Emma Dick MA (Oxon) MDes PGCHE joined Middlesex University as a fractional member of staff in September 2011 and became a full-time member of staff in September 2013. Prior to this, Emma was an Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historial Studies at London College of Fashion (2010-2013); Lecturer-in-Charge of Cultural and Contextual Studies of Fashion and Head of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore (2007-2010); Visiting Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art (2005-2006); Curatorial Assistant and Project Manager of Beattie Carpet Archive, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (2000-2003).
Learning & Teaching Interests
The Production of Fashion; Ethics and Globalisation; Orientalism; the integration of research methods, theory and practice in the study and fashion and textiles. Emma has worked closely with colleagues in Visual Culture, the Learner Development Unit, the Sheppard Library and MoDA to initiate a series of object-oriented research exercises in the undergraduate teaching curriculum. The project 'A Museum of Fashion: Writing about Fashion Through Archive Collections'was presented at the HEA-funded workshop at Middlesex University in June 2013, 'Writing in Creative Practice workshop: Writing and the Object.'
Research Outputs & Interests
Emma is interested in the intersection of culture and capital in developing economies and how the production of artisanal textile products is related to the souvenir industry, cultural tourism, non-governmental organisations and the development of mass production industries surrounding 'ethical' and mainstream fashion.
Emma travels frequently in Central Asia and has worked on the development of a Tailoring curriculum for the government of Bhutan, which will appear in a forthcoming chapter in a book 'Modern Fashion Traditions: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity Through Fashion', to be published by Bloomsbury in 2014.
In November 2013, Emma presented a paper on her work on Uzbekistan and chaired the panel on the 'Politics of Fashion' at the Second Non-Western Fashion Conference at London College of Fashion, which can be accessed online at:http://process.arts.ac.uk/forum/2661
Dick, Emma (2014) Questions of agency and the artisan within Uzbekistan. In: 3rd International (Non)Western Fashion Conference The Global Politics of Fashion, 22-23 November 2014, University of Hong Kong.
Funded Research & Knowledge Exchange Projects
Engagement & Impact
Emma is a founding member of and Consultant in charge of Projects and Research for SPINNA Circle UK, a non-profit organisation empowering women in fashion and textiles globally. www.spinna.org