CFP: Exploring the aesthetics and meanings of contemporary Indian fashion: from craft to the catwalk

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 3rd-6th April 2012
Exploring the aesthetics and meanings of contemporary Indian fashion: from craft to the catwalk
Submission Deadline: December 7, 2011

The proposed panel sets as its objective to explore the realm of the relationships between the material and the social, taking as its point of departure clothing and fashion. These are the materials closest to our bodies, materials shaping our selves and reflecting the society around them at the same time as their production and consumption gives shape to the very society around them. Clothing and fashion in India is a topic of daily talk and preoccupation, it employs millions and preoccupies minds of even more, and yet anthropological explorations of Indian society through the lens of material culture and particularly clothing and fashion are still very marginal and limited (though there are notable exceptions). This panel therefore invites contributions investigating these relations further and bringing new perspectives on a range of related topics: aesthetics, hierarchy, femininity and masculinity, seduction versus modesty and respectability, tradition and modernity and so forth. This panel is also open to explorations of contemporary fashion system in India and invites papers on various crafts and their market, as well as relationships with designers and other professionals, juxtaposing vernacular with capitalist economy and addressing the relations of production and consumption and their dialectics.

Chair: Tereza Kuldova

Tereza Kuldova
Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo

To contact the Convenors and for more information please visit the conference website.

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  • Ashley December 02, 2011 09.36 pm

    Hi Sulekha,

    Please contact the conference committee directly with any inquires. Their contact information along with how to submit your abstract can be found on their website.

  • India Fashion December 06, 2011 02.18 am

    Current Fashion Trend is changing rapidly, people are anxiously looking towards Indian fashion industry because they feel more happy using modern designer’s cloths, jewelry, gifts, shoes, home decor products and fashion accessories etc. Now a days there are many great sources for the whole world to buy Indian fashion dress online without any hassle.


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