Stockholm University breaks fresh ground as the new academic discipline of Fashion Studies is established and a new professorship is announced.
Critical analyses of fashions role in society have revealed its significance as a cultural phenomenon. Recent academic studies have cited fashions contributions to visual culture, gender studies, art history, material culture and cultural studies, crucially highlighting fashion as a key factor in the formation of identity. In recent decades, fashions complex meanings have been interpreted and quantified by researchers, scholars and theorists, subsequently revealing its credibility as a legitimate academic discipline.
Fashion Studies will contribute to the universitys existing post-graduate programmes in History of Art, Cinema Studies, Literature, Theatre Studies, Ethnology, Media and Communication, History of Ideas, Cultural Studies and Gender Studies. Fashion Studies will be inter-disciplinary in scope and engage with practitioners in Architecture, Product Design, Social Psychology, Textile Technology, New Media and in the fashion business itself. These collaborations are intended to reveal new interpretations of the body, highlight clothings role as a communicative device, explore fashions consumption of cyberspace and physical space, and chart fashions gradual interface with technology.
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