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A decade of challenges and possibilities: Establishing fashion studies at Stockholm University
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, Fashion Studies.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: International Journal of Fashion Studies, ISSN 2051-7106, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 169-180Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article offers a recount of the establishment and the development of the Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden, inaugurated in 2006. The centre, which was initially located in conjunction with the Department of Art History and later at the Department of Media Studies, has often been referred to as the very 'first' fashion studies institution ever to be positioned within the university (and not within a design school context). The article reflects on the possibilities, challenges and difficulties that creating and developing a space for a 'new' field have entailed - both within the local context (in this case, a rather traditional university context) and within a larger scholarly context (which, to a large extent, is dominated by Anglo-American institutions). Where does one look for inspiration? With whom does one create alliances to be able to offer a solid fashion studies ground (when there is none)? Also, how does one create curricula that both include and deviate from the 'canon' of previous fashion studies so that the Anglo-American dominance becomes less prominent?

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2018. Vol. 5, no 1, p. 169-180
Keywords [en]
academic establishment, fashion studies, Stockholm University, Anglo-American dominance, canon, visual and material culture, humanities and social sciences
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Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158171DOI: 10.1386/infs.5.1.169_1ISI: 000436135600012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158171DiVA, id: diva2:1234190
Available from: 2018-07-23 Created: 2018-07-23 Last updated: 2018-07-23Bibliographically approved

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