CFP: Costumes as Performance and Activism

Costumes as Performance and Activism
Costume Society of America – Midwest Region
Annual Symposium and Meeting
Friday and Saturday October 14 and 15, 2011
Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa

Topics for scholarly papers and creative work include, but are not limited to:

Proposals for 20-minute presentations of studies reflecting interdisciplinary approaches to costume and textile topics, worldwide regional dress, costumes and activism, art wear, costumes for performance, costumes in museums.  Original designs related to these themes are welcomed.

The Symposium includes scholarly papers, original design showcase and events to include:

* Carne Viva: Pieces of Our Lives in Postville – Activist interpreter’s theatre about Guatemalan weavers from Postville, Iowa
* Talking Textiles – UNI Museum Exhibit
* International Dance Theatre performance
* Iowa Heritage Costume Invitational – Hearst Center for the Arts
* Focus on Fibers: Selections from the Textile Center, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Curator – UNI Gallery of Art Showcases
* Cedar Falls Main Street – The National Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded Cedar Falls the Great American Main Street Award. The restored Black Hawk Hotel on Main Street will be the conference hotel. Conference welcomed by Cedar Falls cultural, restaurant, and retail establishments.

Abstracts must be received via email no later than 1 April, 2011.  Please send abstracts/proposals to Dr. Annette Lynch  annette.lynch@uni.edu.

For more information about the symposium contact Dr. Carol Colburn, carol.colburn@uni.edu.

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