Call for Papers: Fashion Conference in Oxford

1st Global Conference
Fashion – Exploring Critical Issues

(Note-sort of odd they call it the 1st conference on the subject but ok–read on….sounds pretty good)

Friday 25th September – Sunday 27th September 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford

Call for Papers
Fashion is a statement, a stylised form of expression which displays and begins to define a person, a place, a class, a time, a religion, a culture, and even a nation. This
inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary conference seeks to explore the historical, social, cultural, psychological and artistic phenomenon of fashion. Fashion lies at the very heart of persons, their sense of identity and the communities in which they live. Individuals emerge as icons of beauty and style; cities are identified as centres of fashion. The project will assess the history and meanings of fashion, evaluate its expressions in politics, music, film, media and consumer culture; determine its effect on gender, sexuality, class, race, age and identity; and explore future directions and trends.

Papers, presentations, workshops are invited on
issues related to any of the following themes:

1. Understanding Fashion

2. Philosophies of Fashion

3. Cultures of Fashion

4. Fashion and Identity

5. Fashion and Representation

6. The Future of Fashion

Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged.

The 2009 meeting of Fashion – Exploring Critical Issues will run alongside our project on Multiculturalism and we anticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers considering the problems or addressing issues of Fashion and Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging.

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday, April 17, 2009. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 7th August 2009.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d)
title of abstract, e) body of abstract
E-mails should be entitled: Fashion Abstract

Organising Chairs
Jacque Lynn Foltyn
Chair, Dept of Social Sciences, College of Letters
and Sciences,
National University, CA, USA

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader,
Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland,
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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