AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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Focusing on the North American context, this seminar explores specific instances of religion, attire, and adornment, as well as theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and dress. Religion and dress includes a wide range of expressions, including not only clothing but all forms of bodily adornment: hairstyle, jewelry, cosmetics, scents, bathing, tattooing, and more. Many religions prescribe and proscribe various forms of dress in both sacred and secular settings, but beyond basic questions of who, what, and why that are prompted by such religious rules, this seminar is especially interested in exploring connections between religious dress and meaning-making. We also seek to move beyond dress as merely a sign or communicator of meaning to attend to the materiality of dress itself, and the ways it shapes bodies and selves. All scholars are invited to contact the chair to express interest in participating in the seminar.
For 2017, we invite papers related to the theme of religion, dress, and fashion in North America, including but not limited to: conflicts between religiously-sanctioned dress and cultural fashion norms; religious ideations of fashionable dress; and biographies of objects/artifacts showing the connections between religion and fashion.