CFP: BIAS Journal of Dress Practice

BIAS Journal of Dress Practice is a yearly publication edited by The Dress Practice Collective, a student-run organization at Parsons the New School for Design. The DPC aims to join elements of visual culture, fashion theory, design studies and personal practice through academic and creative inquiry across various media. BIAS is seeking academic and journalistic writing, interviews, non-fiction narratives, artwork, photography and projects based on design practice for the third issue of BIAS to be published in Spring 2015. Submissions are open to students, recent graduates and practitioners affiliated (or not) with any institution.

BIAS Journal of Dress Practice Issue 3: Fashion + Surveillance

In a time of Net Neutrality, WikiLeaks and reality television, surveillance has become part of our daily lives on an unprecedented level. Issue three is dedicated to broadly exploring the connections between fashion and surveillance in this unique present, as well as the past and future. The following questions are possible starting points and not meant to limit interpretation of the theme:

  • How does a culture of looks and looking affect our daily dress practices?
  • How is technology being used in fashion to deter surveillance?
  • How is fashion used to discipline the body?
  • What are the connections between surveillance and fashion spectacle?

Written submissions must be 1,200 words or less and photography should be sent at 300-600 dpi.

Deadline: Please send submissions by January 12th, 2015 via e-mail to

Notice of acceptance/request for revisions: End of January

For any questions, please contact



CFP: Conference on Historical Analysis and Research in Marketing

CHARM 2015 Conference on Historical Analysis and Research in Marketing

May 28 – 31, 2015 (Doctoral Workshop May 27 – 28)

RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California, USA

We invite business, marketing, social science, and humanities scholars from all backgrounds to join us aboard RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California for a friendly, collegial, and interdisciplinary research conference. We call on scholars from around the globe to cast a critical look on the history of marketing and how these outputs might be taken to reflect on past epochs to enhance our understanding. Both individual papers and entire panels on all aspects of marketing history, historic marketing, and the history of marketing thought in all geographic areas and all time frames are welcome.  Topics may include but are not exclusively restricted to the following:

  • Marketing pioneers, the development and evolution of the marketing discipline
  • Varieties of marketing cultures and histories
  • Writing the past: constructing histories in/for marketing
  • The role of relationships and networks in marketing
  • Marketing history “from below” – how consumers and citizens respond to and interact with firms and brands
  • Advertising
  • Distribution and packaging
  • Sector case studies, for example beauty and fashion marketing, transportation, leisure, etc.
  • Marketing in the projection of national and regional identities

Doctoral students with a particular interest in research methods in marketing history and marketing theory are invited to attend a full-day workshop that immediately precedes the conference. To be considered for this workshop, please submit to Maria Kalamas by December 5, 2014, a statement of interest, a CV, a preliminary or final dissertation prospectus of no more than 10 pages, and a letter of support from your dissertation supervisor (or prospective supervisor). Limited financial support will be available to the strongest proposals. Applicants will be notified by January 15, 2015, whether they will be included in the program. There will also be a special track for the presentation of doctoral projects at the conference itself.

All paper submissions will be double-blind reviewed and a proceedings volume will be published.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, December 14, 2014. 

Direct submissions to David Clampin, Program

Please see the conference website for more information.


CFP: Fashion Research Now — Archives

The inaugural issue of Fashion Research Now reflects the aims of the Fashion Research Network: presenting critical, innovative and interdisciplinary research on fashion and dress. It will provide a space for early career researchers and PhD students to publish current and innovative research. Submissions are welcomed from both written and practice-based researchers and can take the form of text or image.

The first publication theme is fashion and archives; we encourage the broadest definition of archives and the archival, including personal collections, physical institutions, digital databases or oral histories.

You may wish to consider the following questions:

  • How has your experience of using archives shaped your research question and methodology?
  • How has your research or practice experience changed your definition of an archive?
  • How have atypical or inaccessible archives influenced your practice?
  • To what extent has technological developments in archival processes (i.e. digital archives) changed your research or practice output?
  • What role has chance played in your archival experience?
  • How have the emotional and sensory aspects of the archive experience influenced your work?
  • How do you archive your own research or practice?

Submission Criteria Eligibility:

  • Fashion Research Now publishes the work of current MPhil/PhD Candidates and Early Careers Researchers (i.e., within 6 years of receiving your doctorate)
  • Submissions should not have been previously published either in physical or digital form.
  • Authors are responsible for securing full copyright permission for all images pertaining to their submission.

