CFP: Feminisms and Rhetorics 2015

The Tenth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference
Women’s Ways of Making

Memorial Union, Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona

Proposals due February 1, 2015
Conference held October 28-31, 2015

The Graduate Programs in Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies as well as the ASU Writing Programs in the English Department at the College of Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) invite proposals for the Tenth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference to be held at ASU October 28-31, 2015. The conference theme—Women’s Ways of Making—is meant to call attention to women as active knowledge and meaning makers in an inestimable variety of fields. Resonating as it does with the influential Women’s Ways of Knowing by Mary Field Belenky et al., published nearly three decades ago in 1986, this theme draws attention to making as an epistemic endeavor. Thus, the theme collapses several impoverished binaries: mind/body, producer/consumer, passive recipients/active agents, public/private, male/female, and craft/art. Our intention is to aim for a conference that will challenge gendered notions of making, of artifacts, of practices, of innovation, of digital spaces, of applied/theoretical research as well as more conventional notions about ways of making arguments, making knowledge, and making sense.

Working together to articulate a multi-vocal sense of women’s ways of making, we call for proposals that value and emphasize different ways of innovating, composing, creating, making, translating, hacking, using, reusing, repurposing, recycling, researching, and remixing in history or today. We encourage proposals that engage conference participants in making, in other forms of collaborative work, and in community building.

See a list of possible topics and presentation styles on the conference website.


CFP: Disseminating Dress

University of York, UK

May 28-30, 2015

CFP Deadline: January 15, 2015

Disseminating Dress is a three-day international and interdisciplinary conference that explores how ideas and knowledge about dress have been shared, sought and communicated throughout history. In bringing together academics, curators and industry professionals, this conference is an invitation for interdisciplinary discussion concerning methods of communicating concepts of what someone should, could, or would wear. Dress has been demonstrated to be central to the creation, expression, and subversion of cultural and national identity. However, what remains relatively unexplored is how these ideas were conveyed and perceived. If fashion is the result of a mixture of innovation and emulation, then we need to ask how these new ideas came to be circulated around and between societies.

From the London of the Blitz to Renaissance Italy, men and women have both sought out and been instructed in what to wear, forming personal, social and cultural aesthetics, while driving trade and mercantile success. This conference welcomes a broad interpretation of how dress has been disseminated throughout history, and will be an open forum for work undertaken from a variety of disciplinary and professional viewpoints.

Disseminating Dress invites proposals for 20-minute papers that explore the manifold media, methods, perceptions and motivations driving fashion dissemination across history. Paper topics might include, but are certainly not limited to, the following methods and media for transferring fashion ideas and information:

  • Correspondence and social networks.

  • Global networks for trade and cultural exchange.

  • The written word – including novels, journals, and fashion magazines.

  • Costume books, home sewing patterns, and other instructional sources.

  • Visual and material culture, including both fine art and popular culture.

  • Advertising, the role of fashion designers, and branding.

  • Famous persons, from court culture to modern celebrities.

  • Film, television, the Internet, and modern social media including MMS-ography.

  • The history of taste, and the influence of outside cultural forces such as developments within architecture and the decorative arts on fashion.

Abstracts of 250 wordin length, with an accompanying 100-word biography should be sent to no later than January 15, 2015. 


CFP: The Creation, Collection & Care of Textiles & Dress in Museums & Historic Houses

June 11, 2015

University of Wolverhampton, UK.

CHORD (The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution) invites submissions for a workshop that explores the role of individuals and organisations, both amateurs and professionals, in making, collecting and caring for dress and textiles in museums and historic houses. Papers focusing on any historical period or geographical area are welcome. Museum professionals, conservators, students, academics or anybody with an interest in the topic are warmly invited to submit a proposal. We welcome both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Potential speakers are welcome to discuss their ideas with the organisers before submission (please see details below). Some of the themes that  might be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • Collecting and the collector
  • Class, gender and/or ethnicity and the care of historic dress or textiles
  • The roles of professionals and amateurs in museums and historic houses
  • The history of museum curatorship and conservation in dress and textiles
  • Professional organisations, charities and philanthropy
  • Amateur production, conservation, repairs and care of historic textiles or dress

The workshop will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Campus.

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words to Laura Ugolini, at by March 6, 2015. Individual papers are usually 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. We also welcome shorter, 10 minute presentations, which might focus on a specific collection, new project or work in progress. If you are unsure whether to submit a proposal, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at to discuss your ideas.

Small bursaries will be available for speakers to subsidise the cost of travel (within the UK) and the workshop fee.

For further information, please e-mail: Laura Ugolini at or Margaret Ponsonby at


CFP: COLOR/FORMS, Parsons and Cooper Hewitt Grad Symposium

The Twenty-Fourth Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City

Proposals due January 26, 2015
Symposium held April 23 and 24, 2015

This symposium is seeking papers on the forms color takes and the roles color plays in the meanings of design and the decorative arts since the Renaissance. We are especially interested in research that touches on moments of change: for example, on transitions from monochrome to full-color production, or when particular colors became available, fashionable or unfashionable.

