The Political Studies Association (PSA) honoured ‘Threads, War and Conflict’ in its 2019-20 Academic Prizes. The team was awarded the ‘Innovations in Teaching Politics (Group) Award’ for their innovative pedagogical approach of “introducing engagement with textiles in the teaching of politics and international relations” which “challenges both established pedagogies and ways of understanding the discipline.” Due to Covid-19, the prizegiving took place virtually on 8 April on Twitter.
Dr Laura Mills was also awarded a 2020 ‘McCall MacBain Foundation Teaching Excellence Award’ where part of the funding from the Award has been dedicated to professional backing of the collective textile produced during the ‘Letters to Arpilleristas’ workshops. This will ensure this collaborative and innovative creation with students will join the Conflict Textiles archive.
The exhibition was hosted and generously supported by the University of St Andrews School of International Relations in cooperation with The Byre Theatre.
The associated events programme received generous support from the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), International Security Studies (ISS), Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS), International Political Theory (IPT), Centre for Global Constitutionalism (CGC) and the Teaching Enhancement Fund, University of St Andrews.