Call for Papers: Teaching Fashion and the Body in the University Classroom (2016 Symposium on Fashion and the Body, University of Minnesota)

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Call for Papers
November 20, 2015
Minnesota, United States
Subject Fields: 
History Education, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Humanities, Cultural History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

For the University of Minnesota’s April 2016 Symposium on Fashion and the Body, I am assembling a panel on the subject of “Teaching Fashion and the Body in the University Classroom.” This session will focus on the ways in which instructors craft units, exercises, and assignments which enable students to critically reflect on the intersections between the body and fashion culture, the challenges involved in them doing so, and how instructors productively address those challenges.  My own paper focuses on a social media assignment which I created for my course on U.S. fashion history, in which students blog and Instagram about their experiences with dress, personal style, and embodiment. 

Topics for papers may focus on how educators craft assignments focused on fashion and body image, health, ageing, technology, consumption, body modification, and marketing (though are by no means limited to these subjects.) Submissions from all academic disciplines are welcome.    

You can see the full CFP for the symposium here:

Please submit all queries and abstracts to Holly Kent at by Friday, November 20, 2015.

Contact Info: 

Holly M. Kent, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
University of Illinois-Springfield

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