CFP: Dressing Global Bodies

Dressing Global Bodies: 

Clothing Cultures, Politics and Economies in Globalizing Eras, c. 1600s-1900s

July 7-9, 2016, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Co-Organized with the Pasold Research Fund, UK

The clothes on our backs are intimately connected with bodily experiences, cultural, social and gender portrayals, as well as the economies of fashioning and re-fashioning across place and time. Garments reflect the priorities of local and international economies, collective and personal inclinations, religious norms and conversions. These materialities are shaped by global flows of cloth and beads, furs, ready-made and second-hand apparel, in dynamic processes of fashion exchange. Dress is a charged cultural instrument, as evident in colonial and decolonization processes, social and political agendas, animated by cross-cultural and commercial flows, industrial and institutional innovations.

This international conference will showcase new historical research on the centrality of dress in global, colonial and post-colonial engagements, emphasizing entangled histories, comparative and cross-cultural analyses. This scholarship redefines national and collective communities, in the practice of fashion and the dynamics of re-fashioning and re-use, from the seventeenth through the twentieth century.

Themes could include, but are not limited to:

Cross-cultural practices and patterns of dress and / or body adornment, production and distribution of clothing (across cultures, entangled, comparative), gendered and ethnic shaping of dress and dress practice, fashion politics of dress in globalizing contexts, circulation and re-use of dress and dress idioms, design in globalized contexts, representations of clothing cultures, appropriation/acculturation of designs, materials, motifs, dress in colonial / post-colonial contexts.

  • We especially welcome themed panels, maximum three speakers.
  • We welcome individual papers as well.

Submission Requirements:

For individual speakers: a 200-word proposal and a 1 page CV

For full panels: a 200-word panel rationale, plus 200 word proposals for each panel participant along with their individual 1 page CVs.

Send all submissions to:

Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2015.

Acceptances of papers to be announced: December 1, 2015.

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