the conference


the conference

Join us downtown at Enterprise Square for the Opening Plenary with reception to follow

World Time and Chinese Fashions during the Maoist Era

Antonia Finnane
University of Melbourne


The clothes on our backs...

are intimately connected with bodily experiences, cultural, social and gender portrayals. Economies of fashioning and re-fashioning demonstrate multiple priorities across place and time. The materialities of fashion are shaped by global flows of cloth and beads, furs, ready-made and second-hand apparel, in dynamic processes of exchange.


Pasold Conference 2016  |   7-9 July 2016   |   University of Alberta   |
This international conference will showcase new research on the centrality of dress in global, colonial and post-colonial engagements, emphasizing entangled histories and cross-cultural analyses. 


The Program

The Program

Conference Program

Costume Society of America, Western Region, Goes Global - Sunday 10 July 2016

Conference presenters will be limited to twenty minutes with questions to follow.
A full suite of multimedia equipment will be available for use (pc computer).
Mac users will be able to plug in to the projector.


Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers

World Time and Chinese Fashions during the Maoist Era - Antonia Finnane
Professor, School of Historical & Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Author of Changing Clothes in China: Fashion, History, Nation

Global Fashion Encounters & Africa: Affective Materialities in Zambia - Karen Tranberg Hansen
Professor Emerita. Department of Anthropology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University
Author of Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia

Colonial Cosmopolitan: Dressing Up in Spanish America - Dana Leibsohn
Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art, Department of Art, Smith College 

Principal Organizers

Principal Organizers

Principal Organizers:

Beverly Lemire, Department of History & Classics, University of Alberta lemire@ualberta.ca

Giorgio Riello, Department of History and Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick pasold.research@warwick.ac.uk






We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support:


The China Institute

The Costume Society of America Western Region


Museums and Collection Services, University of Alberta

The Pasold Research Fund, UK

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

University of Alberta


Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Themes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Cross-cultural practices and patterns of dress and / or body adornment
  • Production and distribution of clothing
  • Gendered and ethnic shaping of dress practice
  • Fashion politics of dress in globalizing contexts
  • Circulation and re-use of dress and dress idioms
  • Design in globalized contexts
  • Representations of clothing cultures
  • Appropriation / acculturation of designs, materials, motifs
  • Dress in colonial / post-colonial contexts

Submission Requirements:

For individual speakers: a 200-word proposal and a 1 page CV

For full panels: a 200-word panel rationale, plus 200 word proposals for each panel participant along with their individual 1 page CVs.

 We especially welcome themed panels, maximum three speakers but individuals papers are welcomed as well.

Send all submissions to: dgb.conference@ualberta.ca

Deadline for submissions: 1 October 2015.

Acceptances of papers to be announced: 1 December 2015.