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Dr Ilya Parkins

Gender Institute

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Dr Ilya Parkins

Visiting Fellow 

Gender Institute

Email: i.parkins@lse.ac.uk|

Room: COL.5.04K, Columbia House, LSE

Dr. Ilya Parkins is a Visiting Fellow in the Gender Institute for Michaelmas, Lent, and Summer Terms, 2013-14. She is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus. Ilya is a specialist in contemporary feminist cultural theories, early twentieth-century Western cultural formations, and fashion studies. She is the author of Poiret, Dior and Schiaparelli: Fashion, Femininity and Modernity, and co-editor, with Lily Sheehan, of Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion. Ilya’s research has appeared in such periodicals as Australian Feminist Studies, Time and Society, Topia, Women’s Studies, and Biography

Research Interests

  • Feminist social and cultural theories
  • Fashion and dress
  • Theories of modernity 
  • Early twentieth-century cultural formations
  • Femininities

During her tenure at the Gender Institute, Ilya is working on a project entitled A Cultural Politics of Unknowable Femininity, 1910-39, which foregrounds a transnational analysis of images of women as unknowable across several domains of feminized mass culture. The project is funded by a four-year Insight grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 

Publications

  • Poiret, Dior and Schiaparelli: Fashion, Femininity and Modernity. London: Berg, 2012
  • “Territories of Knowledge and Nostalgia in Modern Fashion Designer Life Writing.” In  Fashion in Popular Culture: Literature, Media and Contemporary Studies, ed. Joseph Hancock, Vicki Karaminas and Toni Johnson-Woods. London: Intellect, 2013: 103-20.
  • (with Lara Haworth) "The Public Time of Private Space in  Dior by Dior." Biography  35, no.4 (2012):628-49.
  • Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion. Ed. Ilya Parkins and Elizabeth M. Sheehan. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2011.
  • "Elsa Schiaparelli and the Epistemology of Glamorous Silence. Topia 25 (2011): 20-25. 
  • “Fashion as Methodology: Rewriting the Time of Women’s Modernity.”  Time and Society 19, no. 1 (2010): 98-119.
  • “Building a Feminist Theory of Fashion. Karen Barad’s Agential Realism.”  Australian Feminist Studies 23, no. 58 (2008): 501-15. 
  • “Teaching Fashion and Feminist Theory: The Pedagogical Project of Ambivalence.”  Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy 12, no. 2 (2007-08): 67-82.
  • “Feminist Witnessing and Social Difference: The Trauma of Heterosexual Otherness in Vera Brittain’s  Testament of Youth.”  Women’s Studies 26, no. 2 (2007): 95-116.
  • “Fashion, Femininity, and the Ambiguities of the Modern: A Feminist Theoretical Approach to Simmel.”  Georg Simmel in Translation: Interdisciplinary Border Crossings in Culture and Modernity, ed. David D. Kim. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.
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