The Languages of Fashion: Style, Expression, and Identity

deadline for submissions: 
May 24, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA)
contact email: 


NEW DATES November 15-17 ◆Westin Peachtree Plaza◆ Atlanta, Georgia 


The Languages of Fashion: Style, Expression, and Identity


Co- Chairs: 

Dr. Loretta Clayton, Middle Georgia State University

Dr. Marylaura Papalas, East Carolina University


This panel explores fashion as a system of language, expression, production and consumption. Examining both textual and graphic representations of fashion, we seek papers that engage with the 2019 SAMLA conference themes of language, power, identity and relationships. Approaches that examine how fashion, dress, design and style are a means of exercising and maintaining power, forging identity, and affecting relationships are welcome. Papers on gendered dressing, (un)fashionable identities, anti-fashion, and various kinds of fashion (or fashionable) relationships during the Victorian, Modern, or contemporary eras are welcome. We also encourage submissions that examine sartorial themes in literature, theater, art, film, photography, design, periodicals, digital media, and other aesthetic modes of expression. Questions that might be addressed include: 

  • What are the languages of fashion and what do they communicate? In addition to textual and visual, what other expressions of fashion exist?  
  • How effective is fashion as a form of power? What are the movements and social formations showing meaningful connections between aesthetics and politics, particularly as related to dress and style? 
  • How have artists and writers incorporated fashion and dress in their work as a means to express identity, both on a personal and on a collective level?
  • How has fashion shaped relationships or emerged as an important component of relationships? 


By May 24, 2019, please send abstracts of 250-500 words along with AV requests and short bio to both Loretta Clayton, Middle Georgia State University, at and Marylaura Papalas, East Carolina University, at