Laurie Brewer (Associate Curator, Apparel Design) was recently invited to participate in the Costume Society of America (CSA) Scholars’ Roundtable, which recognizes those who exemplify high standards in costume scholarship and charges them with leading a National Symposium event that stimulates consideration and discussion of an issue pertaining to costume scholarship.
The Scholars’ Roundtable was formed in 1997 to enhance costume scholarship, taking it in innovative and interdisciplinary directions through a program at the CSA National Symposium. Presented in various formats throughout the years, under the current format a complex or potentially contentious topic relating to the field of costume studies is chosen for discussion each year. Three to four scholars, selected for their varied insights, experiences, and viewpoints regarding that topic, each briefly explore aspects of the subject and then encourage attendees to join the discussion. Laurie Brewer, Associate Curator at the RISD Museum has been invited to participate.
In conjunction with this year’s conference theme, Making Connections: Manufacturing Knowledge Through Dress Studies, the 2018 Scholars’ Roundtable will examine questions, concerns, critiques, and productive possibilities regarding the role of human labor in the manufacture of dress, costume, fashion, identity, and history. To what degree is labor made (in)visible? How is labor exploited and/or celebrated? Are we adequately addressing the ethical complexities of labor in our teaching and research? How might labor become a powerful epistemological tool in the classroom?
The Costume Society of America’s 44th Annual Meeting and Symposium will be held on 13th to 16th March, 2018 at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.