Affective Fashion(s)

Session Convenors:

Roberto Filippello, Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh

Alessandro Bucci
, Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh

Session Abstract:

Since the ‘affective turn’ that occurred in the mid-1990s, the term ‘affect’ and its conceptualisations have been embraced by various humanistic disciplines to contribute to the ontological description of reality, hence sanctioning a deeper intellectual interest in the material body. In these contexts, the theoretical frameworks and methodologies of affect spread in reaction to the alleged inability of poststructuralism to properly account for the role of the body in the formation of human subjectivity.

This session seeks to foreground the uses of ‘affect’ in the analysis of fashion. This pursuit might permit, on the one hand, to grasp how bodily sensations are mobilised and come to matter in everyday practices of self-fashioning, both individual and institutional; on the other, to unpack how specific affects that are circulated across fashion media representations are revealing of the cultural systems in which they are embedded. Thus, through the lens of affect, our aim is to raise questions about the ‘structures of feelings’ informing fashion design, its processes and its representations.

We welcome contributions that include, but are not limited to:

  • emotional design: how fashion designs can convey emotions
  • phenomenological experiences of self-fashioning in everyday life and media representations
  • affect and technology: how new technologies in the production of garments, photographs, and films impact our sensorium
  • affective publics: how fashion media resonate with, and contribute to shaping, audiences
  • affective embodiment of racial and sexual difference in fashion media
  • the affective component in fashion curatorial practices: producing and experiencing ‘atmospheres’
  • uses of affect in fashion historiography.

To offer a paper
Please email your paper proposals direct to the session convenors, details above.

Provide a title and abstract (250 words maximum) for a 25-minute paper (unless otherwise specified), your name and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper because it will appear online, in social media and in the printed programme.

You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks from the session convenors.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 5 November 2018

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