CFP: CAA, Enclothed Knowledges: What Do We Know Through Making And Wearing Clothes?

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Call for Papers
September 9, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Theatre & Performance History / Studies, Fine Arts


In his 2017 paper, Ben Barry uses the term 'enclothed knowledge' to capture the multi-modal and multi-sensory knowledges, which acts of wearing and making clothes produce. This panel takes the idea of 'enclothed knowledge' a starting point to examine the role and position of practice-based research in fashion studies. It asks what we know through making fashion objects, images and exhibitions – and how these knowledges might differ from those produced through more traditional academic research practices?

Historically there has been a division in both fashion academia and education between those who study through making and those who study through observation. However, the 'embodied turn', and attendant reorientation of the field has revealed the porous nature of these divisions, the ways that in 'fashion thinking' theory and practice are often intertwined.

In the context of current attempts to define and formalize the field, this panel seeks to critically examine the role of practice-based fashion research in fashion studies. It asks how methodologies of making and wearing clothes intersect with and expand upon current concerns with embodiment, tacit knowledge and the sensory experience of dress.

This panel seeks papers that challenge, interrogate and highlight the ways that research through practice might develop, strengthen and expand the field of fashion studies as it grows.

Chair: Ellen Sampson - Northumbria University, UK

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Ellen Sampson, Senior Vice Chancellor's Fellow, Northumbria University.

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