How to Submit:

Word Length: Text-based essays should be a maximum of 5000 words. Footnotes are permitted, but should be kept to a minimum. A full bibliography must also be included.

Please send full papers in Microsoft Word or a PDF of images and text to by Friday 7th November 2014.

Please see the website for more information.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and the editorial committee will notify all candidates of its decision by January 2015.page2image12000 page2image12160


CFP: Fashion Tales 2015: Feeding the Imagination

June 18-20, 2015
Università Cattolica of Milan – Italy

Since its beginnings in the middle of the 19th century, fashion has been narrated through multiple media, both visual and verbal, and for different purposes such as marketing and advertising, art, costume history, social research and cultural dissemination. Since then, fashion has represented an important piece of material culture in modern industrial urban societies and in postcolonial and non-western contexts: artefacts that embody workmanship, tastes, lifestyles as well as the costume and art traditions of different countries.

Today, the discourses and the products of material culture developed in the field of fashion are ever more concerned with the issue of sustainability. This issue is seen not just in terms of ecological and ethical practices of production and consumption, as already well established in fashion studies, but also by revealing how fashion is able to create a virtuous circle between the aesthetic innovation of collections and the psycho-physical wellness of the person. The sustainable imaginary of fashion is one which promotes multiple models of beauty, which originates from fashion’s own encounter with other visual cultures worldwide and its dialogue with a variety of fields and disciplines. These can act as a tool to build new social images of bodies, of their health and wellness, new models for actions and practices and for the nurturing of diversity.

Since fashion is a system of material production and consumption, and a system of signs, it involves differently skilled people. Their purposes, however, have often been divergent and too rarely overlapping. Media professionals, communication and marketing consultants, scholars, curators and other actors of the field of fashion develop their own discourses and expertise, but often with little cross over between them. Indeed, comparing and sharing experiences,
concepts and methodologies can be difficult. When these grow out of different national or regional traditions the dialogue can become even more challenging.

The conference Fashion Tales 2015 aims to address this challenge. It hopes to be a platform that facilitates encounters between, skills, knowledge, disciplines and cultures the better to nurture and develop the many products and practices of fashion across which one’s gaze and thought can navigate; those art exhibitions, catwalks, photo books, movies, magazines, ads, blogs, scientific essays and interviews which feed the fashion imaginary.

Call for papers

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Fashion and imaginary: how fashion is represented in the fine arts, architecture, music, photography etc., and how these representations inform a sustainable imaginary.
2. Fashion languages and linguistic codes: how to develop a new language for writing and talking about fashion in traditional and digital media (magazines, newspapers, fashion films, blogs, fashion-themed TV series, advertising etc.).
3. Visual methodologies for fashion studies: how to use images and videos in fashion research and communication.
4. Body and beauty: how to represent contemporary bodies in a non-stereotyped way, respecting the differences and the richness of body shapes and ethnic and cultural traits against a standardized image of the body.
5. Fashion and sustainable consumption: how fashion can enhance responsible practices of consumption, including in non-fashion related industries, and act as a tool of identity construction.
6. Social responsibility: how to spread social responsibility through fashion, at different levels (design, production, retail, communication).
7. Fashion houses: how to study and narrate the living culture of the fashion houses, which is an important part of the cultural capital so secretly treasured and guarded by companies.
8. Fashion schools, museums, institutions: how fashion institutions contribute to shaping the sustainable imaginary of fashion.
9. Fashion blogging and social networks: how to promote new fashion communication patterns (top down, bottom up, peer to peer) through web 2.0 and 3.0. How to contribute through them to the construction of new fashion discourses.
10. Fashion trends: how to understand (and forecast) the evolution of society by reading the socio-cultural signals embodied by fashion codes.
11. Fashion and technology: how smart textiles can interact with human body and modify both design and consumption practices on a sustainable basis.
12. Digitalization and materiality: how new personal digital devices influence the construction offashion materiality and its representation.
13. Living fashion vs museum pieces: how to exhibit fashion in museums and in private and public collections without losing its essential dynamism.
14. World tales: how non-Western and postcolonial tales and practices can challenge the Western representation of fashion.
15. Resistant tales: how individuals and groups can produce or use alternative and counter-hegemonic fashion tales.

Deadline: If you wish to present a paper at the conference you will have to submit electronically, using the web-based submission form, an abstract of maximum 350 words and a 120 words profile of each author (including affiliation and, if desired, your two main publications) in English by October 20, 2014.

Files should include the following information in this order:
a) author(s) b) affiliation c) email address d) title of abstract e) body of abstract

Please use plain text and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline).

