Dr. Chloë Rae Edmonson : An Instagram Experiment in #Fashion and #Pedagogy
This installation encapsulates one of Chloë’s “sartorial experiments” as a femme woman in academia. For her Theatre in New York City class during NYU’s January Term 2019, she curated a look around the themes of each class meeting (which met Monday through Thursday). She used her outfits to spark daily thematic conversations. Additionally, she shared each look on Instagram, with a short description of its significance. This experiment grew out of Chloë’s frustration with the double-standards of personal appearance and gender performance in academia; throughout her career, she has consistently received advice from peers and mentors to “be less feminine and youthful” and “be more serious.” The implication, of course, is that to be feminine and youthful is to be unserious and thereby unscholarly. LOL, whatever!
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Chloë Rae Edmonson will begin her position as assistant professor of Theatre at the University of Central Florida in Fall 2019. She holds her PhD in Theatre from the CUNY Graduate Center (2018) and her MA in Performance Studies from NYU (2012). Her research analyzes the development of immersive theatre and performance in New York City and Orlando, focusing specifically on the sale, advertisement, and consumption of alcohol within immersive experience design. She loves fashion and hopes that her installation for this conference can open up feminist and/or queer dialogues about clothing, gender performance, and positive social media use within the academe.