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February 20, 2022

Call for papers – Prague 2022 The Ritual Power of Clothing

Call For Papers

Abstract submissions deadline

31 March 2022

Notification of the acceptance

30 April 2022


  1. Please note that registration via this CALL FOR PAPERS does not mean a free-of-charge conference registration. Everyone must register and pay for the participation (physical or online) at their own expense via the conference registration form.
  2. For applications, please go to the Conference website and follow the process.

The topic of the Paper sessions for Costume Fashion and Textiles Committee will be

The Ritual Power of Clothing

Rituals are inevitable part of religious, professional and personal life. They grow around the most important social events. We all have to submit to them, more or less willingly. All ritualistic behaviour requires a visual setting. It most important part is clothing. The right choice of garment proves commitment to the ritual and knowledge of the rules that govern it. The ritual power of fashion is the infinite and ever-changing field of researches.

Calendar as follows

HYBRID FORMAT (on-site and online session)

22 August 2022, 16:00–17:30, Prague Congress Centre

23 August 2022, 16:30–18:00, Prague Congress Centre


25 August 2022, Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague


We are going to have a joint session with two International Committees:

GLASS – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Glass

ICDAD – International Committee for Museums and Collections of Decorative Arts and Design

The Power of Collecting and Collections


23 August 2022, 14:30–16:00, Prague Congress Centre

Collecting as a practice and the collections that result from this practice are crucial for museums. Collecting and collections embody power on many different levels – providing insights and basic knowledge, illustrating specific practices of our work to the widest audiences, and forming a basis for contextualizing our world. How have museums, collecting, and collections influenced communities? How have groundbreaking exhibitions impacted museums and collections? We encourage original papers that discuss the practice and results of collecting as powerful tools in the fields of decorative arts and design, glass, and costume.

We hope you are as thrilled as us to participate!