The committee is using EasyChair for the submission and the review process. To submit your abstract please first read carefully the abstract submission guidelines and then connect to FT2015 EASYCHAIR WEBSITE.

Click here for the original Call for Proposal.


CFP: Critical Costume 2015

Helsinki, Finland, March 25-27, 2015
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture

What does it mean to study costume in the 21st century?

Early theoretical discourse on costume (Hollander 1975/1993; Wilson 1985/2013; Gaines 1990) underlines the active interrelation between costume, body and character by arguing that “costume assimilates bodily signifiers into character, but body as a whole engulfs the dress” (Gaines 1990: 193).

In the 21st century, costume practices are now encountered through a multitude of different media: from film and theatre to virtual environments and mediated platforms. Mediation has become a prevalent principle of contemporary life and culture. Yet, the role of the costumed body and of how bodily practices are ‘read’ within and explored through these contexts remains a central question of 21st century artistic scholarship and practice.

Costume is still a relatively new and emerging research area. However, the study of costume has significantly grown in profile in recent years as a subject worthy of focused academic study, as evident within the growing number of international scholarly publications on costume and the costumed body in the last decade. Most recently, special issues of academic journals, such as Canadian Theatre Review (2012) and Scene (2014, forthcoming), have addressed the agency of costume in live performance as well as in film and other media. In that regard, Critical Costume 2015 is the second event conceived under the banner of Critical Costume, following a research project initiated by Dr. Rachel Hann and Sidsel Bech at Edge Hill University (UK) in 2013 (see The overall aim of the Critical Costume events is to offer a platform for new academic thinking and design practices around the study of costume: with costume conceived as a means of critically interrogating the body in/as performance.

Therefore, Critical Costume 2015 invites contributions from scholars and practitioners that seek to ad-dress the implications of research processes, new technologies and media for the study and practice of costuming today and in history.

While we welcome all proposals on the subject of costume, Critical Costume 2015 is particularly interested in contributions from practitioners and scholars that investigate the following:

a) Methodologies for researching costume in live performance, film and media: this includes practice-based approaches, new technologies as a tool for costume research, as well as historical, sociological, ethnographic, anthropological or other cultural perspectives in studying costume practices.

b) Media and mediated costume, and new design practices: costume in media and media in costume; these include digital costume, wearable technology, interactivity, latest technology and special effects, and the dramaturgical implications of interpreting screen-mediated or projected costume.

c) Costume practices and performances that examine the performative qualities of material (whether physical or virtual), body, flesh, and design.

The event includes
- an exhibition of artistic work and artistic research,
- a conference comprised of academic presentations on current research in the field of costume and performance,
- Flash Talks – short presentations by artists, and
- film and media screenings.

In that regard, we invite all interested parties to submit their proposals stating which presentation format you wish to be considered for:

• 20min paper presentation (title and 300-word abstract)
• Flash Talk presentations (title and 200-word summary)
• Exhibition or Installation work – physical or mediated object (title and 200-word description)

Note: We welcome applications to present in more than one format.
The event language is English.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 20 October 2014
Please submit your proposals online: HERE

Critical Costume 2015 is curated by Professor Sofia Pantouvaki and hosted by the Costume in Focus research group, based at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Important dates:
Deadline for the submission of proposals: 20 October 2014
Notification of acceptance: 25 November 2014
Event dates: 25-27 March 2015

For more information, please contact: Prof. Sofia Pantouvaki, email:
Twitter: @CriticalCostume


CFP: Kentucky Foreign Language Conference

Kentucky Foreign Language Conference

Modern Bodies: Corporeality in Spanish Silver Age Literature and Culture

 April 23-25, 2015

The advent of modernity and the processes of modernization in early twentieth-century Spain, during the so-called Silver Age (1900-1936), radically changed the existing representations of the human body.  The advancement of science and technology, the rise and consolidation of disciplines like sexology, eugenics, and psychology, growing urbanization, the emergence of feminist debates, the appearance of new literary genres and movements, the development of mass culture, or the arrival of foreign fashion and ideas are some of the factors that contributed to the rethinking and reshaping of the body.

This panel seeks papers that analyze corporeality from different perspectives and disciplines. We welcome contributions on the following topics:

  • Naked bodies: nudism, naturism, erotic artifacts
  • Athletic bodies: sports and leisure
  • Sexed bodies: sexology, medicine, sex reform
  • Visual bodies: photography, film, art
  • Queer bodies
  • Technology and the body
  • The body and avant-garde literature and art
  • Racialized bodies

Please send a 250-word abstract in English or Spanish to Jeffrey Zamostny ( and Itziar Rodríguez de Rivera ( before October 15, 2014.


