1st Global Conference: Fashion - Exploring Critical Issues

Venue: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 25, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 25, 2009
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1st Global Conference Fashion - Exploring Critical Issues Friday 25th September - Sunday 27th September 2009 Mansfield College, Oxford Call for Papers Fashion is a statement, a stylised form of expression which displays and begins to define a person, a place, a class, a time, a religion, a culture, and even a nation. This inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary conference seeks to explore the historical, social, cultural, psychological and artistic phenomenon of fashion. Fashion lies at the very heart of persons, their sense of identity and the communities in which they live. Individuals emerge as icons of beauty and style; cities are identified as centres of fashion. The project will assess the history and meanings of fashion, evaluate its expressions in politics, music, film, media and consumer culture; determine its effect on gender, sexuality, class, race, age and identity; and explore future directions and trends. Papers, presentations, workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes: 1. Understanding Fashion ~ Fashion, style and chic ~ Fashion and Fashionability; Fashion as Zeitgeist ~ History of Fashion 2. Philosophies of Fashion ~ Principles of Fashion ~ Fashion Theory ~ Fashion and Ideology ~ The Politics of Fashion ~ Ethical Issues in Fashion 3. Cultures of Fashion ~ Fashion Cultures ~ Fashion in the City ~ Fashion icons ~ Men and fashion ~ Children and fashion ~ Pets and fashion ~ Fashion and sports 4. Fashion and Identity ~ Fashion as defiance ~ Self-Fashioning and Body Art (body modifications, including make-up, hair design, piercings, tattoos, body sculpting, plastic surgery) ~ Gender, Sexuality and Fashion of the body ~ Class, Race, Age and Fashion ~ Fashion and Religion 5. Fashion and Representation ~ Fashion and Fashion and Pop Culture (eg., celebrity, fashion icons, reality TV programming (e.g, Project Runway and its imitators) ~ Fashion and Film, ~ Fashion and Music ~ Fashion and role-playing or fantasy 6. The Future of Fashion ~ Trends ~ Designing Fashion ~ The Business of Fashion ~ Fashion cycles ~ Shopping and Consumerism: Fashion Markets- fashion and beyond: designer furniture, designer architecture Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged. The 2009 meeting of Fashion - Exploring Critical Issues will run alongside our project on Multiculturalism and we anticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers considering the problems or addressing issues of Fashion and Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging. Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 17th April 2009. If an abs