CFP: Art, Science and Industry: Historic Costume Collections in the 21st Century

Call for Papers: Art, Science and Industry: Historic Costume Collections in the 21st Century

Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, Philadelphia

Abstracts due: May 15, 2015
Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2015
Symposium held: November 13-14, 2015

In conjunction with the exhibition Immortal Beauty: Highlights from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel Universiy will host a symposium on the role of Historic Costume Collections in the 21st Century. Is fashion truly art, or should it be considered material culture? Where does it fit in the context of academic study? How can technology assist in both preservation and accessibility for items of dress? Is the physical object still relevant in the age of social media? All of these questions and many others will be addressed.

Proposed abstracts should be 250 words or less in Times New Roman on one page formatted according the Chicago Manual of Style. All abstracts should be submitted digitally via email to fhcc@drexel.edu with the subject line: ASI Symposium Abstract.

Suggested topics for papers include:

– collection practices

– conservation methods

– social media

– digitization

– education & training

– modernity & relevancy

All questions and inquiries can be directed via email fhcc@drexel.edu or by phone (215) 895-3504. For more information about the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection visit the FHCC website.

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