Calls for Papers


Fashion, Style, Appearance, Consumption & Design

CFP Deadline: December 15, 2011

Conference Location: Boston, MA
Conference Date: April 11-14, 2012

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, and cultural identities, in addition to any areas relating to purchasing, shopping, and the methods consumers construct identity.

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!

Please email a short 50-word bio with contact information and an abstract of no more than 250 words of your proposal paper by December 15 to:

Joseph H. Hancock, PhD at
Alphonso McClendon at

Joseph H. Hancock, II, PhD.
Mr. Alphonso McClendon
Drexel University
Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
3141 Chestnut Street
Nesbitt Hall Suite 600
33rd and Market Streets
Philadelphia , PA. 19104
Phone: 215-895-6993

For more information about the Popular Culture/American Culture Association National Conference, please visit:


‘Fashion, Vision and Visuality’

CFP Deadline: November 7, 2011

38th Annual AAH Conference & Bookfair
The Open University, Milton Keynes UK
March 29 – 31, 2012

Session Convenors:

Caroline Evans, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

Andrea Kollnitz, Centre for Fashion Studies, Art History Department, Stockholm University

This session looks at representations of fashion across media and contexts, spanning art and industry, still and moving images. It will investigate the role of fashion in the cultural imaginary, and ask whether its representations solicit a particular kind of visual pleasure. How, for example, might the spectator’s embodied experience of fashion and cloth create specific viewing competences, and what currency does the idea of a haptic gaze have in the consideration of images of fashion? Do representations of fashion create the possibility of different visualities and/or new ways of seeing? The session will explore fashion primarily as image but will investigate how such images relate to fashion in other fields and forms: as object, as performance, as part of the experience of everyday life. It will investigate the fashion image in relation to cultural competence, identification, and the look. Our own interests concern modernism but we welcome papers on the visual and sensual impact of fashion from any period. Topics might include: the role of fashion in the visual culture of modernism, the power of fashion magazines and the diffusion of fashion imagery in contemporary culture, the image of fashion as pleasure and seduction in film and film costumes, fashion as fetishism and bodily experience, the rhetoric of fashion in representations and self- fashioning as part of artistic promotion.

For more information about the conference, go to:


Palinsesti 2 (2011)

CFP Deadline: Sep 30, 2011

“Visual identity of the Italians: from Renato Guttuso to Maurizio Cattelan”

“Palinsesti” is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to historical studies concerning Italian Art since 1960. After the publication of the first issue on Methodology (April, 2011:, the editors invite contributors to submit articles for its second thematic issue: “Visual identity of the Italians: from Renato Guttuso to Maurizio Cattelan”.
Have the artworks of the last forty years preserved their ability or capacity to narrate the historical, anthropological, and social identity of Italy? In which paradigmatic works is this capacity still surviving and in which is it brought into crisis?

For this second issue contributors are encouraged to focus on single, relevant artworks rather than general paradigms of interpretation, and to address the following arguments:

1. Recounting the Italians. How and to what extent has a single artwork been able to narrate significant moments in the history or the current affairs of the Italian people? How has an artwork addressed their costumes, habits, consumption of goods, political or social conflicts?
For instance: can Guttuso’s Broadway boogie woogie (1953) and I funerali di Togliatti (1972) or Schifano’s “Italian landscapes” be read in this way?

2. Seen by others. From the Grand Tour to Roman Holidays, how has art attested to the encounter between a foreign artist and Italian culture.
Pertinent examples of such encounters may be Cy Twombly and Richard Serra’s debuts in Rome, Joseph Beuys’ presence in Naples for the art project Terrae Motus or Andy Warhol’s extreme visit to Milan in the middle of the Eighties.

3. Archetypes, stereotypes, tradition. How has an artwork become a paradigm of “Italianness” in the country or abroad? This point particularly concerns those cases like the myth of an ancestral mediterranean culture persisting in Italian Arts, a consolidated vision of national artistic tradition or those sterotypes like the ones often raised by the polemics on Maurizio Cattelan’s work.

4. Iconographic crisis. Which individual artworks have marked a crisis of Italian art in representing its own national identity, by revealing an inability to further resort to a shared story, iconography, or a representation that is considered plausible to either critics or the public?