CFP: Popular Culture Assn./American Culture Assn. Annual Conference

Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)

Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design

April 1 – 4, 2015 National Conference – New Orleans, LA 

Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design is concerned with all areas and aspects of style, fashion, clothing, design, and related trends, as well as appearances and consumption using and/or including

  • historical sources
  • manufacturing,
  • aesthetics
  • marketing
  • branding
  • merchandising
  • retailing
  • psychological/ sociological aspects of dress
  • body image
  • cultural identities
  • any areas relating to purchasing, shopping, and the methods consumers construct identity.

 The deadline for online abstract proposal of papers will be November 1, 2014.

Submissions can only be submitted via the site Select a Subject Area, enter your proposal’s title and input a clearly defined abstract of your scholarship of no more than 250 words and a short 50-word bio (please review in the database your name, university, abstract title and abstract for spelling & grammar). Submit only one proposal to one area.

Papers from all methods and disciplines are welcome! Innovative and new research, scholarship and creative works in the areas of fashion, design, the body and consumerism are encouraged!


CFP: The Costume Society Symposium

The Costume Society Symposium in London
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 July 2015

This symposium theme is The Power of Gold. This is intentionally wide-ranging and offers many possibilities for papers which could focus on any aspect, period or geographical area in relation to dress and appearance. Papers are welcomed which interpret the theme imaginatively through different approaches and issues, drawing on interdisciplinary research based on garments and accessories, jewellery, photography, film, literature, and archives.

Subjects could fall within the following headings:

•The power of the use of gold in fashion and dress – issues of status, symbolism and cultural meanings, ranging for instance from fashion for beach and sunbathing to the power of golden jewellery

•Fashion’s fascination with gold – couture from its 19th century origins to the 21st century

•The power of gold in ceremonial and religious dress – the use of gold fabrics and embroidery in court dress in Europe or Asia, or ecclesiastical vestments from Opus Anglicanum to the present day

•Gold in fancy dress, theatre and film costume

•Golden fabrics – manufacturing techniques, design, status and consumption, such as 18th century silks to gold and metallic fabrics in the 1920s and 1930s

Papers are welcome from academics, collectors, curators, designers, research students, and independent scholars. Papers, with the exception of those by keynote speakers will be of 30 minutes duration with illustrations by PowerPoint.

Deadline: Those wishing to offer papers should submit an abstract of about 200 words with a short CV by 23rd October 2014 in WORD (no formatting). All submissions will receive replies by January 2015.

Abstracts and CVs should be sent to

Submissions will be considered by a committee from the Costume Society Executive Committee.

The Society regrets that it is not possible to pay for expenses in the preparation and presentation of a paper, or for travel to the Symposium.

The Society offers a bursary for a student to attend the Symposium – details can be found on our website


CFP: The Sixties – The Culture, the Movements, and the Summer of Love

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual National Conference: The Sixties: The Culture, the Movements, and the Summer of Love

Wednesday, April 1 through Saturday, April 4, 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Sixties Area of the Popular Culture Association welcomes submissions on any aspect of popular culture from this era. Topics of interest might include, but are not limited to:

  • Film, television, and radio of the era
  • Analysis of influential books/authors and/or arts/artists  e.g. Ginsberg; Warhol
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll
  • Music and fashion as cultural expression and consumer culture
  • Communal living
  • 1969, or other significant dates, places, or events, e.g. Days of Rage, etc.
  • Countercultural movements—Hippies, SDS, Black Panther Party, the White Panther Party, etc.
  • Politics and protests of the era e.g. Civil Rights, Vietnam
  • Race and gender issues e.g. the 1968 Olympic Project for Human Rights, NOW
  • Media reaction and representation

Deadline for submission of a 100-250-word abstract is November 1, 2014.

Please email Deborah Carmichael at Michigan State University with abstracts, inquiries, or proposals.

Please see the announcement for full details.



AMA/ACRA Second Triennial Conference

March 4 – 7, 2015

Miami, Florida

The American Marketing Association (AMA) and American Collegiate Retailing Association (ACRA) invite submissions for their second triennial conference to be held in Coral Gables, Florida. Extended abstracts, competitive papers, workshop proposals, and doctoral paper submissions are all invited. Possible topics include:

  • Branding
  • Consumer psychology
  • Global retailing
  • Sustainability
  • Social Media

Submission deadline: September 30, 2014.

Please see conference website for full details.