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IU Symposium on Dress and Adornment: Call for Papers

IU Symposium on Dress and Adornment
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Call for Papers

Dress and adornment in 19th-century women’s fashion will be explored in an exhibit at the Wylie House Museum during the months of April and May.  Wylie family letters, fashion publications of the time, photographs, and later scholarship are used to put garments and accessories from the Sage Collection and the Wylie House Museum into context.  Wylie House visitors can explore timeless topics such as gendered roles, body image, trend transmission, and technology’s effects on fashion in this exhibit installed throughout the rooms of this historic house museum.

In conjunction with the exhibit at the Wylie House, The Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology presents the IU Symposium on Dress and Adornment to be held on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19.  On Friday at 3 p.m., participants are invited to the Wylie House for a curator’s discussion of the exhibit to kick off the symposium.  On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., faculty and students will present papers on the topics of dress and adornment. These presentations will take place at the Indiana University Memorial Union.

We invite paper abstracts on any topic of dress and adornment. Please submit a 250-word abstract that characterizes the twenty-minute oral presentation you propose to give at the symposium on April 19. Abstracts should accompany a short personal statement about you and your interests. Please email abstracts and personal statements as Word or Rich Text attachments to Suzanne Ingalsbe at by February 29, 2008.

We hope to see you all at the Wylie House on Friday and at the symposium on Saturday.

Jason Jackson, Suzanne Ingalsbe, and Pravina Shukla, Symposium Organizers

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