After Queens: Power, Body, Theatricality held at the English Seminar in June 2009 (organisation: Elisabeth Bronfen and Barbara Straumann, Universität Zürich) the two-day symposium Fashionable Queens will focus on the fashioning and representation of queen-like femininities. The current cooperation between the departments of English and Sociology seeks to give space to academic discourse beyond disciplinary boundaries.

The purpose of this symposium is to discuss fashion as a socio-political arena where notions of gender, class and power are being negotiated. Aiming at an exploration of fashion’s hybrid nature between mediality and materiality, we have invited some of the leading theorists and practitioners in the field of fashion and fashion studies to take part.