Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Fashion Tales 2020

Invited Speakers


Dr Djurdja Bartlett is Reader in Histories and Cultures of Fashion at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, where she directs the Transnational Fashion Hub. She is also member of the research centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN, UAL). Bartlett is editor of the book on Fashion and Politics, to which she also contributes the essay ‘Can Fashion Be Defended?’ (Yale University Press, 2019). She is author of FashionEast: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism (MIT Press, 2010), editor of the volume on East Europe, Russia and the Caucasus in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010), and co-editor of Fashion Media: Past and Present (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). Bartlett’s new monograph European Fashion Histories: Style, Society and Politics (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) has been funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship grant.


Wessie Ling is Professor of Transcultural Art and Design at London Metropolitan University. A trained cultural historian and artist, she uses academic writing and visual art practice to examine transculturality, globalisation and the production of fashion. Author of Fusionable Cheongsam (2007), she co-investigated the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, UK) project, Writing and Translating Modern Design Histories in East Asia for the Global World (2012-4).

She has written widely on the making of Chinese fashion with entries to Bloomsbury’s Encyclopedia of East Asian Design (2020). Her co-edited book volume and special journal issues include Fashion in Multiple Chinas: Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape (2018), Modern Italy on “Italianerie”: Transculturality, Co-creation and Transforming Identities between Italy and Asia (2019) and ZoneModa Journal on Global Fashion (2019).

For more info see www.wessieling.com




Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué is an interdisciplinary feminist historian of Africa who is particularly interested in how constructions of gender inform the comportment and performances of the body, religious beliefs, and political ideologies.

She is Assistant Professor of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches Introduction to African Popular Culture, Gender and Sexuality in Afrofuturism and Africa through Comics and Graphic Fiction. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of History at Baylor University (2013-2019).

Mougoué is the author of Gender, Separatist Politics and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon (University of Michigan Press, 2019).

For more info see https://jacquelinebethelmougoue.com



Mathilda Tham is Professor in Design at Linnaeus University, Sweden. She is a member of the board of Mistra, the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden. Her work sits in a positive, creative and activist space between design, futures studies and sustainability. Originally a fashion designer, today Mathilda’s work is concerned with the design of futures scenarios for new ways of engaging with fashion, the design of processes of change and shared learning experiences, and the design of new research methods.