Upcoming Event: Fashion + Politics / Fashion Praxis at The New School


Lecture: Susan B. Kaiser
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street

Friday, February 28, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
Please refer to program details below.

Initiated by Dr. Hazel Clark in conjunction with the MA Fashion Studies Program within the College of Art + Design History + Theory, Fashion + Politics: Fashion Praxis is a lecture and symposium that celebrates the interdisciplinary work produced at The New School, and provides the unique opportunity to connect scholars, artists, students, and faculty across disciplines and the world. The symposium is also supported by The New School student group, the Dress Practice Collective, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

To kick off the event, Susan B. Kaiser, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Textiles and Clothing, and the Cultural Studies Graduate Group, University of California, Davis, gives an introductory public lecture on the evening of Thursday , February 27 entitled “Fashion Conditions: Praxis through Place.” Following the lecture, a cocktail reception in the adjacent Lang cafeteria celebrates the symposium and the release of the second issue of BIAS: Journal of Dress Practice, a publication produced by the student-run Dress Practice Collective.

The following day, Friday, February 28th, current graduate students introduce and initiate conversation between participating faculty members across disciplines within The New School. The pairs will engage in 15-minute conversations in front of an audience of students and faculty, using Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (1958), Chapter 1 in particular, as a point of departure. With Arendt’s text as a conceptual framework, the faculty present research, discuss their work, and think through the potential of what “fashion praxis” and “praxis” more generally might mean across disciplines, fields, practices, and realities. Q&A follows each conversation.

This symposium continues the conversation initiated by the Dressing in a Dangerous World symposium in the spring of 2012, and is part of a wider exploration of the relationship between fashion and politics at The New School.

Symposium Program
Friday, February 28

Hazel Clark, Professor, Design Studies and Fashion Studies and Research Chair of Fashion, School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT), Parsons The New School for Design
L.H.M. Ling, Assoc. Professor, International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School for Public Engagement
Facilitated by Cayla O’Connell, MA Fashion Studies Candidate 2014

Francesca Granata, Ass. Professor, Fashion Studies, ADHT, Parsons
Ken Wark, Professor, Culture and Media Studies, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
Facilitated by Colleen Siviter, MA Fashion Studies Candidate 2015

Sara Kozlowski, Ass.Professor, Fashion Design, School of Fashion, Parsons
Rachel Lifter, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Fashion Studies, ADHT, Parsons
Facilitated by Susana Aguirre, MA Fashion Studies Candidate 2014

Lauren Downing Peters, Research Scholar/Fellow, Parsons
Lisa Rubin, Chair and Assoc. Professor, Psychology, The New School for Social Research (NSSR)
Facilitated by Laura Peach, MA Fashion Studies Candidate 2014

Christina Moon, Ass. Professor of Fashion Studies, ADHT, Parsons
Laura Liu, Ass. Professor, Urban Studies, Lang
Facilitated by Lauren Sagadore, MA Fashion Studies Candidate 2015

Fiona Dieffenbacher, Ass. Professor, Fashion Design, School of Fashion, Parsons
Mark Larrimore, Assoc. Professor, Religion, Lang
Facilitated by Erika Butler, MA Fashion Studies Candidate 2015

Shelley Fox, Donna Karan Professor of Fashion; Director, MFA Fashion Design and Society, School of Fashion, Parsons
Ben Lee, Professor, Anthropology, NSSR
Facilitated by Nicole Rivas, MA Fashion Studies Candidate 2014

Pascale Gatzen, Assoc. Professor of Fashion Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons
Carin Kuoni, Director/Curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School for Public Engagement
Facilitated by Sara Idacavage, MA Fashion Studies Candidate 2014

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