This course advances understanding fashion as a context for and form of intercultural communication. We will analyze how fashion is shaped by and shapes culture and expressions of cultural identity and thus how it can facilitate intercultural understanding. Taking a global perspective, we will examine how fashion contributes to increased mobility of objects and people and how this creates conditions for intercultural exchange as well as exploitation. Further, we will discuss how heritage and cultural ideas and artifacts become sources of inspiration but also objects of appropriation and contestation. We will thus consider how the legacy of colonialism and notion of difference (including religion and race) shape how we interpret and practice fashion. We will explore how we can promote interactions, cultural exchanges, or cultural consumption that can stimulate understanding and interactions across borders towards social justice and social sustainability. The course aims to enhance students’ knowledge and skills for informed and engaged global citizenship.
-understanding the complex and dynamic nature of intercultural interactions in fashion contexts
- understanding how cultural meanings are created, negotiated, contested, and changed within groups and in interactions among them
- understanding how legacies of past relations such as colonialism and migration shape intercultural relations in the present
- demonstrating proficiency in application of key theoretical concepts to analyses of practices and cases
Lectures, readings, discussions, oral and written reading presentations, and self-directed learning.
- research article group presentation (30%)
- final project including a group presentation and an individual paper (70%)