CSA Southeastern Region Call for Papers



“The Many Layered Meanings of Costume”

The Southeastern Region of the Costume Society of America announces its
2008 Annual Symposium
October 31st – November 2nd
Williamsburg, VA

Hosted by:
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The College of William and Mary, and
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Symposium Highlights Include:

  • Juried paper presentations and research exhibits
  • Keynote address by Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion
  • Behind-the-scenes tours of host facilities
  • New Preserving Our Past workshops
  • New quilted clothing and object exhibition at CWF
  • Marketplace and Silent Auction
  • All Hallows’ Eve Costume Dinner and Catwalk

Call for Abstracts: The symposium title is designed to be broadly themed and attract research papers and exhibits from all areas of costume studies. Preference will be given to those abstracts which present research into the cultural significance of costume, explore the meaning of the word costume, study layered and/or quilted objects of adornment, update formerly presented research, offer important new conclusions, or raise stimulating new questions. Research papers will be given in 20-30 minute presentations; research exhibitions will be presented in a single venue for approximately 2 hours.

A submitted abstract must designate whether it is for a research paper or exhibition, is to be 575 words or less excluding bibliography, and may include up to 3 pertinent images. Abstracts for research exhibits should, in addition to discussing the research, briefly describe the exhibit format, i.e.: traditional poster, 3-dimensional objects, lap-top presentation. All abstracts are to be submitted electronically; the author’s name and contact information are to appear only in the e-mail cover letter, the abstract text is to be a Microsoft Word document attachment. All abstract are due by midnight July 30 to fburroughs@cwf.org . Submitters will be notified of the jury’s decision before August 15. For further information contact Doris Warren (dwarren@cwf.org) or Mark Hutter (mhutter@cwf.org), or call 757-229-1000 ext.2538.

Details on the CSA website

Until next time,



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