CFP: Fashion, Performance, and Performativity

Academic Session 12: Fashion, Performance, and Performativity

Convened at the Association of Art Historians 2017 Conference

When: 6-8 April, 2017

Where: Loughbourgh University, UK

Submission Guidelines: Please email your paper proposals straight  to the session convenor(s) — Andrea Kollnitz, Stockholm University, and Marco Pecorari, Parsons The New School, Paris. Provide a title and abstract for a 25 minute paper (max 250 words). Include your name, affiliation and email. Your paper title should be concise and accurately reflect what the paper is about (it should ‘say what it does on the tin’) because the title is what appears most first and foremost online, in social media and in the printed programme.  You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks. Do not send proposals to the Conference Administrator or the Conference Convenor.

Deadline for Paper Proposals: 7 November 2016

Since their beginnings, art and fashion have continuously met in the area of the performative – from the fashioning of identities in portraiture to artistic inspiration for fashion, fashion shows and exhibitions. Recent developments have seen an increasing interaction of art and fashion in different kinds of performative spaces, from art performances using and negotiating fashion such as Marina Abramovic’s, to avant-gardist fashion shows and performances, such as fashion curator Olivier Saillard’s collaborations with Tilda Swinton. Boundaries between art and fashion are challenged and transgressed on many different arenas of performance. How can we rethink relations between performance and performativity through looking at current phenomena in the art and fashion world and their genre-transgressing approaches? And how can concepts of art and fashion be reconsidered through looking at different kinds of performances?

This panel wants to explore the diverse relationships between fashion, performance and performativity more closely. As well as focusing on different cases of contemporary art and fashion performances and reflecting on the concept of performance in diverse contexts, it will also concentrate on notions of performativity connected to a multitude of practices emerging in fashion. The panel thus invite papers on topics such as the staging of identities and gender in art and through fashion; performance and performativity of the body and its aesthetics in art and fashion; performances on/of fashion in shows and exhibitions; fashion practices as performance; the performativity of art- and fashion-related objects and media; innovative theoretical reflections on the inter-disciplinary aspects of performance and performativity in art history and fashion studies.

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