The Editors invite submissions of a draft of an essay (Italian, English or French; 50000 characters spaces included+10000 characters for endnotes) following the Chicago Manual of Style. Deadline September 30th 2011. For submitting, please enroll in The issue will be published at the end of 2011.

More info:


Virginia Forum

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
March 29 – 31, 2012

CFP Deadline: Sep 30, 2011

The 2012 Virginia Forum will be held on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Virginia Forum is interdisciplinary and welcomes proposals from scholars, teachers, and professionals in all fields. The theme, “Greater Virginias,” emphasizes Virginia’s relationship across political and geographical boundaries to broader ideas, patterns, and adjoining regions. The theme is comparative and invites scholars to submit papers about all aspects of Virginia life, geography, environment, history, and culture. The Virginia Forum plans to offer sessions and workshops that draw from the full range of Virginia-focused research, including the humanities and sciences.

Proposals from fields including all the arts and sciences are invited:
economics, politics, geography, law, literature, history, politics, archaeology and anthropology, environmental studies, museum and library studies, preservation, and others.

Please submit a one-page paper proposal and a one-page curriculum vitae in a single email message to by 30 September 2011. Please be sure to include your email address and other contact information.

Proposals for complete panel sessions, workshops, etc. are encouraged, and should include a one-page description of the overall session, as well as a separate, one-page description for each individual presentation in the session and a one-page curriculum vitae for each panel member.

Direct further inquiries to:

For more information, go to the Virginia Forum website:


Feed Your Head: Food as Material and Metaphor

Symposium Date: November 11-12, 2011
Deadline for Abstract Submissions: September 1, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Darra Goldstein, Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian, Williams College, and Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture (

The need to consume food is a basic, but universal, constant in human life. Yet, food as object and idea is in a constant state of flux. What and how does food mean, and how do the cultural productions of societies manifest these meanings? Food in its absence, presence, or overabundance shapes the individual and society alike. It contributes to identity as well as the physical make-up of the body. Eating can be a spectacle, a ritual, or an event accessible to all or restricted to some. It can likewise be a performance at the intersection of body, sustenance, and architectural space. What is the relationship between where we eat and what (or how) we eat? What is the relationship between what we eat and who we are?

This interdisciplinary symposium invites graduate students in Classics, Archaeology, History of Art, and related fields to present papers that address material and metaphorical aspects of food from the ancient world to modernity. Topics might include:
– visual and textual representations of food
– architectural spaces and food
– material culture of food
– feasting
– fasting
– gluttony; delight and disgust
– hunger and satiation
– food supply and trade
– food production and/or preparation
– politics of food
– relationship of food and body
– food as flesh
– ethics of consumption
– ritual and social aspects of food
– food and cultural/individual identity
– food taboos and anxieties
– poison, contamination, and health

The symposium committee will be accepting and reviewing submissions throughout the summer. Please submit abstracts of less than 250 words by September 1, 2011 to If digital submission is not possible, please submit a paper copy to: Bryn Mawr Graduate Student Symposium, c/o Jennifer Hoit, Box 1623, Bryn Mawr College, 101 North Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.


CFP: Imaginative Geographies: Travels of the Mind in Early Modern Europe

Deadline: Jun 27, 2011

A Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Conference
28th September, 2011 at the University of Bristol

Organisers: REMS Post-Graduate Researchers, University of Bristol

While Renaissance and Early Modern Studies are focussed on the histories of the two and a half centuries between 1500 and 1750, the areas of research that the period encompasses are multi-disciplinary and wide-ranging. A common thread is the spatial or geographical dimension.

This conference aims to attract a wide audience, to explore correspondences between geography and historical fields of research, to enable varied and cross-disciplinary discourses between scholars and students of the arts and sciences, and to enrich renaissance and early modern historical research with methodological and thematic diversity.

Submissions are invited for papers from researchers engaged in a wide spectrum of subjects – Anthropology, Art, Architecture, English, Modern Languages, Geography, History, Medicine, Music, Theatre, and Theology – within the timeframe of renaissance and early modern history, and that allow for the consideration of cultural geographies. Papers of particular interest address matter of space and place in their respective discipline.

