Call for Papers for Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures Conference, Zagreb 17-19 July 2018

 Individual academic paper, panel contributions, round table discussion and Pecha Kucha presentation proposals are invited for the inaugural Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures conference to be held at the University of the Zagreb in Croatia, 17 – 19 July 2018.

Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures is an international, interdisciplinary conference which aims to bring together established and emerging academics and practitioners in order to explore key issues, theoretical debates, new methodologies and case studies exploring fashion and costume design and their distinct, yet simultaneously symbiotic relationship within contemporary visual cultures. 


Themes include, but are not limited to:


• Film, fashion and consumption

• Fashion, style and popular culture

• Fashion and star-celebrity culture

• Fashion cities and street style

• Fashion branding, promotion and advertising

• Established and emerging fashion designers

• Costume designers and makers


• Costume and performance

• Skin as costume

• Costume and identities

• Digital fashion films

• Fashion & photography: advertising, editorial and fine art

• Fashion on and beyond the catwalk

• Fashion and costume in the museum

T• he blockbuster exhibition


• Fashion and art

• Fashion in painting, illustration and graphic design

• Fan cultures & pilgrimages

• Cosplay

• Subcultures

• Queer fashion

• Fashion and performance art


Throughout the conference there will be visits to arts and cultural venues, together with opportunities for networking and publishing. Presenters at Fashion and Costume in Visual Cultures will be encouraged to develop their papers for publication in a number of Intellect journals, including Film, Fashion & Consumption, and Fashion, Style & Popular Culture. Journal editors will be working closely with strand convenors and a full list of Intellect journals is available at: 

Submissions for all strands will be subject to peer review. Proposals for individual presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length, and those for panels limited to 90 minutes. Round table discussions, video projections, Pecha Kucha and poster presentations are welcomed in addition to formal academic papers.


Proposals comprising a 250-word abstract, your full name, affiliation, and contact details (as a Word .doc attachment) should be submitted to Sarah Gilligan and Petra Krpan at:

Please note, the conference will be held in English. 

Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail.




Closing date for abstracts: 23 February 2018

Acceptance letters (via email): 16 March 2018

Abstracts & draft programme available & registration opens: 27 April 2018


Early Bird Discount ends: 25 May 2018

Conference registration closes: 15 June 2018

Final version of programme available: 29 June 2018. 


Conference fee: Early bird / students: 200 Euros (TBC). Standard rate: 250 Euros (TBC). The conference fee includes coffees, lunches and an evening reception & buffet. 

Additional tourist / cultural events may be charged separately. 

Please note: the conference committee will be working in co-operation with the European Popular Culture Association, with the aim of aligning the dates for the Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures conference so that delegates have the potential to also present at EUPOP 2018 in Prague.

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