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[Commlist] cfp: The Inclusive Turn: Fashion's ‘Other’ Bodies

Mon Jul 08 23:00:21 GMT 2019

*Call For Papers*

The Inclusive Turn: Fashion's ‘Other’ Bodies
AAANZ Conference, Auckland, 3-6 December 2019.
Ngā Tūtaki – Encounter/s: Agency, Embodiment, Exchange, Ecologies.

Paper proposals are welcomed for Conference Session - The Inclusive Turn: Fashion's ‘Other’ Bodies

The 21st century fashion industry has embraced what might otherwise be expressed as ‘The Inclusive Turn’. Moving beyond the archetypal fashion model (tall, slim, white), corporal variations are now appearing on the runway and in media campaigns. Historically marginalised bodies—non-white, nonbinary, transgender, older, plus-size, and differently-abled—are beginning to receive recognition, propelling the agentic capacity of fashion’s ‘Other’ bodies to represent themselves, and be represented. With organisations like the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) now routinely running ‘Diversity Reports’, fashion designers are coming under increasing pressure to revise their practices for greater inclusion, translating the rhetoric of diversity into action through production. In addition to industry scrutiny, the expansion of fashion from the traditional centres toward the peripheries has increased global investment and interest in fashion, necessitating broader visions of diversity and inclusion. In this panel, extended, productive dialoguesthat question the barriers leading to diversity and inclusion in fashion practice, broadly defined, are encouraged. Multidisciplinary papers exploring the possibilities, challenges and problematics of achieving this aim are therefore welcomed. Papers will address topics that include, but are not limited to: Adaptive/accessible fashion; analyses of fashion media and/or exhibitions; body positivity; decolonising fashion; the economics of inclusivity; size-inclusive fashion; feminist/queer interpretations of diversity in fashion; idealised bodies in fashion history; historical precedents of diversity in fashion; modest fashion; and,
visibility and representation.

250-word paper proposals that reflect one or more of the topics indicated above are welcomed. Papers should present the aim/objectives of the work, the methodological approach, the results, and the conclusion.

Proposals should include:
Name, contact details, institutional affiliation (if applicable)
Bio (max. 200 words)

Please submit proposals to: (l.burton /at/

For Session Format, Paper Submission Process and Submission Guidelines, please visit:

Deadlines & Dates
-2 August 2019: Deadline for paper proposals is 5pm NZST.
-9 August 2019: Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their proposal.


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