deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Lise Sanders
contact email: 


Co-editors: Ilya Parkins (UBC) and Lise Shapiro Sanders (Hampshire)

Abstracts are invited for a special issue of Feminist Theory on Fashion Media. This will be a companion to a special issue of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies on ‘Fashion in the Magazines’.

Fashion and related media are remarkably germane to some of the most exciting directions in contemporary feminist criticism and theory. For example, with its uniquely complex relationship to history, the present, the new and the now, fashion has much to contribute to critical conversations about temporality. The materiality of dress and fashion make it an excellent site in which to apply feminist new materialisms. The unique emotional resonance of the form and the affective qualities of its mediation offer provocative connections to affect studies. These paired special issues on Fashion Media will facilitate these connections, and address a relative feminist critical silence about fashion media that persists even as fashion studies has burgeoned.

Whereas the JMPS issue on Fashion in the Magazines will focus on the period from 1880 through the 1950s, this special issue of Feminist Theory on Theorizing Fashion Media will allow for careful consideration of a range of conceptual issues raised by fashion-related media, from print magazines to visual and digital culture, from the 1960s to the contemporary moment. Exciting theoretical conversations are currently afoot in periodical studies – about temporality, networks, and affect, for example – and can enrich feminist debates about these topics. Likewise, recent scholarship in media studies offers an opportunity to think productively across formats and platforms. We aim to source contributions that might, for instance, theorize the relationship of fashion media to the social ferment of the 1960s (the ‘sexual revolution,’ the global New Left, decolonial movements, and civil rights, feminist, and gay liberation movements), the emergence of fashion-related television in the 1980s, the development of international editions of major fashion magazines, the ascendancy of digital fashion media in the new millennium, and fashion’s mediation on social networks. The Editors will prioritize feminist theoretical work that considers the intersections of multiple identity categories, and work that engages locations in the Global South.

Prospective contributors are invited to submit a 500-word abstract and a brief bio to Ilya Parkins (ilya.parkins@ubc.ca) and Lise Shapiro Sanders (lsanders@hampshire.edu) by April 1, 2019. Selected contributors will be invited to submit full articles by January 1, 2020. Solicited articles will undergo a full double-blind peer review process and be published in late 2021/early 2022.


Editor biographies:

Ilya Parkins is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus. She has published extensively on fashion, femininities, and feminist theory.

Lise Shapiro Sanders is Professor of English Literature and Cultural Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her scholarship focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature, women’s history, film and media studies, and consumer culture.