Call for Papers:

Fashion Thinking – Theory, History, Practice

30th October – 1st November 2014

University of Southern Denmark  

Over the past 20 years, Fashion Studies has established itself as a significant, transdisciplinary field of research covering a range of topics and methodologies.

The conference Fashion Thinking wishes to mark this development with an international conference that explores and challenges the theory, history and practice of Fashion Thinking in it widest sense as paradigms of critical thought and creative practice.

Fashion is here understood both as material objects and the process involved in producing and consuming fashion including logics of gender, age, culture, status and sexuality, within a historical and contemporary context.

Abstracts may describe completed or proposed research. Possible topics within the overall theme of Fashion Thinking, include:

• Fashion thinking, everyday practices and material culture

• Fashion thinking and design history

• Fashion thinking and creative practice

• Fashion thinking, identity and politics

• Fashion thinking and the fashion industry

• Fashion thinking and sustainability

• Fashion thinking before modernity

The conference is organized by: University of Southern Denmark in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, Designmuseum Danmark and Kolding School of Design

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Caroline Evans, Professor of Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins (UK). Her research interests include Twentieth century and contemporary fashion, modernism, visual culture and the history of the fashion shows.

Dr. Joanne Entwistle, Senior Lecturer at King’s College, Culture Media and Creative Industries (UK). Her research interests include the sociology of fashion, dress and embodiment, aesthetic labour and gender.

Dr. Beverly Lemire, Professor of History at the University of Alberta (Canada). Her research interests include economic, social and gender perspectives in relation to material life and cultural practice from 1600 to 1850.

Dr. Cecilia Fredriksson, Professor Lund University, The Department of Service Management (Sweden). Her research interests include the interplay between consumption, production and experience in relation to retail and cultural processes.

Conference language:

The main language of the conference will be English. Submissions in Scandinavian languages are also welcome when papers are accompanied by an English summary. As far as possible, all papers written and presented in Scandinavian languages will be presented in separate sessions.

Submission with abstract:

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words, in Word document format, and the file name should be the submitter’s name only. Abstracts must be received by 1st May 2014 and should be submitted to the following e-mail address: Contributors will be informed of the acceptance of their abstracts in June 2014.

All participants with an accepted abstract must submit full paper of 4.000-8.000 words to the above e-mail for pre-circulation by 20 September 2014. At the conference, 20 minutes will be allocated for the presentation of each paper, followed by 10 minutes of open discussion.

Submission for PhD candidates:

In addition to the key speakers’ presentations and paper presentation sessions, the conference also comprises master classes commented by the key speakers, who will have read all participating papers beforehand. The master classes are primarily dedicated to paper presentations by PhD candidates. However, PhD candidates are also welcome to present in the regular sessions. In the master classes, each oral presentation will last no longer than 15 minutes and will be followed by 15 minutes for commenting by the relevant key speaker and open discussion.

Submissions should be made as described above.

PhD candidates will be credited by 3 ECTS points for contributing a paper to the Mater Class. Participation without a paper will be credited by 0 ECTS points.

General registration (for participants without abstract):

Please send your name, address, academic background or occupation to no later than 1st July 2014.

Conference Fee

1250 DKK (approx. €166) for participants, 1000 DKK (approx. €133) for Ph.D. students and 625 DKK (approx. €83) for students. This includes lunch and coffee. The conference fee is due no later than 1st July 2014.


For questions regarding accommodation, transportation, venue etc. please contact secretary Pernille Dahl Kragh:

For questions regarding submission, papers etc. please contact Trine Brun Petersen:

Organizing Committee

Trine Brun Petersen, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark. E-mail:

Maria Mackinney-Valentin, Associate Professor, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. E-mail:

Marie Riegels Melchior, PhD, Assisting Curator, Designmuseum Danmark. E-mail:

Ulla Ræbild, Ph.D. Scholar, Kolding School of Design. E-mail:

CFP – Fashion Thinking – Theory, History, Practice, Denmark, 2014

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