CFP: Fashion and the Body

Fashion and the Body

April 29-30, 2016

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota


As fashion is inescapably tied to the body, the 2016 symposium offers the opportunity to examine the complexities of this inexorable relationship. As we fashion our bodies and our appearances through-out life, so we communicate our adherence to cultural norms and societal expectations for body shape and size. Thus, the body can be viewed as the result of fashion. It is not only body supplements (e.g., clothing, accessories) that are the focus of scholarly attention but also countless modifications and body alterations (e.g., tattooing, piercings) that are practiced and imbued with meaning. Questions addressed can include how modifications are done in addition to why, when, where, and with what purposes. Additional questions include presentations of the body and how they are used to market and sell along with the importance of body image and satisfaction to daily behaviors.

The symposium has an inclusive definition of the term “fashion”. While fashion is often understood to center on apparel choices, fashion can be recognized as the current style or way of behaving in any field. Thus, proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies among others to examine interconnections and intersections between fashion and gender.

Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, and design presentations by academics, researchers, graduate students, undergraduates, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and the body.

Symposium Participation:

You are invited to participate in this symposium by submitting a written abstract detailing research, an abstract of innovative teaching strategy, a design, or a proposal for a panel of speakers addressing some aspect of fashion and the body.. The official conference language is English. All accepted abstract submissions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Symposium formats include poster sessions, design work, concurrent design/research/teaching presentations [15 – 20 minutes], and panel sessions [60 minutes]. Panel or collaborative presentations are encouraged.

Important dates:
January 8, 2016: All proposed submissions for the symposium (designs, abstracts, panels) due and received. Abstracts are in final form (there will be no opportunity for authors to make changes prior to publication in proceedings so please proof and edit carefully).
February 12, 2016: Notice of acceptance emailed to corresponding author and copyright forms sent to corresponding authors for proceedings. Online registration opens.

Click here to read the full Call for Presentations and submission guidelines.

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