Topics might include:
Cultural landscapes
Imagined geographies
Otherness and Exploration
Networks of material culture
Mapping cultural routes
Centres and Peripheries

Instructions for Authors
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 27 June, 2011. Those interested in participating in the conference should write to

When submitting your abstract please include the following information:
1) name,
2) institutional affiliation,
3) contact email,
4) title of proposed paper,
5) abstract (no more than 300 words).


CFP: The Moral Panics of Sexuality

Conference at Arizona State University, West Campus
Phoenix, AZ
Friday, October 7, 2011

Proposals are now being accepted for an exciting and provocative conference held on October 7, 2011 at Arizona State University West Campus in Phoenix, AZ that will address what we are calling the moral panics of sexuality, or, if you prefer, scary sex. Moral panics of sexuality may include practices, representations, and philosophies held in the imagination as deviant, or more precisely, the source of anxious unease if not full-blown disgust. Accordingly, radical proposals that may alternatively challenge, incite, or provoke moral panic are invited.

Proposals are due July 15th, 2011 and should include a title and abstract of approximately 350-500 words. Please specify whether you would like to be considered for an individual paper (approximately 20 minutes each), or for brief roundtable presentations (5-10 minutes) followed by open discussions with attendees.

Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to:

Changing Narratives of Disgust, Deviance, and Normality – vagina dentata, castration panics, histories of pornography, miscegenation panics, menstrual anarchy, purposive body hair growth/removal, visible fetishes, “pro-anorexia” movements

Radical Reproductive Politics – birth orgasms, fetishization of pregnant women, breast milk hysteria, new visions of abortion politics, selective pro-natalisms, voluntary sterilization initiated by young women, surrogacy and transnational adoption

Radical Philosophies of Sexuality – erotics of Bataille, asexual manifestos, feminist and queer critiques of love and marriage, queer death drive

Legal Critiques of Sexual Morality – revising sex offending discourse, sex toy bans, managing children’s sexuality, regulation of adolescent clothing, prisoner bodies, trans parenting

Queer(ing) Performances – lesbian dildo debates, anti-assimilationist gay pride, no homo, queer crip performance, public debates over arts funding

Abject and Extreme Sexualities – cancer and sex, radical ageist critiques, fatness studies, trans surgeries, anti-surgery intersexuality, body mutilations, schizophrenia and sexuality, suicidality, snuff films, autoerotic asphyxiation

Locating Sexual Institutions – film ratings boards, regulating hate speech, new theories of BDSM, trans architecture

Medicalized Sexualities – induced orgasms, labiaplasty and genital surgeries, sexualized nutrition, forced ingestion, breast augmentation, organ trafficking

Viral Circulation of Bodies and Sexualities – subversive video games, anti-social-networking rhetoric, sexting panics, cell phone pornography, sex trafficking and mail order brides

About the Conference
The event is free to all registered participants. It will be located at Arizona State University’s West campus in sunny Phoenix, Arizona (approximately 20 minute drive from the Phoenix airport). October promises to bring warm – not hot! – weather and plenty of opportunity for desert merriment and relaxation. The conference will start with a series of back-to-back keynote speakers and will include an informal lunch followed by an afternoon of concurrent panel and roundtable sessions. Dinner in the evening will be provided free-of-charge to attendees at a new non-profit restaurant near downtown Phoenix that specializes in local, organic, sustainable foods. Shared rides will be provided to dinner and back to the hotel.

Confirmed Keynote Presenter: Heather Warren Crow

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel at 2620 West Dunlap Avenue for October 6th and 7th at $109.00 a night (the rate will also be offered three days before and after the conference for those who wish to extend their trip). The rate includes in-room internet access, a hot breakfast buffet, and access to fitness, spa, waterslide, business, and dining facilities. There will be a free shuttle service to and from the conference site, and free on-site parking. Reservations must be made by September 6, 2011 to ensure the group rate. Please call 602-943-8200 to make your reservations; the group name is “ASU West.” The Sheraton Crescent website is:

Center for Critical Inquiry and Cultural Studies (CCICS)
Arizona State University at the West campus
P.O. Box 37100 Phoenix, AZ 85069-7100
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CFP: Annual Meeting of Renaissance Society of America

March 22-24, 2012
Washington DC, USA

Panel: Veil and Veiling in Europe, 1450-1650: Revisiting

From St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians and Tertullian’s ‘On the Veiling Virgins’ to the decrees of the Council of Trent, the veil, and the custom of veiling women’s hair, has historically been the premise of discourse regarding gender and religious identity in early and medieval Christian societies. However, the significance and function of the veil became far more complicated in early modern Europe than in previous centuries as early modern European society experienced a crisis of order. Both religious and civic leaders reinforced the need for women to cover their heads and emphasized the veil, including its fabric, style, and colour, as an indicator of women’s different social statuses and, most importantly, their personal and familial honour or shame. Because social norms necessitated that every woman own some form of headcovering, the act of veiling, the refusal to don a veil, or even the way that a woman chose to wear the veil could reveal her regional or ethnic identity, political affiliation, or religious confession.

