Call for Papers: 


Textual Fashion: Representing Fashion and Clothing in

Word and Image

3-day international conference at the University of Brighton

8th , 9th and 10th July 2015 


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 19 January 2015 and we anticipate confirming those we wish to include by 2nd March 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 – Textual Fashion: Representing Fashion and Clothing in Word and Image, Brighton, 2015

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