The World of Textiles

Credit points 12 credit points
Location Monash Prato Centre, Italy
CoordinatorsAssociate Professor Peter Howard
Program typeArts semester in Prato
Application open Not offered in 2018

Program details

Textile production has been a major driver of the world economy since the industrial revolution, and continues to contribute to globalisation in complex and contested ways. This unit focuses on the history of textile production from the vantage point of the Prato campus, which is situated in the centre of textile production in Italy. The unit examines the role of textiles in the world through a number of themes and across centuries, from early silk trade caravans to the present day, focussing especially on industrialisation and imperialism, trade and cultural exchange, globalisation and localisation, and labour-related migration across the world. With its narrow focus on the material itself, and its location in one of the world centres of its production, the unit allows students to reflect on the historical and cultural ramifications of industrialisation and trade.


All students will receive a Monash Abroad Travel Grant.

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Program fee

Deposit (paid on application) TBC
Balance (paid on acceptance) TBC
Total program fee TBC

Included in program fee

  • Site entrance fees
  • Accommodation
  • Most meals
  • Travel insurance (all outgoing students will receive complementary travel insurance)

Not included in program fee

  • Spending money
  • Visa
  • international return flights and transfers*
  • Tuition fee (Monash students will be charged fees according to their verified funding status)
Please read our refund procedure carefully before applying
*Students should not book flights until after your application has been endorsed by the Faculty and the Faculty has confirmed the program will be going ahead.