Coloration is intrinsic to the social meanings of objects. Colors shape our interaction with things and other people in fundamental ways; they can appeal to our most visceral senses of pleasure or desire. Colors affect behaviors, and we use colors metaphorically to describe attitudes, feelings and moods. In the world of consumer goods, the need to produce certain colors has driven innovations in mechanical processes, and markets can rise and fall based on color trends.

Areas of investigation might involve:

  • Graphic design and broadcast media–e.g. color printing in lithographs, newspapers and magazines; day-glo color inks and psychedelic design; Technicolor and other cinematic color systems; the advent of color television; etc.
  • Fashion and costume studies–e.g. color, or lack thereof, in menswear; aniline dyes and other technologies of coloration; color forecasting; etc.
  • Industrial design–e.g. colored plastics; anodized aluminum; the color of high technology (silver, black, white, beige) or domestic appliances; color theory and consumer choice; color-customizable products; colors in toys; etc.
  • Decorative arts–e.g. hand-painted and printed colors ceramics; tapestry, color-changing fabrics and other textiles; polychromy in sculpture; etc.
  • Architecture and interior design–e.g. colored exterior lighting; psychologies of colored interiors; wallpapers; “white cities” and exhibition architecture; etc.
  • …or any number of related fields of production and consumption.

Proposals are welcome from graduate students at any level in fields such as History of the Decorative Arts, History of Design, Curatorial Studies, Design Studies, Art History, History of Architecture, Design and Technology, Media Studies, Consumer Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and other fields.

The symposium’s Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote speaker will be Jeffrey L. Meikle, Stiles Professor in American Studies and Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, speaking on “Postcard Modernism: Landscapes, Cityscapes, and American Visual Culture, 1931-1950.” Dr. Meikle is one of the leading voices in design history and cultural history. His renown scholarship extends to industrial design and technology, popular print media, and alternative cultures from 1950 to the present. His books include Twentieth Century Limited: Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939 (1982); American Plastic: A Cultural History (1995); and Design in the USA (2005).

The Keynote will be on Thursday evening, April 23, 2015 and the symposium sessions will be in the morning and afternoon on Friday, April 24.

To submit a proposal, send a two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v. to:

Ethan Robey
Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies

Deadline for proposals: January 26, 2015

The symposium is sponsored by the MA Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies offered jointly by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons The New School for Design.


CFP: Fashion, Sex, and Power

Joanne B. Eicher Symposium II
Fashion, Sex, & Power

College of Design, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Keynote address by Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Abstracts due January 5, 2015
Symposium held September 11-12, 2015

This symposium encourages exploration and discussion of the intriguing relationships between power, sex and fashion in dress over the centuries and across cultures. We are well into the 21st century. How are we faring with regard to fashion, sex, and power? How does power relate to sex and fashion? We research gender, but what about sex? Have we come away from the Mad Men commentary with sex used to gain power? Can women break through the glass ceiling aided by books such as Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead? When will we realize a woman as President of the USA? What about the change in men’s roles, for example, the increase in stay-at-home fathers and their feelings of power and masculinity. Perhaps we need to examine the effects on young girls and boys about role-playing regarding power and sex. 

Suggested paper topics include, but are not limited to:

• Role of fashion in expressions of sexual agency in the Millennium
• Intersection of race, beauty, sexuality and empowerment
• Fashion and modesty in a cultural or generational setting
• Male and female power and sex in fashion across cultures
• Fashionable appearances in public and private spaces
• Politics of gender identity labeling and fashion
• Self-objectification and empowerment
• Sex education for the 21st century
• Sexual agency, identity, and fashion over time

Submit an abstract of 250 words (one page, 12 pt. font with one inch margins). Title centered at the top and no author information. Include a separate cover page with author and contact information. Send abstract and cover page by January 5, 2015 to Marilyn DeLong (

Notification of acceptances by February 16 (following blind peer review). Full paper is due by August 1, 2015. Full papers will be considered for a book edited by Annette Lynch and Katalin Medvedev, to be published by Bloomsbury. See the full call here.


CFP: Textual Fashion

Textual Fashion: Representing Fashion and Clothing in Word and Image

3-day international conference at the University of Brighton 

July 8-10, 2015 

Call for Papers

Since 1990, a critical body of work by scholars in Britain, Europe and America, including Jane Gaines, Caroline Evans and Clair Hughes, has underscored the key role that verbal and visual representations of fashion and clothing have in understanding issues such as period style, taste and human identities. Building on their achievement, this event will foreground international cutting-edge research in what Roland Barthes terms ‘l’écriture’, that is the ways that fashion and dress are mediated and translated into word and image in literature, journalism, memoirs and correspondence, photography, illustration, film, television, advertising, music video, and online through websites and blogs.

