Fashion Objects and the Changing Landscape of Fashion during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Fashion Objects and the Changing Landscape of Fashion during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Call for Papers

Conference for PhD Students

The Fashion Festival Debrecen Divatfesztivál is a youth fashion festival held in Debrecen, Hungary organized on a yearly basis since 2018 with the support of the Bán Imre Extramural College in Cultural Studies of the University of Debrecen and MODEM, Modern and Contemporary Art Center, Debrecen. In 2021 we are delighted to announce the first edition of our International Doctoral Conference entitled Fashion Objects and the Changing Landscape of Fashion during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The aim of this conference is to explore the challenges and the transformations of the international arena of fashion industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. In our view one of the main issues of the recent period was the return of the fashion object, a sartorial reality which stays in the intimacy of our homes and seeks for new ways of affirmation in online fashion media.

We invite PhD students from the field of fashion studies, social sciences and media studies to participate with papers on the following topics:

  • theories of fashion;
  • fashion and pandemics;
  • fashion consumption;
  • theories of fashion objects;
  • socio-economic processes in contemporary fashion;
  • fashion as cultural industry;
  • challenges of contemporary fashion creation;
  • challenges of contemporary fashion communication;
  • models and patterns of sustainable fashion creation;
  • fashion and media, fashion and social media.

The event will take place on May, 6th 2021 on an online videoconference platform and will be streamed online. During the closing ceremony, each of the participants will receive a certificate of attendance issued by the University of Debrecen. Moreover, pending evaluation of the Scientific Committee, the best paper will be awarded with 50.000 HUF. The organizers provide publication possibility in peer-reviewed journals for selected papers.

Please send your abstracts by April, 8th 2021, written in English to They must contain the name, statute and institutional affiliation of the author/authors, the title of the paper and an abstract of 1.500 – 2.000 characters, along with 5 keywords. The candidates whose proposals are accepted by the Scientific Committee will be notified via e-mail by April, 23th 2021. There is no participation fee.

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