By using multiple disciplines and sources, it is possible for scholars to put forth a variety of questions about early modern veiling practices, including:
1) How did early modern Europeans define, or redefine, the veil?
2) How has the tradition of veiling challenged during the movements of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation?
3) What were the contemporary religious accounts of veiling women’s hair?
4) How did women consider the necessity to veil themselves?
5) Because the custom of veiling could vary from place to place, to what extent could women negotiate their right of expressing themselves under the legislation of local government and religious authority?
6) What were the consumption patterns of headcoverings, in general?

Above all, the session aims to question how we can reconsider the female experience vis-à-vis the veil and the practice of veiling in early modern Europe. Therefore, we would like to invite papers that focus on fresh materials, new angles, or special cases regarding the object of the veil and the custom of veiling. Given that this was a global issue in the early modern world, papers concerning Asia and the Middle East are also welcome and will be presented as contrasting examples.

Please e-mail a short CV and a 150-word draft to both Mary Kovel (University of Arizona) and Chia-hua Yeh (Queen Mary, University of London) by the 25th of May, 2011.

Mary Kovel (University of Arizona) and Chia-hua Yeh (Queen Mary, University of London)


Advisory Committee of Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress – Future Fashion

The organizers and Advisory Committee of Costume Colloquium III: Past Dress – Future Fashion are currently seeking papers on unpublished research, new creations and/or practical experience, relating to the Topics of Interest below. They welcome proposals from: scholars, educators and museum specialists, students, makers and marketers of wearable art, conservators, re-enactors and other clothing enthusiasts worldwide in order to create a symposium that is inclusive in an international, inter-cultural and interdisciplinary nature.

Topics of Interest:
I. The remaking or recreating dress from the past: yesterday and today
II. Patterns from the past and the fashions of today: which aspects of a certain historic past?
III. The past relived through dress: in institutional collections (public and private), in a social context (pageantry, parades and historical reenactment), in didactic experiences (fashion and design course and schools.
IV. The vintage phenomenon and recycling of styles
V. Conservation, restoration and the presentation of collections: new tendencies and innovative methods
VI. Fashion documents and archives
VII. Dress collecting: goals and accessibility
VIII. Information regarding costumes and dress accessories

Submission Information and Instructions:
Please send your proposal abstract to with Abstract Submission CCIII in the subject line.

Please send, as a separate document, a brief (200 words maximum) autobiography which describes your current field of interest and highlights your more significant or pertinent accomplishments. Also include your current contact information (email address, telephone number(s), postal address) as well as your affiliation and job title or description (consult past Costume Colloquium programs on their website ( for examples.

Length of presentations: 20 minutes

Language of Conference: English and Italian. Simultaneous translations will be provided.

Successful candidates (one only if multiple authors) will have their base conference attendance fee covered, however this does not include any travel, accommodation and board expenses.

Your proposal abstract and brief autobiography must be received via email by October 31, 2011. Candidates will be informed of the decisions of the Advisory Committee by December 31, 2011. Candidate acceptance will be required in writing by January 20, 2012.

For further inquiries please contact:


100th Annual CAA Conference – Los Angeles, February 22-25, 2012

Session – Deconstructing Costume Histories: Rereading Identities in Fashion Collections and Exhibitions

Co-chairs: Consuelo Gutierrez and Ian McDermott

Abstract Deadline: May 15th, 2011

Please submit abstracts to:

Theorists from Veblen to Simmel have argued that fashion originates from the styles of the elite, which drive sartorial representation within a given society. This session looks at fashion collections and exhibitions in museums and examines how collecting practices and curatorial decisions influence the study of the history of fashion with respect to the representation of minorities and the working class. Do these collections or exhibitions construct a homogeneous identity based on the lifestyle and experience of the leisure class? Have the fashions and styles in museums, magazines, and fashion shows become the foundation of a collective memory and history of fashion that is inherently noninclusive?

