The conference for Dyes in History and Archaeology will be taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, on October 30 and 31 2014. It's number 33 in the series, and the call for papers is currently open. Abstracts have to be submitted by May 30. There's a website, but it's not including the current CfP. If you are interested, send me an email or leave your email address in the comments, and I can forward you the contact data and template.
And a second CfP that reached me with the request to spread widely, so I will just paste it here:
Call for Papers,
Annals of Leisure Research, Special Issue: THE DRESS ISSUE
Prof Alison L Goodrum, Department of Apparel, Manchester Metropolitan University, England
According to Entwistle (2000: 6) “all
people dress the body in some way, be it through clothing, tattooing,
cosmetics or other forms of body painting. To put it another way, no
leaves the body unadorned but adds to, embellishes, enhances or
decorates the body”.
In this scholarly definition, even Nudists and Naturists, although eschewing material items of clothing, are
dressed, be this in the form of, say, a splash of perfume, a slick of moisturiser, a necklace or a goatee beard.
This Special Issue takes this expansive definition of
dress and explores its application to, and significance within, Leisure
The links between dress and leisure are multiple, longstanding, and range across time and space.
In the 1920s, for example, French couturière, Coco Chanel,
gave utilitarian jersey fabric a high fashion ‘spin’, endorsing its
easy-to-wear qualities as a motif for modern living.
And, today, stretchiness and comfort remain as important material properties in both active- and leisurewear.
While certain leisure pursuits call for ‘dressing down’
and the wearing of decidedly non-specialist dress, other leisure
activities demand modes of dress that are strictly policed and/or
On a cultural note, sports-based communities such as
‘Bikers’, ‘Skaters’ and ‘Surfies’ identify themselves tribally through
esoteric sartorial markers (favouring a particular brand of clothing,
The current resurgence of handcrafting,
knitting and home dressmaking as a cross-generational, fashionable, and
often gender-distinctive, pastime, presents yet a further link between
leisure and dress: one that relates to making-as-hobby. The
vernacular in dress is pertinent, too, to sporting spectatorship. For
example, fans may use make-shift props, face-paints and fancy dress
costuming to display support for individual
players or teams. More generally, sports fans comprise an eager and
profitable cohort of consumers keen to purchase goods relating to their
interests such as replica kits and commemorative garments and
Shopping for fashionable dress and accessories is itself, for some, an all-consuming pastime or passion.
The practice of shopping has altered radically over the
past decade with internet and TV shopping offering alternative routes to
market and, with them, shifts in the consumer experience.
Other alternative sites and spaces for the consumption of
dress include the car boot sale, thrift store, flea market and swap
shop. These informal, often festive or festival-like spaces, move the
consumption of dress from formalised retail
industry into the realm of entertainment.
The Special Issue seeks, then, to
capture, and to map, the diversity and dynamism of the many links
between dress and leisure. The discipline of Leisure Studies
has engaged with these links but has tended to do so in a
haphazard way, touching on dress as an adjunct to, or spin-off from,
larger projects. The proposed Issue will marshal together original
research papers on dress and leisure, an underexplored,
and perhaps under-considered, area in Leisure Studies. The outcome will
be a publication that repositions dress as a central, and significant,
subject in, and for, leisure, whilst simultaneously promoting leisure as
a rich topic, too, for scholars from such
disciplines as fashion theory and dress history. We
welcome paper submissions that address any of the following (and
related) topics on dress and aspects of leisure (as well as relevant
Style tribes and leisure/sporting subcultures and fandom
Performance-, active-wear and technical design in/for leisure and sport
Histories of leisure and dress
Spaces and sites of/for leisure and the performance of dress
Buying, shopping and consumption of dress as leisure, pleasure and/or anxiety
Leisure, sport and the dressed and/or undressed body
Collecting dress, shoes, accessories and bodily adornment/s
Craft, making and the (domestic) production of dress as a leisure pursuit
Leisure, dress and non-conformity/subversion
Important Dates for Authors:
Submission of Abstracts: Please send proposed paper title and an abstract of no more than 250 words to the guest editor, Alison Goodrum (email@example.com)
no later than 21st July 2014. We will advise the outcome no later than 4th
Submission of Full Paper: 2nd March 2015 (further details to be advised upon confirmation of abstract acceptance).
Publication: First issue of 2016 (approximately January)