Critical Fashion Studies Conference

University of Melbourne, 27-29 February 2020

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The aim of this conference is to build academic research and industry networks to address a range of themes relevant to the future of fashion, including: sustainable and ethical fashion production and consumption; fashion start-ups and economic sustainability; corporate models of social responsibility and transparency; "slow" fashion and new economies of value; critical femininities and the feminization of fashion production and consumption; fashion entrepreneurs in South-East Asia and the Pacific; and local and global labour practices.

Hosted by the Critical Fashion Studies research collective in the School of Culture and Communication, at the University of Melbourne, the conference will include keynote lectures from established international scholars and fashion industry panels, as well as academic papers from postgraduate students, early career researchers, and scholars working on fashion from a range of disciplines and methodologies.

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Conference program overview

Thursday 27 February 2020


Conference Open


Panel – Labour Practices

Chair: Dr Shelley Marshall (RMIT)


Parallel Sessions


Keynote Lecture: Associate Professor Ilya Parkins (University of British Columbia)

Feeling Like a ‘Badass Bride’: Wedding Apparel and Feminist Moods


Parallel Sessions


Parallel Sessions


Day One Close

Friday 28 February 2020


Day Two Open


Panel – Ethics, Sustainability and the Economies of Scale

Chair: Dr Lisa Heinze (University of Sydney)


Parallel Sessions


Parallel Sessions


Parallel Sessions


Parallel Sessions


Panel – Circularity and the Future of Fashion

Chair: Dr Harriette Richards (University of Melbourne)


Reception – details TBC

Saturday 29 February 2020


NGV Opens


Keynote Lecture: Dr Toby Slade (Bunka Gakuen University and Keio University)

The Great Waves of Fashion in Japan


Conference Close

Keynote speakers

Associate Professor Ilya Parkins
University of British Columbia

Dr Toby Slade
Bunka Gakuen University and Keio University

Industry-engaged panels

Labour Practices
Chair: Dr Shelley Marshall (RMIT)

Ethics, Sustainability and the Economies of Scale
Chair: Dr Lisa Heinze (University of Sydney)

Circularity and the Future of Fashion
Chair: Dr Harriette Richards (University of Melbourne)

Conference fees and registration

All fees include attendance at the conference for all three days. The unwaged categories include, for example, students (including HDR) and retirees.

Registrations need to be paid by 13 February 2021.

  • Full conference (3 days) – Waged – $120
  • Full conference (3 days) – Unwaged – $90

PRESENTERS: All presenters need to register for the conference and pay the appropriate fees.

ATTENDEES: If you would like to attend but are not presenting we ask that you register and pay the appropriate fees. These costs are to cover catering for the event.

Register for the Conference

Register for the Toby Slade Keynote at NGV

Venue – the University of Melbourne

All conference sessions will be held in Arts West – North Wing (Building 148A) of the University of Melbourne Parkville campus, next to the Baillieu Library. University Map

(Excluding Dr Toby Slade’s keynote, which will be co-hosted with the NGV and held in the Clemenger Auditorium, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road.)

Getting to the University of Melbourne

Accommodation options

Please contact the following hotels directly to enquire and book.

The rates provided below are indicative; please confirm the rates, inclusions and cancellation policies when you book.

Rydges on Swanston

701 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053
13-minute walk to conference venue
Rates from $180 – $235
Located in the heart of the Melbourne University Precinct and minutes away to central Melbourne, Rydges on Swanston is the perfect choice for business and leisure accommodation, functions, meeting and events. Enjoy views across Lincoln Square Gardens and Melbourne CBD skyline while perfectly located to enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer.
Conference delegates can access the University of Melbourne corporate rates ($170-$208) by telling Rydges you are visiting the University for this conference during the booking process.

Quest Carlton on Finlay

2 – 9 Finlay Place, Carlton VIC 3053
10-minute walk to conference venue
Rates from $155 to $230
Quest Carlton on Finlay offers guests a relaxed and comfortable stay in serviced apartment-style rooms. Quest Carlton on Finlay is centrally located in the heart of Melbourne’s ‘Little Italy’, 10-minutes from University of Melbourne. It is also a 10-minute walk from the Melbourne CBD.

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