Trans/national Clothing: Production and Consumption (Sep 2011, Bath UK)

Location: Bath Spa University, Bath, UK
Dates: Thursday 1st-Sunday 4th September 2011
Contact: Dr Jo Turney j.turney@bathspa.ac.uk
Deadline for Submissions: 1 July 2011

A three-day conference, workshop and discussion group addressing issues in the production and consumption of transnational clothing in the World Heritage City, Bath.

Themes for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothes produced in one country for consumers in another country (Top Shop t-shirts)
  • Clothes produced for local consumers but exported (retail, smuggling, second-hand)
  • Clothes that typify the culture of one country to consumers in another country (African prints marketed to African-Americans)
  • Clothes that, while produced locally, link the wearer to the culture of another country (clothes made for colonialists in India; clothes worn by British Muslims)
  • Cultural fusion and bricolage (T-shirts with English slogans made for Indian consumers)
  • Appropriation of cultural symbols (Arab keffiyehs and Maori tattoos as fashionable motifs)
  • Regional and national fashions (Soviet fashion; Arabic fashion, Nordic fashion, etc) and the significance of National Identity through dress.

Send submission of abstracts by July 1st and any further enquiries to Dr Jo Turney j.turney@bathspa.ac.uk.

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About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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