We invite:

(i) Abstracts of between 250 and 300 words for individual papers from scholars working on any of the above areas from any disciplinary, interdisciplinary or methodological perspective, in any country and at any historical period.

(ii) Abstracts of up to 1000 words for panels with 3-4 speakers dealing with a particular theme, method, source or archive, in any country and at any historical period.

We welcome contributions dealing with non-anglophone cultures in particular, and from early-career (including postgraduate) and established researchers alike. 

The deadline for submitting abstracts for peer review is January 19, 2015 and we anticipate confirming those we wish to include by March 2, 2015.

If you are interested, please email your abstract for consideration to:

Paul Jobling (key areas: photography, film, television, advertising, music video, websites).

Charlotte Nicklas (key areas: literature, journalism, memoirs and correspondence, illustration and blogging).


CFP: Fashioning Professionals


A symposium on the historical and contemporary representation of cultural and creative professions

Research Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, March 27, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Agnès Rocamora

The labour market is increasingly made up of those working in the creative professions of fashion, art, design and advertising, but what does it mean to be defined and represented as a ‘creative professional’? From artist to curator; couturier to fashion intern; designer to art director; architect to design student; stylist to blogger; these professional identities can be viewed as social practices, enacted and performed through media, which includes the fashion press, lifestyle magazines, daily news, television, film, and the internet. Here social, cultural and professional identities are co-constructed. These professions and their professionals are both products of, and productive in meanings and values that inform our understanding and knowledge of culture, in both the past and present. They also vary in their representation according to different levels of expertise and career status.

Focusing on the representation of cultural and creative professions, Fashioning Professionals asks the following questions: How have photography and media worked to define and represent creative labour in particular ways? How have individuals represented and defined themselves as professionals in different fields of culture? How do different aspects of cultural identity, such as gender, class and ethnicity, inform these representations? How do different methodologies and disciplinary approaches enrich the study of cultural and creative professions? How can histories and theories of fashion and design contribute to a wider reading and understanding of the professions?

We welcome papers from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that respond to and reflect upon these questions in relation to the following cultural sectors and their professions:

  • Ÿ Art
  • Ÿ Fashion
  • Ÿ Advertising
  • Ÿ Design
  • Ÿ Architecture

Proposals: If you wish to present a paper, please submit a 250 word abstract in Word format to

Abstracts are to include the following information:

  • Ÿ Author(s)
  • Ÿ Affiliation(s)
  • Ÿ Email Address(es)
  • Ÿ Title of Abstract
  • Ÿ Body of Abstract

Deadline for Submissions: Monday January 5, 2015

Acceptance Confirmation: Monday January 26, 2015

Please note that there will be a £10 fee for attending the symposium, which will cover lunch, tea and coffees. Registration for the symposium will open in February 2015.

Organising Chairs: Dr. Leah Armstrong and Dr. Felice McDowell

Email address:

Symposium blog:

Twitter: @fashioningprofs


CFP: Creators and Consumers – Women and Material Culture

The 2015 David B. Warren Symposium on American Material Culture and the Texas Experience
Creators and Consumers: Women and Material Culture and Visual Art in 19th Century Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Proposals due January 15, 2015
Symposium held October 23-25, 2015

Bayou Bend is currently accepting proposals for papers on women’s experience of material culture and visual art in pre-1900 Texas, the Lower South and the Southwest, to be presented at the fifth biennial David B. Warren Symposium in 2015. This symposium will explore women’s contributions to material culture and visual arts of the 19th century, through making, decorating, choosing, arranging, or using functional or artistic objects. Subjects of interest include traditional arts and crafts produced by women; participation in or support of traditionally male creative activities, as well as women’s influence through their choices and consumption. Proposals focusing on Texas and those presenting previously unpublished research will receive particular consideration. Papers will be published in the proceedings of the symposium in 2016.

Participants are invited to submit a 300-word abstract proposal for a paper to be presented as an illustrated oral lecture 25 or 50 minutes in length. The abstract should be accompanied by a current C.V. Please indicate presentation length in proposal. In general, 25-minute lectures will be more appropriate for emerging scholars while 50-minute lectures will be appropriate for senior scholars. Paper proposals are due to Bayou Bend by January 15, 2015; acceptances will be announced by March 1, 2015.

The overall theme of the symposium series is “American Material Culture and the Texas Experience,” with the goal of providing an ongoing forum that examines pre-1900 Texas (as well as the lower South and Southwest) through the lens of American material culture. The symposium is named in honor of David B. Warren, the founding director emeritus of Bayou Bend.

For more information about the symposium or to submit abstracts, visit whose papers are accepted will receive transportation expenses, an honorarium for speaking, and a fee for preparing their manuscript for publication.


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.