CFP: Fashion and the Body

2016 Fashion and the Body Symposium

Where: University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

When: April 29-30, 2016

Submission deadline: January 8, 2016. For full call for papers and detailed submission guidelines, please visit the full symposium call for papers.

The fifth annual “Fashion And…” symposium provides opportunities to share research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and designs that explore and investigate issues related to fashion and the body. Fashion is produced by a multitude of bodies operating across a range of sites. From the people who design fashion, to those who produce it, to those who retail it, to the ultimate consumers, the fashion-body interface is everywhere and consideration of the body is on-going.

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.

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