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IPOL 2016 : In Pursuit of Luxury Conference 2016


When May 6, 2016 - May 6, 2016
Where Graduate Center 365 5th Ave New York, NY
Submission Deadline Feb 1, 2016

Call For Papers

The debate surrounding luxury is far from new. The traditional definition of luxury as 'anything unneeded' is neither helpful nor relevant in today's markets. Much of the theorising and controversy over luxury from the time of the ancient Greeks through to the nineteenth century, focused not simply on attempts to prevent the accumulation of material wealth and goods but also to regulate them. Today the term exists in a far more diluted and less politically charged form. It is no longer a debate between the 'haves' and 'have nots'. Luxury has become both a commendable and widely obtainable need or necessity.

What do we understand by the term luxury and can it or should it be applied to luxury branded goods today? Does contemporary branding allow such goods to remain 'luxurious' even though they have been mass-produced? What do the terms such as 'value', 'consumerism', 'fashion', 'taste' or connoisseurship' really tell us about modern spending habits?

By discussing the history of luxury against the backdrop of contemporary issues, a familiar debate is extended into unfamiliar contexts. In this new and dynamic juxtaposition of two seemingly unrelated market cultures, significant inter-relationships are proposed and explored.

This conference intends to expand the parameters of the debate around the concepts of luxury to provide a refreshing context to construe the familiar debates surrounding the subject.

Learn more about the expected themes and strands of the conference and the process for abstract submission at our website