CSA Scholars’ Roundtable Honor

The CSA Scholars’ Roundtable recognizes those who exemplify high standards in costume scholarship and charges them with leading a National Symposium event that stimulates consideration and discussion of an issue pertaining to costume scholarship.

The Scholars’ Roundtable was formed in 1997 to enhance costume scholarship, taking it in innovative and interdisciplinary directions through a program at the CSA National Symposium. Presented in various formats throughout the years, under the current format a complex or potentially contentious topic relating to the field of costume studies is chosen for disscussion each year. Three to four scholars, selected for their varied insights, experiences, and viewpoints regarding that topic, each briefly explore aspects of the subject and then encourage attendees to join the discussion.

Scholars’ Roundtable 2017

Touch is the primary means by which we come to understand cloth and clothing.”

Alexandra Palmer[1]

The wearing and handling of garments is a sensual and tactile experience. The texture, weight and hand of cloth cannot be appreciated except through touch, and yet our encounters with clothing have become largely mediated by screens. In the digital age, technology can be both a friend and a foe in the classroom, since it makes the world smaller in opening visual access to collections, but it can also be a distraction during lectures. More and more students begin their fashion studies not knowing how to sew, and hand-on experiences using historic artifacts are becoming less and less common. It can be hard to convince students and faculty that it is worth their time and effort to study a real object when they can instantaneously have virtual access on their laptop or mobile device. The dialectic between the hunger for fast fashion and the desire for unique craftsmanship and luxury highlights ethical dilemmas and has also resulted in shifting career paths for graduates. This Scholars’ Roundtable is intended to encourage a discussion about student engagement, evolving career paths, and the ethical dilemmas that arise from our mediated experience of cloth and clothing through screens.

[1] Alexandra Palmer, “Untouchable: Creating Desire and Knowledge in Museum Costume and Textile Exhibitions.” Fashion Theory 12 no. 1 (2008): 32.

Nominees should be those who:

  • are members of the Costume Society of America
  • have particular experience in or insight into an aspect of the selected scholarly issue
  • are interested in considering and debating the issue from many angles
  • have done or who are doing innovative work in the field of costume
  • are willing to work collaboratively and help to lead a dynamic discussion

Nominees will be evaluated on:

  • particular insight into, knowledge of, or experience with the issue to be discussed
  • complementary contribution to those of other scholars to ensure a multi-faceted discussion
  • high standards of innovative scholarship
  • demonstrated critical thinking about scholarly ideas and approaches
  • potential to work collaboratively to create a stimulating presentation
  • ability to help lead a dynamic discussion
The Scholars’ Roundtable Committee selects the topic for the next National Symposium and solicits nominations for scholars to discuss that issue. Nominations for 2017 are due by December 15, 2016, and each nominee submits an abstract and supporting paragraph by January 15, 2017. Nominees will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by February 15, 2017. Selected roundtable scholars then work together with the Scholars’ Roundtable Chair and Committee to coordinate brief presentations from each panelist and ensure a stimulating discussion.
  • Self nominations are accepted. If nominating another, please obtain the potential nominee’s consent if possible. Submit the nominee’s name and contact information to the Committee Chair. The committee contacts nominees, who by December 15, 2017  submit a 200-word abstract of their five-minute presentation along with a paragraph explaining how their experience and/or scholarship has prepared them to take a leadership role on the panel.
  • Jean Parsons and Sara Marcketti

    Jean Parsons
    University of Missouri
    129 Stanley Hall
    Columbia, MO 65211

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Nominations for the 2018 Scholars’ Roundtable are due by October 16, 2017.

Past Recipients

Denise Nicole Green
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Virginia Heaven
Columbia College
Chicago, IL

Abby Lillethun
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Ingrid Mida
Ryerson School of Fashion
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jo Paoletti
Chair, Scholars Roundtable Committee

Virginia Heaven
Columbia College
Chicago, IL

Sara Hume
Kent State University Museum
Kent, OH

Deborah Kraak
Independent Museum Professional
Wilmington, DE

Ingrid Mida
Ryerson Fashion Research Collection
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jean Parsons
Associate Professor, Department of Textile and Apparel Management, University of Missouri
Columbia, MI

Sara Marcketti
Associate Professor, Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management; Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University
Ames, IA

Dr. Kimberly Chrisman Campbell
Dr. Jo Barraclough Paoletti
Petra Slinkard

Sara Marcketti
Christina Johnson
Dr. Ann B. Wass

Dr. Elizabeth J.W. Barber
Cynthia Cooper
Mark D. Hutter

Anne Bissonnette
Marilyn DeLong
Howard Kurtz

2009 – 2010:
Hiatus of Scholars’ Roundtable

Tina Bates
Joseph Hancock
Gayle Strege

Catherine Amoroso Leslie
Jean Parsons
Dennita Sewell

Hiatus of Scholars’ Roundtable

Sandra Buckland
Jacqueline Field
Elaine Pedersen

Hiatus of Scholars’ Roundtable Honor

Hiatus of Scholars’ Roundtable Honor

Nancy Bryant
Edward Maeder
Charlotte Jirousek
Laurel Wilson

Joanne Eicher
JoAnn Stabb
Sally Helvenston
Margaret Spicer
Naomi Tarrant

Patricia Anawalt
Beverly Chico

Patricia A. Cunningham
Jane Farrell-Beck
Valerie Steele

Linda Baumgarten
Claudia Brush Kidwell
Elizabeth J. W. Barber
Joy Emery

Jean Druesedow
Jo B. Paoletti
Phyllis Tortora
Patricia Campbell Warner
Linda Welters