Call for Papers: Symposium on Contemporary South Asian Youth Cultures and Fashion

University of the Arts - London College of Fashion

The London College of Fashion will host a symposium on 25th and 26th September, 2014, to explore contemporary South Asian cultures and fashion in relation to youth:

“Dynamic growth and an expanding middle class are making South Asian […] consumers among the most confident in the world. A large part of this includes the increasing consumption of fashion and related products amongst the youth. Whilst there has been some study of South Asian fashion and dressing cultures within history, anthropology (Banerjee and Miller 2003; Tarlo 1996), cinema (Dwyer 2000) and diaspora (Bachu 2004; Mani 2003); there has been little work that has looked at the transnational implication of contemporary changing cultural and economic environments on dressing cultures on the youth in South Asia and its diasporas.  As Tarlo (1996) has argued, dress in India and more largely South Asia is used to instigate change, question national identities and assert power.”

Key Note speakers will include: Rachel Dwyer, School of Oriental and African Studies, and Dr Rajinder Dudrah, the University of Manchester.

Suggested themes for presentation include, but are not limited to:

  • fashion and consumer cultures
  • fashioning youth in cinema /television/music/magazines
  • dress cultures, gender and sexuality
  • fashion, politics and faith
  • South Asian fashion trends and culture in the diasporas
  • dress and fashion as resistance and defiance
  • fashion, media and technology

Deadline for abstracts is March 30th, 2014.

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