CFP: Critical Costume 2022


Critical Costume 2022 An international conference and exhibition 17 - 20 November 2022

Theme: Connections

Deadline for applications: 10 June 2022

A three-day online event over multiple time zones

A partnership between Australia (Queensland University of Technology + National Institute Dramatic Arts), Finland (Aalto University) and Brazil (Grafias da Cena Brasil Association)

How does costume create connections?

Costumes build connections and are built through connections - to other artists, between bodies and materials, as well as with audiences and the world around us.

With this theme Critical Costume 2022 aims to unpack the diverse ways in which costume impacts our lives as a creative connective medium. We are interested in hearing about the multiple, maybe surprising linkages and alliances costumes facilitate. These connections, enabled by costume, create and sustain networks of experiences, practices and ideas.

We invite costume practitioners, researchers, and artists working with costume, whether as a performance, installation, community bridge, as research, as a way of thinking, making, or communicating to submit their proposals.

Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Connecting cultures through costume
  • Costume dramaturgies as connective materiality
  • Collaborative connections
  • Alliances and entanglements between bodies, materials and environments
  • Revealing the interrelations between production contexts, processes and outcomes
  • Social, political and creative connections
  • Visible and invisible relations between audiences and costume
  • Affinities between costume theory and practice

Established in 2013, Critical Costume is an international research network focused on the promotion of new costume scholarship and practice (see:

Critical Costume 2022 (CC2022) is the fifth event within the Critical Costume research platform. It will consist of an online conference and a virtual exhibition. Conference presentations will be delivered live, and not pre-recorded.

Submission formats:

Critical Costume 2022 includes the following presentation formats:

  • Academic papers on current research (15-20 minutes);
  • Flash Talks - short presentations reporting on practice (8-10 minutes);
  • A virtual exhibition of artistic work and practice-based research.

In that regard, we invite all interested parties to submit their proposals stating which presentation format you wish to be considered for:

  • Academic paper presentation (title and 300-word abstract)
  • Flash Talk presentations (title and 200-word summary)
  • Artistic work for the exhibition (title and 200-word description)

Note: You are welcome to submit applications for both the exhibition and the conference. All submissions must indicate their relation to the topic of the event ("Connections").

All submissions to the conference will be double blind peer reviewed. Submissions to the exhibition will be peer reviewed and the final exhibition will be curated.

Accepted contributions will be considered for publication following the model established at previous Critical Costume events: for examples, see:

How to submit:

Please send:

  • presentation or exhibition title;
  • 200 or 300 word abstract depending on format;
  • a 50-word biography;
  • max. 2 images (for project-based presentations and/or the exhibition);
  • and an indication of your preferred format (paper, Flash Talk, or exhibition)

by the 10th June 2022 to the following email address:

Event info:

  • The event language is English.
  • The conference convenors reserve the right to suggest a different format depending on submission content and program needs.
  • The exact length of your presentation will be decided after the confirmation of your participation (based on the final program).
  • All delegates attending this 3-day event will need to pay a small registration fee, which will pay for the website development and exhibition hosting amongst other costs.
  • The event will run over the three host countries' time zones in a rolling fashion, which should ensure there are many options to attend sessions at a time that suits you.

Critical Costume 2022 Convenors

Dr Rosane Muniz, Grafias da Cena Brasil

Dr Suzanne Osmond, National Institute Dramatic Arts, Australia

Professor Sofia Pantouvaki, Aalto University, Finland

Dr Madeline Taylor, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Key dates

  • Deadline for the submission of proposals: 10 June 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: 5 August 2022
  • Deadline for sending exhibition materials: 30 September 2022
  • Early bird registration: 15 August - 30 September 2022
  • Regular registration: 1 October - 15 November 2022
  • Preliminary programme released: October 2022
  • Event dates: 17 - 20 November 2022

Questions about the event should be directed to: