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Culture, Costume & Dress Conference 5th-7th May 2021

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Birmingham City University Parkside Building

5 Cardigan Street

Birmingham

B4 7BD

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Culture Costume & Dress - The Body Politic: Dress, Identity & Power - exploring the role of dress and the body in the manifestation of power

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The Dress in Context Research Centre is pleased to announce its third international conference. This year’s theme will be the role of dress and the body in the manifestation of power, whether through fashion, history, literature, or other fields.

The role that dress plays in power and politics has been a common thread throughout history and across cultures. Certain aspects of dress are sufficiently well-established signifiers of status that they provide a shorthand to convey power (or the lack thereof) in life, literature, art and performance. Many studies have looked at the relationship between dress and power and politics through the lens of their own specific discipline.

The body also provides a vehicle for the manifestation of power, similarly, body modifications, such as tattooing can signal power within groups.

This conference will bring into focus the fundamental principles that underpin their distinct understandings.

By bringing together a range of disciplines and approaches, the conference will provide the opportunity for deeper insight and a qualitatively richer interpretation. Through presentations and discussion, we will explore the many aspects of costume and dress that contribute to the appearance and experience of power, and consider the significance of this for the individual and society.

Conference theme topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Clothing and power in the workplace
  • Sex, dress and power
  • Ceremonial dress
  • Dress in political women
  • The power of style
  • Powerful women and the use of clothing
  • Uniforms and the manifestation of power
  • Fashion and power
  • Politics of the body

For further information go to our website: https://ccd2021.org/conference/

Conference fee includes:

  • Conference programme – detailing Keynotes, paper presentations and panel discussions (pdf/e-version)
  • Book of Abstracts (pdf/e-version)
  • Fringe events - an opportunity for all delegates and speakers to socialise and network in a less formal fashion!

Note that this is an online conference, links to the programme sessions will be sent to registered delegates closer to the time.

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Birmingham City University Parkside Building

5 Cardigan Street

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United Kingdom

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