This panel invites papers discussing the diversity of costume and dress as experienced by minority, ethnic, and underprivileged economic groups and the representation of gender, race, and class in fashion collections and exhibitions.

The panel also welcomes the examination of appropriation, nationalism, multiculturalism, colonialism/postcolonialism, subcultures, street fashion, and other related topics in light of fashion collections and exhibitions.

For more information about CAA Conference 2012, please visit:



11th and 12th October 2010

WISER and the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand will be hosting a 2-day conference on Recent Elections and the Media in Africa on the 11th and 12th of October 2010. Our objective is to solicit papers that encourage debate across the media – print, the electronic media, radio and television:

1. To compare and contrast techniques and strategies of media representation in recent and forthcoming African elections.
2. To analyse struggles to control the media during elections.
3. To analyse popular efforts to find a space for voice in the media.
4. To analyse global representations and international coverage of Africa during elections.

Panels will be organized around the following topics:

A. How does the media present real and fictional images of African politicians and heads of state? This could include a hard look at the role of advertising and the way leaders, their aides and their publics are represented. Also relevant here are questions that address the ‘Othering’ of African leaders in the global media (for instance as buffoon, tyrant, dictator, ‘traditional’, global, spiritual, moral).

B. ‘Presentism’ and the erasure of historical memory in the media. By this we mean the reluctance of the media to set their discussion of elections in any sort of historical and political context. Instead we have the constant ‘Now’. What are the consequences of this lacuna?

C. Leadership and Contestation: Case studies of elections and media representations which focus on leaders and parties. Papers could cover the following: the Zimbabwean elections 2007/8; the Angolan 2008 elections; the 2008 Zambian elections; the South African elections of 2008; Botswana and forthcoming elections in 2010 in Togo (presidential elections), Central African Republic, Sudan, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sao Tome and Principe, and possibly Burundi.

D. A focus on Gender, Masculinity, Sexuality and the Politics of Leadership Identity: this could address the self-fashioning of leaders as regards dress, costume, ‘signatures’ and cultural accoutrements. It also calls for a focus on the first lady/ies phenomenon in the media representation of leaders. How are women leaders represented?

E. Media and the Hazards of Representation: in this session we interrogate/celebrate the role of popular culture during elections. How the readings of popular culture can illuminate listeners’/viewers’ opinions and bases of knowledge through tapping into pavement talk (‘radio trottoir’), popular songs, slogans and so on. What is the role of popular culture during elections?

F. Satire and the insights and subversions of cartoon voices and political comedians. In what ways has satire contributed to a critical and edgy understanding of the nature of politics, particularly during periods leading up to elections.

Please send titles and abstracts of not more than 300 words by 31 May 2010 to Najibha Deshmukh Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be notified by the 17th June 2010. Some of the papers will be selected for publication in relevant journals, such as the Journal of Southern African Studies. There will be no conference fee. We hope to be able to subsidise the attendance of younger scholars should we acquire requisite funding.

Convenors: Liz Gunner, WISER, Sheila Meintjes, Political Studies, Wits University.
Liz Gunner, Wiser
Sheila Meintjes, Poltical Studies, Wits University


May 23, 2010
CFP: Material Culture, Craft & Community

Material Culture, Craft & Community: Negotiating Objects Across Time & Place (20-21 May 2011, University of Alberta, Canada)

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the varied expressions of craft – material, cultural, social – in past and present societies. Craft practice has a rich history and remains vibrant today, sustaining communities while negotiating cultures. Craft-made goods were, and are, created for domestic or institutional use, for local or international markets. They express gender roles and cultural aspirations, sustain economies, and express aesthetic values and skills of making. Craft practice has long defined communities and groups, and continues to do so in the midst of global trade networks. Moreover, the flow of ideas, goods, and peoples animate the making, circulation, and meaning of craft goods. These and other issues will be addressed over the course of the conference.

