CFP: ‘Scandi Style’: Exploring Scandinavian Fashion Photography in a Global Context

‘Scandi Style’: Exploring Scandinavian Fashion Photography in a Global Context

When: 9th December 2016

Where: University of Westminster, London, UK

Submission Guidelines: The conference invites contributions for short (15-minute) presentations on subjects related to the conference theme. The conference welcomes submissions from scholars, curators, writers, researchers and others working with Scandinavian fashion photography in a range of contexts such as museums, galleries, and archives, magazines, design companies, and educational institutions. Please send proposals of approximately 300 words to Anna Dahlgren ( and Eugenie Shinkle ( by 30th September 2016.

The term ‘Scandi Style’ immediately brings to mind the minimalist design aesthetic that emerged in the 1930s and was later popularised by global brands like Ikea. This study day will consider the notion of Scandi style from a different angle, focusing on Scandinavian fashion photography – uncovering its hidden histories, exploring its international networks, showcasing contemporary practitioners. Is it possible to speak of a ‘Scandi style’ in fashion photography? What sorts of relationships exist, and have existed, between fashion photographers, designers, and publications, both within the region, and internationally? What are the benefits and drawbacks of seeking to describe national and regional photo histories? These, and other questions, will be considered.

For the purposes of the study day, the conference understand Scandinavia as encompassing Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, as well as Finland and Iceland.

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