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BIPOC LGBTQ+ individuals posing for the camera. A gay pride flag is seen in the background.

Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design in conjunction with Intellect’s Editors Convention and the journal Fashion, Style & Popular Culture is proud to present our third conference Fashion, Style & Queer Culture, May, 21–22 2021.

In this third Fashion, Style &… we will focus on how fashion and style is portrayed in queer culture. This conference moves beyond fashion as clothes and is broadly interdisciplinary, considering all areas of media, arts and design. Our hopes are not only to engage in issues surrounding queer as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and nonbinary gender ‘umbrella identifier’ but to also examine all areas of the arts, media and areas of design that are in and of themselves considered queer. We welcome all disciplines.

Members of the LGBT community have recaptured the terminology ‘queer’ as it becomes a new area of study allowing LGBTQA to re-examine how we look at lifestyle. But as the queer theorist Thomas Piontek (2006) has discussed – through the prism of identity and its discontents the field (queer) studies modelled itself on other areas such as ethnic studies programmes, perhaps to be intelligible to the university community – this conference aims to see the other interdisciplinary connections and approaches to queer. With the advent of queer theory, there are now many perspectives available that frequently find themselves at odds with the traditional, and while fashion has been one of them, this conference hopes to examine all areas, representations and expressions of queer culture found in style, art, exhibition, religion, education, the humanities, health, medicine, business, social sciences, everyday lifestyles, practice-based disciplines and other various forms that are indicators of this phenomenon. This conference aims to push the envelope of scholarship to gain new understandings about the visual cultural expression of Fashion, Style & Queer Culture representing a wide variety of disciplines, with a particular emphasis on perspectives and approaches.

Intellect Editors Convention

On Friday, May 21 2021 at 12:00–1:30 ET / 17:00–18:30 BST, Principal Editor of Fashion, Style & Popular Culture , Dr. Joseph H. Hancock, II, will lead a webinar discussion on how to develop a successful scholarly journal as part of the Intellect Editors Convention. The event is open to all Intellect Editors and Board Members regardless of discipline. Please contact Journals Manager, Bethan Ball at, if you are interested in attending.



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