Keynote Speaker:
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University

Confirmed Speakers:
Eiluned Edwards, London College of Fashion, UK
Edward S Cooke, Yale University
Janice Helland, Queen’s University, Kingston
Laura Peers, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford
Ruth Phillips, Carleton University, Ottawa

Call for Papers:
Paper proposals and full panels are invited on topics ranging from the history to present practice of craft, issues of production, use, and trade of craft, and the construction and interpretation of the meanings of craft, in the context of personal interactions, local communities, national groups, modes of international circulation, and forms of cultural context.

Graduate students are encouraged to apply with either single papers or panels. Three graduate proposals will be selected for a special graduate plenary session, in addition to those papers selected for concurrent sessions.

Proposals are invited from all disciplines. The proposal package should include a paper summary of 150-200 words and a two-page CV. Proposals should be received by 10 October 2010. The program will be announced 15 December 2010. Registration will open on 15 December 2010.

Beverly Lemire
Department of History & Classics and Department of Human Ecology
University of Alberta


Food and Culture: Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) Annual Conference

The Food and Culture Panels of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association (MAPACA) invites papers and panels for their annual conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Alexandria, Virginia from October 28-31, 2010. Abstracts are due by June 15, 2010. Myriad factors shape our relationship with food. What we choose to eat, when we eat it, with whom we eat it, and how we eat it is influenced by technology, economics, politics, fashion, tradition, religion, and other aspects of culture. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to address the intersection of food and the human experience. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the politics of food, culinary tourism, gender and food preparation/consumption, food in literature, health and diet, food in advertising, and restaurant culture. Submit a one page abstract and brief bio directly to the Food and Culture area chair at . Prospective presenters may submit only ONE proposal to only ONE area. Multiple submissions will result in rejection of all proposals.

Jill Nussel, Ph.D.
Department of History
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: 260-481-6027

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CFP: ‘Fashion-Media’

This special issue of SCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture will explore new directions in fashion and design with regard to screen media, media convergence, cross media/creative collaborations and hybrid media and design aesthetics. While fashion media has been a stalwart of print media — books, magazines, and journals — in the digital era it represents a dynamic site of transformation. The new decade has witnessed a plethora of fashion films: satire (Bruno); bio-pics (Coco-Avant Chanel); documentary (The September Issue and Valentino: The Last Emperor) and fashion film cross-productions (Tom Ford’s A Single Man). Established fashion houses turn to cinema auteurs (Baz Luhrmann, David Lynch and Ridley Scott) for co-branding in fashion and fragrance advertising. At the same time, emerging designers are exploiting digital media to launch their collections: YouTube, streaming media and ‘catwalk’ films. Karl Lagerfield on Twitter and Scott Schuman’s The Sartorialist blog push fashion media into Web 2.0; while in architecture and design, the Prada ‘flagship’ stores (Rem Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron) and Chanel’s portable ‘containers’ (Zaha Hadid) explore the spatiality of fashion media.

Our call for papers extends to writers, scholars, designers and practitioners engaged with fashion, design, media, branding and consumer culture. It includes options to submit both refereed articles and/or information articles.

Contributors may consider (but are not restricted to) the following themes:

Fashion Media and…

Fashion on film (features & documentary)
Catwalk / Runway films
Experimental fashion films
Web 2.0; Twitter, Blogs
Art & fashion collaborations
Architecture and branded environments
Television (reality TV, drama, docu-drama)
Celebrity culture
Model ‘slash’ actors & performance (eg. Leigh Lezark, Gemma Ward, Lily Cole)
The politics of ‘Fat Fashion’ (e.g. Beth Ditto, Mark Fast)
Trends in fashion advertising & branding
Cross-cultural fashion

Papers (including a 200-300 word abstract) should be emailed to the editors by no later than Tuesday, 1st June 2010.

Full articles will adhere to the submission guidelines for SCAN and be emailed as a Word document attachment to the editors. Additional media, such as video or images should be emailed as separate attachments with placement indicators in the article.

Dr. Alex Munt
Dept. Media, Music & Cultural Studies
Macquarie University, Sydney
+61 2 9850 2182
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CFP: The Encyclopedia of Women and American Popular Culture

Facts On File, a New York-based academic and reference publisher, is seeking contributing scholars for a print and online reference work on the history of women in America popular culture from colonial times to the present. The project is aimed at the academic high school and undergraduate levels.
The encyclopedia will include articles on individuals, organizations, themes, events, ideas, works of art and literature, and more. Alphabetically arranged entries cover popular-culture and women’s history subjects— film; television; music; radio; comics and graphic novels; visual and performing arts; festivals; technology; cyberculture and online social networking; video games; sports and recreation; fashion and appearance; advertising; consumer products (including toys and games); transportation and travel; and food and diet.

