CFP: Fashioning Fiction (grad) (UK) (3/10/06; 5/27/06-5/28/06)

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Fashioning Fiction (grad): University of Stirling (UK)=20
Abstract Deadline: 03/10/06
Conference Dates: 05/27/06 =96 05/28/06=20

=91What a strange power there is in clothing=92 =96 Isaac Bashevis Singer

Clothes serve more than a practical purpose; they communicate identity. Ou=
r choice of clothing aligns us with cultural, religious and national groups=
. Clothing enables us to perform gender, conceal and transform the body, w=
hilst facilitating our self-fashioning. From the monk to the punk, clothes=
, and the way we wear them, provide us with a sense of belonging and a feel=
ing of individuality.
The conference invites proposals for papers lasting no longer than twenty m=
inutes from post-graduate students from all area of the Arts and Humanities=
. Papers should focus on the representation of clothing and the adornment =
of the body. Possible topics are listed below, although papers are free to=
 interpret the conference theme in any way they see fit.

 Disguise and Concealment=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=
 Masks and Veils
 Religious Dress and Ceremonial Clothing
 Transformation and Self-Fashioning=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20=20
 Fetish Clothing, Corsetry and the Physical Manipulation through Clothing
 Tattoos and Body Piercing
 Plastic Surgery and Prosthetics
 National Dress
 Uniforms and Work Clothing
 Costume in Performance Studies
 Cross-Dressing and Gender Constructions=20
 Nudity and Eroticism

The deadline for abstracts is the 10th of March 2006, and we would ask that=
 the abstract is approximately 250-300 words, and is sent by email to Amy P=
alko, Kerstin Pfeiffer, and Elizabeth Andrews at
We can confirm that our plenary speakers are Dr Catherine Spooner from the =
University of Lancaster who has published _Fashioning Gothic Bodies_ for Ma=
nchester University Press, and Dr David Murphy from the University of Stirl=
ing, who has published widely on African - particularly Senegalese - cultur=
e, and on the relationship between Francophone and Postcolonial Studies. =
More information on both plenary speakers, the conference, and Stirling, ca=
n be found at

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