2020 Dress and Body Association Conference Virtually (Un)Dressed: Researching the Body in the Digital Age (online)

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Popular Culture Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

The Dress and Body Association is holding its inaugural conference November 13-14, 2020. Consistent with the long-term goals of the DBA, this conference will be entirely online including keynote speakers, research presentations, and opportunities for virtual events and networking with other scholars. 


Virtually (Un)Dressed: Researching the Body in the Digital Age
Although the digital realm is in many ways disembodied, it is also an important site for political activism and for building social networks and communities. Many users know that digital images and videos are frequently curated and sometimes manipulated, yet online media is saturated with iconic images. As we have seen with movements such as body positivity, Occupy, the Women’s March, Black Lives Matter, etc., this imagery of bodies and dress profoundly shapes public sentiment. It can also impact research by creating and limiting funding opportunities, changing trajectory/ies for scholars, and challenging the status quo. 


Although the DBA seeks to create a conference with a diversity of different topics and disciplines, all abstracts that relate to dress and/or the body will be given serious consideration.For consideration, please submit by August 15, 2020. Authors will be notified of acceptance by mid-September 2020. Abstracts must be written in English, but presentations may be given in other languages if there is sufficient interest among panelists. 

Contact Info: 

Dress and Body Association