Upcoming Symposium

The Costume Society of America’s
44th Annual Meeting and Symposium
March 13-16, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
The Conference Center at the Williamsburg Lodge

Hosted by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and The College of William and Mary

Making Connections:
Manufacturing Knowledge through Dress Studies

This symposium celebrates dress studies as a catalyst to wider communities of learning, research, and creative exploration.  We forge new connections as dress studies connects across time, profession, and interest. We manufacture knowledge by “making” intellectual connections with other disciplines and “making” physical connections between clothing and the hands/body that create it.  We invite the submission of abstracts that explore the exciting range of collegial relationships that are produced when dress studies and the discovery processes of “making” and “connecting” are recognized separately and as they are seamed together.  How does our understanding of costume evolve or change when we physically make it ourselves or study it through unconventional avenues?  What can we learn by making connections between “embodied” research and more traditional forms of academic inquiry?  What connections do these contributions make to the future of our field?

Colonial Williamsburg Hotels

Williamsburg Lodge
Deluxe: $158/night
Superior: $137/night

Enjoy a relaxing hotel escape in the heart of the Revolutionary City. Just steps from the action, the inviting lodge boasts a world-class restaurant and convenient access to spa and golf recreation amenities.  Breakfast is available for purchase at the restaurant or the grab-and-go station in the lobby.  To book online, click here.


Woodlands Hotel & Suites
Suite: $117/night
Standard: $96/night

Boasting the ideal blend of comfort and convenience, the Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites is the perfect starting point for your stay in Colonial Williamsburg.  It is located next to the Visitor Center, about a mile away from the conference center at the Lodge.  You can enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast that is free for all Woodlands guests.  To book online, click here.


To make reservations at either location by phone, call 1-800-261-9530 between the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday through Friday; tell them you are with Costume Society of America and use the booking code 38189.

Rooms are limited, so book early.  If rooms are not available online, please call the 800 number.  Reservations must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 12, 2018.

There will be complimentary self-parking for all symposium attendees at the Williamsburg Lodge and valet is available there for a fee.  Access to the fitness center at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and the Woodlands fitness room and outdoor pool will be complimentary to the guests of those hotels.  Wi-Fi will be complimentary in the guest rooms.  For budgeting purposes, rooms are subject to state/local taxes.



Download the Registration Brochure, which includes the schedule, information about fees, and instructions (NOTE: this is a large file so it may take a few minutes).

Register Online: early bird registration through January 31, 2018; registration closes on February 27, 2018.

Please review the schedule and instructions in the brochure carefully before registering online. Keep in mind that “Sessions” as denoted in the online registration system refer to sponsorships, fee-based tours, fee-based workshops, and the fundraiser event. You are not required to register for individual concurrent and plenary sessions. There are two Available Session pages–click on “2” to see the second page before clicking on “next” to continue the registration process. Please note: all pre-conference tours require registration for a Colonial Williamsburg ticket; if you plan on attending those with additional fees (noted in brochure) you must also register for them in the system.


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