  An Interdisciplinary Conference on Feminist Materialism, University of Alberta,  5- 7 March
1997 Discussant for: Transforming Crafts in S.E. Asia. Asian Studies Association, Chicago, 13-16 March.
1996 The Sceptics’ Journey. International Week Presentation, University of Alberta, February.
1996 Art and the Artifact in the Museum of Anthropology, UBC and Material Culture at the University of Alberta. American Studies Association, Kansas City, 31 October – 3 November.
1996 Competing with Mechanical Looms: Indonesian Backstrap Weavers in a Global Economy. American Anthropological Association Meeting, San Francisco 20-24 November.
1996 The Trade of Indigenous Textiles from Thailand and Indonesia: How Green is it? International Textile and Apparel Association Workshop: Marketing Soft Goods to the World: Challenges and Opportunities.
1996 Competing with Mechanical Looms: Indonesian Backstrap Weavers in a Global Economy. International Federation of Home Economics, Bangkok, 21-26 July.
1995 The Believers’ Journey. International Week Presentation, University of Alberta, January.
1995 The Marketing of Craft for a panel on The Marketing of Craft. 5th International Conference on Marketing and Development. 22-25 June (S. Niessen organized the panel).
1995 Craft and Agroforestry in Thailand. Guest Lecture presented at Maejo University, Chieng Mai, Thailand. July.
1995 150 Years of Change in Batak Textiles. Guest Lecture at the invitation of Bona ni Pinasa, Batak magazine in Jakarta.
1995 Traditional Eastern Indonesian Textiles in 1995 for a panel on Indonesian Images: Textiles and Clothing as Material Culture. International Textile and Apparel Association. Images ’95. Pasadena. 16-21 October.
1994 Poverty and the Environment. International Week Presentation, University of Alberta, January.
1994 Impacts of the International Market on Eastern Indonesian Handloom Production. Canadian Asian Studies Association, Calgary, June.
1993 Fashion and Feminism. Public Talk of the Women’s Program, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, November 18.
1993 The Gestural and the Textual in the Language of the Loom. Canadiana Council for South East Asian Studies. Textile Symposium, Toronto, July.
1993 Compound Heddles and Twill in the Batak Area of North Sumatra, Indonesia: Variation on Southeast Asian Weave Technical Themes. Ars Textrina Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, June.
1993 The Politics of Representing the Ainu in Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology. Material Culture Symposium, Santa Fe, April.
1992 Batak Cloth and Clothing. National Museum of Ethnology, Japan, November.
1992 Batak Cloth and Clothing. Tokyo International University, Japan, December.
1991 Photoelicitation. Glenbow Museum, Calgary. Part of the Speaker Program for the From Site to Sight, travelling exhibit.
1991 Changes in 19th Century Batak Textiles. For History Session of the Indonesian Textiles conference, Basel, Switzerland, August 26-30.
1991 Interpreting Weaving Techniques. In Technology and Cognition Session at the annual meeting of the Canadian Anthropology Society, April. London, Ontario. (S. Niessen organized the panel.)
1991 From Artifact to Art: Political Dimensions. University of Calgary Anthropology Colloquium, March 1.
1990 Toba Batak Textile Invention. In Panel on Traditional Textiles in the Tourist Trade - Textiles in Trade biennial Symposium, The Textile Society of America. Washington, D.C. 14-16.
1990 Indonesian Textiles from Artifact to Art. Centre for International Studies Semi-Annual South East Asia Art Seminar, Simon Fraser University, B.C., November 8.
1990 From Artifact to Art: Political Dimensions in It’s a Material World. University of Alberta Interdisciplinary Material Culture Lecture Series, October 18. (S. Niessen organized the series.)
1990 Batak Textile Invention. Edmonton Weaver’s Guild, October 17.
1990 Meandering Through Batak Textiles. Ars Textrina 8th Annual Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, June 22-24.
1990 Batak Textile Invention. Canadian Anthropological Society, Calgary, Alberta, May 2-6.
1989 There is more to Photoliteracy than Meets the Eye. American Anthropological Association Panel Presentation: Photograph Elicitation for the Purpose of Object Documentation, Washington, D.C., November 17. (S. Niessen organized the panel.)
1989 The Economic Role of Weavers in Development.  The Second Annual Feminist Research Forum, Edmonton, Alberta, October 26, 27.
1989 Batak Costume in the Early 19th Century for a symposium on Ethnic Dress sponsored by the Costume Society of America, Denver, CO, May 3-7.
1988 A Description of Batak Textile Research. Presented to the Killam Trustees and Delegates at the 1988 University of Alberta Killam Conference.
1988

Cognitive Cloths: The Indigenous Classification of Batak Textiles.  Presented to the First Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Minneapolis, September 15-18.  It was also presented as a Brown Bag Lunch lecture at the University of Alberta Anthropology Department.

1987

Warp as Lifecycle. Museum of Anthropology Enrichment Lecture, Vancouver.

1986 Centres of Weaving in the Batak Region of North Sumatra and Researching in the Indigenous Classification System of Batak Textiles: A Case Study. Universitas HKBP Nommensen, Medan, Indonesia.
1984 The Historical Circumstances Surrounding the Acquisition of 1000 Batak Textiles in 12 European Museums, in the Symposium: Indonesian Textiles – Summings Up, Findings, and Problems. Rautenstrauch-Joest Ethnographic Museum, Cologne.
1983 The Toba-Batak Ulos may be both “textiles” and “rice land”. Lecture for the South Holland Weavers Association, Delft, The Netherlands.
1982 Toba Batak Kinship from the Leiden Perspective. University of Toronto, Anthropology Department Brown Bag Series.
1981 Opening of the Exhibition: Batak Motiefs.  Museum Gerardus van der Leeuw, Gronginen, The Netherlands.

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