Articles will vary in length from 500-2,500 words for entries on specific topics. The Encyclopedia of Women and American Popular Culture will also include a number of ancillary features, including overarching introductory essays and a detailed bibliography.

We are seeking contributors for articles. All contributors will receive full authorial credit, a modest cash honorarium and/or copy of the full encyclopedia set (depending on contribution length and contributor preference).

If you are a Ph.D. candidate, professor, or independent scholar interested in contributing to this exciting and important reference project, we would be happy to email you a prospectus with a full description of the project—with deadline, compensation, and other pertinent information. Please contact Editor at Please write “Call for Contributors” in the subject line of your email and attach your CV and a recent nonfiction writing sample, preferably a published book review or encyclopedia article.

Pop Culture Editor


Fashion in Fiction – The Dark Side

October 8 – 10, 2010
Drexel University
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Philadelphia, PA.

Roland Barthes proposed that fashion was not a just an industry, but also a set of fictions. Barthes did not wish to ignore the economic function of fashion, but rather underline fashion’s mythic dimension and suggest that fashion is a language in itself. Fashion and fiction have long existed in close proximity; writers have been driven by their experience of fashion and fashion has been developed through and by literary tropes. What makes dress and fashion such a fascinating subject for writers? How are fashion’s mythologies constructed and disseminated through fictional texts? How does fashion relate to art, popular culture, business, the body, consumer studies, and those who might read it as a form of text?

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate the role that fashion has played in our culture. These “mini-narratives” can include fiction, non-fiction, cultural and historical studies, and other types of comparative, descriptive and/or empirical research. In particular, it will examine the dark side of fashion discourse, assessing the role, function, and purpose of clothes, fashion movements, style, and image in creating narratives within narratives. The dark side of fashion can include such obvious topics as gothic, punk, the color black, and vampires. Other topics that have traditionally been viewed as “dark” include polyester fabric, couture knock-offs, deviant fashion advertising, sweatshops, and child labor. Authors are also encouraged to define their own meaning of “dark”.

Papers fitting the conference theme are sought from those engaged in the fields of fashion studies, social sciences, humanities, creative writing, media, cultural studies, design, philosophy, and business.

Papers, work-in-progress and workshop proposals are invited.

Possible topics may include but not limited to:

* gothic
* feminist versus feminized discourses in fashion and display
* animated texts
* fashion in crime fiction
* graphic novels
* the semiotics of fashion
* historical fiction
* queer readings of fashion
* mystery
* textiles
* the color black
* marketing
* the body/body image
* consumer studies
* new media
* script and cinematic texts
* metaphor/metaphorical fiction
* subcultural style

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2010

Submission Process: Those interested should send an abstracts of no more than 500 words. Everyone will be notified of acceptance by June 1, 2010.

Peer Review: All abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Those abstracts accepted for presentations will be published online as well as in the conference proceedings.

Paper Submission for Possible Publication: Those interested in having their papers published may submit the entire manuscript for possible book publication.

Please send abstracts to Joe Hancock at


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    August 2, 2011

    Textiles and Politics
    Textile Society of America 13th Biennial Symposium

    Abstracts Due: October 1, 2011

    The Textile Society of America invites paper proposals for its upcoming symposium, Textiles & Politics, to be held in Washington, D.C. September 19-22, 2012. We seek presentations from all textile-related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, including but not limited to anthropology, art, art history, conservation, cultural geography, design, economics, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, marketing, mathematics, political science, and theater. TSA encourages both organized sessions and individual papers from scholars, researchers, artists, gallery and museum professionals, and others from around the world. Symposium proceedings will be published early in 2013.

    The theme of Textiles & Politics befits the symposium venue in the U.S. capital and will generate a lively discussion about the ways politics influence the aesthetics, production, materials, uses, and myriad other aspects of textiles.

    For further information about the 2012 symposium, TSA membership, and to submit a proposal, please visit:

    Michele Hardy,
    TSA Director of External Relations

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