Call for Papers
Costume Society of America — Midwest Region
Annual Symposium and Meeting
September 20-21, 2013
The Midwest Region of the Costume Society of America seeks original presentations on topics
of Uncommon Beauty.
Potential presenters will respond with topics that emerge from seeing beauty with an open mind and an open eye. This could include
inquiry into the urban, the "fringe," the utilitarian, the ethnic, the diverse, the modern, and the very individual. Topics are generated
by interest in current or historical fashion, the body, and garments.
Your original as well as your traditional academic approaches to presentation of information and images will create an uncommonly
inspiring weekend of inquiry and exchange. Uncommon methods of presentation are encouraged, including poetic and literary elements.
Garment makers are welcome to present applied and three-dimensional research.
Topics are also sought for exploration in the Ideas Theater, which will provide an informal venue to engage attendees in lively
discussions about issues that matter to you now. Spotlight-worthy submissions may include research dilemmas, teaching methods,
interpretive strategies, and theater costume or fashion design processes. Although poster presentations and slideshows will be
considered, topic presenters are encouraged to consider hands-on activities, quick surveys or games, dance or role-playing, and
other imaginative scenarios to involve participants.
Requirements: Proposals are invited for 20-minute oral presentations and Idea Theater topics. Abstracts must be no longer than two
typed, double-spaced pages, including endnotes. The top of the first page should include only the title (no names). All proposals
should include a cover page with working title, name, address, telephone number, email address, and professional affiliation. Please
identify your proposal as an oral presentation or Idea Theater topic.
The organizers encourage papers from established professionals, early career scholars, independent researchers, garment makers,
and students. Please identify student papers on the cover page.
Abstracts are due by April 10, 2013, to Jacqueline WayneGuite at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the symposium, contact Caroline Bellios at email@example.com