The Space Between: Psyche, Body, Skin, Environment

Friday 3rd February 2017 – 9:30 am – 18:30 pm – Lecture Theatre 1

Royal College of Art, London, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2EU

Symposium Schedule

9.30 – 10.00 – Registration 

10.00-10.15 – Welcome and Introduction by Dr Azadeh Fatehrad and Nathaniel Dafydd Beard

10.15- 11.15 – Keynote Speaker – Dr Fataneh Farahani, Stockholm University, Sweden


11.15- 11.45 – Refreshments


11.45 -13.00 – Protection: Between Dress and Shelter

Dr Azadeh Fatehrad, Royal College of Art, UK.

Boudoir: Covered Women in Iranian Society (1979- present).

Victoria Geaney, Royal College of Art, UK

Vital Matter: Growing Living Materials

Lindsay D’Arcy, Royal College of Art, UK

Energy Enhancement Apparel

Lauren Downing Peters, Stockholm University, Sweden

Fashioning the Flesh: Rethinking Plus-size Dress, Discourse and Embodiment


13.00-14.00 Lunch (Not Provided)


14.00-15.30 Psyche: Between Perception and Display

Colleen Schindler-Lynch, Ryerson University, Canada

Metaphorical Armor

Jamie Khoo, University of York, UK

Are We What We Wear or ‘What’s Underneath?’: How Clothing Conceals or Reveals an Authentic Self

Ana Carolina Minozzo, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

The Face of Anxiety: Digital Life, Style, and the Self


15:30-16.00 – Refreshments


16.00-17:30 – Intersection: Between Body and Skin

Sarah Casey, Lancaster University, UK

Hidden Drawers: A Case Study in Drawing Royal Underwear

Dr Natalie McCreesh, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Tattoos and the Female Gaze

Despina Zacharopoulou, Royal College of Art, UK

Wearing my Own Skin: Representations of the Naked Body as ”Garment” and Power Dynamics in Performance Art

Caroline Collinge, Cabinet of Curiosity Studio, UK

Katagami in Practice: Waves


17:30-18:30 – Drinks and Networking



References and Further Reading:

Ahmed, Sara and Stacey, Jackie, Editors (2001) Thinking through the Skin, London and New York, NY: Routledge.

Amir-Ebrahimi, Masserat. (2008) ‘Transgression in Narration: The Lives of Iranian Women in Cyberspace.’ Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, Special Issue: Innovative Women: Unsung Pioneers of Social Change (Fall 2008), pp. 80-93 & p.89.

Benthien, Claudia, Trans. Thomas Dunlap (2002) Skin: On the Cultural Border Between Self and the World, New York, NY and Chichester: Columbia University Press.

Brüderlin, Markus and Lütgens, Annelie Lütgens, Editors (2011) Art & Fashion: Between Skin and Clothing, Bielefeld: Kleber.  [Exhibition Catalogue] (Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg 5th March 7th August 2011)

Copjec, Joan. (2006) The Object-Gaze: Shame, Hijab, Cinema. Filozofski Vestnik, Volume XXVII, Number 2, 2006, p.26.

Doy, Gen. (2001) Drapery: Classicism and Barbarism in Visual Culture. London:
I.B.Tauris. pp. 118-121 & pp.153 & 195.

Hadimioglu, Çagla(2010), ‘Black Tent’, TEXT, Online source: http://www.text-revue.net/revue/heft-8 [last accessed 12 November 2015 ].

Hodge, Brooke and Mark Lisa, Editors (2006) Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, London and New York, NY: Thames and Hudson Ltd.

Horn, Marilyn J. and Gurel, Lois M. (1981) The Second Skin: An Interdisciplinary Study of Clothing, Third Edition, Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Motahari, Morteza. (1986) The Problem of Hijab. Tehran: Basir Publication, p.29.

Naficy, Hamid. (1999) Veiled Version/ Powerful Presence: Women in Post’
Revolutionary Iranian cinema in ISSA, R and WHITAKER, S. Life and Art: The New Iranian Cinema. p.53.

Skin Tight: The Sensibility of the Flesh, Chicago, IL: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago [Exhibition Catalogue]

Watkins, Susan M (1995) ‘Clothing: The portable environment,’ in The Design Process, Ames IA: Iowa State University Press.

Warwick, Alexandra, and Cavallaro, Dani (1998) Fashioning the Frame: Boundaries, Dress and the Body, Oxford and New York, NY: Berg.

Wiggins, Colin. (2008) Alison Watt: Phantom. London: National Gallery. pp. 20- 23.