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The Uniform: Symbols of Power, Propaganda and Organisation in Popular Culture

Online (Australia)
Organization: Popular Culture Research Network at the University of New England, Australia
Categories: Interdisciplinary, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy
Event Date: 2023-04-20 Abstract Due: 2023-01-31

PopCRN (UNE’s Popular Culture Research Network) hosting a virtual symposium exploring uniforms in popular culture to be held online on Thursday 20th April 2023.

This symposium aims to interrogate the ways that uniforms are used to in popular culture. We invite papers which examine uniforms of every type, from the formal to the informal, from military to sports and school uniforms. We welcome papers from researchers across the academic spectrum and encourage papers from postgraduate researchers and early career researchers. Presenters will have the opportunity to publish a refereed journal articles in a special symposium edition of Clothing Cultures.

Topics can include, but are not restricted to:

  • "I always did like a man in uniform. And that one fits you grand. Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" – romancing the solider
  • "It is always an honour to put on a uniform" – the emotional effects of inhabiting the uniform
  • "I was just lucky to have a uniform" – access to uniforms and status in popular culture
  • "When I’m relaxed, jeans and a shirt are my uniform" – quasi and informal uniforms
  • "If you put on the military uniform, you’re a prima facie hero" – the transformative power of the uniform
  • "Am I still in uniform? Then I ain’t retired" – Age constraints of the uniform
  • "School uniforms? Ain’t nobody got time for that" – rejecting the uniform
  • "Women in Uniform" – gendered aspects of uniform
  • "Freaks in Uniform" – subverting the uniform
  • "They should have never given us uniform if they didn't want us to be an army" – the uniform of rebellions
  • "Just because I wear a uniform doesn't make me a girl scout" – misinterpreting the uniform
  • "Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white?" – emotional labour and the care of the uniform
  • "Three Lions on My Chest" – national symbols embedded in uniforms
  • "Would I do anything to disgrace this uniform?" -  uniform as a moderator of being
  • "So, why aren't you wearing uniforms like real superheroes?" – Uniforms as essential to identity
  • "It's the uniform, or the man in the uniform?" – conflating identity of the person with the organisation
  • "Should we not come to school until we can buy new uniforms?" - The exclusionary power of a uniform­
  • "Excuse me, but that's not a baseball uniform!" – The social expectations of uniform design

Please email abstracts (200 words) to popcrn@une.edu.au by 31/1/2023. Please include your name, affiliation, email address, title of paper and a short biography (100 words