Conference: Fashion Studies Today: History, Theory and Practice

Fashion Studies Today: History, Theory and Practice
An International and Multidisciplinary Conference
May 4 and 5, 2012

Fashion is an economic force, a culture industry and a powerful way to convey identity, politics, status, and personality. A thorough study of the history of fashion in its symbolic, creative and coercive faces shows how it has been crucial in the construction of national identities and the remapping of the world economy – from present-day examples in China, India and Brazil to past epochs including the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

This conference will bring together practitioners of fashion, journalists, filmmakers and international scholars from a wide span of disciplines, institutions, universities, design schools and museums to investigate the growing field of fashion studies. The aim of the conference is to rethink the traditional organization of the social sciences and the humanities to include the impact of the study of fashion. Papers and discussions will draw on a wide range of approaches, from history to art, sociology, film studies, visual culture, gender studies, literature and critical theory.

Fashion Studies Today: History, Theory and Practice is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.  Please visit the conference website for more information.

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