Politics of Patents

POP is an ERC funded research project about the socio-histories of wearable technology inventions.

Unmasking the socio-histories of masks

Thoughts on the FACE OFF symposium

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I spy with my little eye...

How do kids clothing patents conceal surveillance as “entrainment” and “fun”?

Sporty Bodies & Wearable Tech

What can sport clothes tell us about citizenship?

The Politics of Men’s Underwear

What can we learn about power relations, identity and vulnerability through intimate materialities?

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Clothing the “perfect” mother? —

What can the history of clothing inventions reveal about the politics of caring?

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Dressing Desire

What role do clothing inventions play in shaping who and how people desire?

Can we travel through time in pockets?

Pockets hold more than stuff and hands. They hold stories....

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The Politics of Underwear: Chasing the moving nipple

How do clothing inventors conceal, reveal or otherwise deal with the nipple?

Beaches, bodies & bathing couture

Who gets to show off what & where?

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THE SHOPLIFTER’S CLOTHES

What did C19th shoplifters wear?

The “evil” that is the corset?

How did inventors make the corset bearable

Care, Surveillance & Childhood

How do children get talked about in the patent archive? In what ways do clothing inventions for children blur care & surveillance?

Policing & the Politics of Protection

Who gets protected? How do these wearable technologies shape public space? Resistance & protest? Citizenship?

The history of PPE

We have been inventing personal protection equipment for 200years. But not everyone gets protected...

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