Monday, July 01, 2013

If The Shoe Fits: Footwear, Identity and Transition: University of Sheffield

If The Shoe Fits: Footwear, Identity and Transition is a research project by sociologists at the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The idea came when it was realized in folk tales and storytelling shoes were repeatedly used as change agents to transform characters. Examples abound in traditional fairy tales and the convention has been carried into modern storytelling and retail marketing . From Cinderella to selling sports gear the shoe metaphor remains unsurpassed and hence the researchers wanted to find out why this was so as well as explore the contribution footwear makes to people’s real life identities. The findings form an exhibition and documentary called ‘If the Shoe Fits.’ The short film was made by Sheffield Vision. To mark the end of the three-year research project If the Shoe Fits: Footwear, Identity and Transition, the department are hosting an interdisciplinary symposium in conjunction with the Centre for Gender Research. The symposium is designed to investigate the dressed body in social and cultural contexts with a concern to deepen understandings of identity as an embodied process and will be held on the 17th July. To register and to view the full program please visit the project website.

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