Call for Papers / Designs for the 2014 Fashion And Gender SYMPOSIUM May 1-2, 2015, St. Paul, Minnesota

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This symposium is the fourth in a symposium series entitled “Fashion And … ” connecting fashion with other themes of importance in today’s world. Members attending the symposia of Fashion And… examine the interconnections and intersections of fashion in today’s world.

Crane (2000, p. 16) noted that “fashionable clothes are used to make statements about social class and social identity but their principle messages are about the ways in which men women and men perceive their gender roles or are expected to perceive them.” Thus, for our fourth symposium we focus on relationships between fashion and gender.

We are interested in providing opportunities to share research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and designs that explore and investigate issues related to gender  and fashion. As there are many phases to fashion from ideation, design, production, distribution, sale, consumption, and ultimately disposal, there are many instances where gender issues are evident in the formation of fashion. From where designs originate (e.g., who is the designer and who gets credit for the design), to gender roles within production and sales (e.g., who is working on the sales floor or in corporate headquarters at what jobs works in the fashion industry), to gender roles within marketing (e.g., divisions into men’s stores/departments vs women’s stores/departments, objectification of people in fashion advertising ), and gender roles links to consumption (e.g. shopping is women’s work).

“ Not everyone enjoys having to fit into the gender roles society assigns us based on the clothing we wear but it can be surprisingly tricky to find something to fit your body that does not fall into these traditional categories”  Lorraine Smith, 2011

Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, and design presentations, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and gender. The symposium has an inclusive definition of the term “fashion”. While fashion is often understood to center on apparel choices, fashion can be recognized as the current style or way of behaving in any field.

Thus, proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies among others to examine interconnections and intersections between fashion and gender. This symposium provides the opportunity for academics, researchers, graduate, and undergraduate students to exchange research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and creative designs addressing the interrelationships between fashion and gender.


Symposium Participation: You are invited to participate in this symposium by submitting a written abstract detailing research, an abstract of innovative teaching strategy, a design, or a proposal for a panel of speakers addressing some aspect of fashion and gender. The official conference language is English. All accepted abstract submissions will be published in the conference proceedings. Symposium formats include poster sessions, design work, concurrent design/research/teaching presentations [15 - 20 minutes], and panel sessions [60 minutes]. Panel or collaborative presentations are encouraged. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Historical views on gender in fashion
  • Subcultural style(s) and gender
  • Communicating gender identity
  • Gender, power, and fashion
  • Sexuality and fashion
  • Gender equality and fashion
  • Self-sexualization, fashion, and women
  • Sexualization of childhood
  • Male identity and fashion
  • Contesting gender difference in fashion
  • Bodies, body work, and gender
  • Gender comparisons in apparel consumption
  • Objectification and fashion
  • Body image issues and gender
  • The fashion workplace and gender issues
  • Gender equality within the fashion industry

 Important Dates:

January 9, 2015: All proposed submissions for the symposium (designs, abstracts, panels) due and received. Abstracts are in final form (there will be no opportunity for authors to make changes prior to publication in proceedings so please proof and edit carefully).

February 15, 2015: Notice of acceptance emailed to corresponding author and copyright forms sent to corresponding authors for proceedings. Online registration opens [general $225; students $100; late registration $300]

February 28, 2015: Copyright forms due to

March 20, 2015: Draft of symposium program posted on symposium website (

April 15, 2015: Hotel room reservations due [unreserved rooms released]

April 15, 2015: Online registration closes (early bird rates) May 1-2, 2015: Symposium (on site registration cash or check only)


See the conference website for further information:

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 65,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Designcalls is 4 years old!

This blog started on 8 October 2009, so we’re officially four years old (that’s an eternity on the Internet :-)

To date, there have been over a quarter million hits on the site’s 522 posts, and it has over 1,300 followers.  Thirty-six other people have contributed posts to this blog besides me.

I think this is great, and I’d like to that everyone who has contributed – either as an author or a reader – for making this blog a success.  I look forward to more great stuff in the coming year.

Fil Salustri

Announcement: filtering posts to avoid dubious publishers

I have been made aware of Jeffrey Beall’s excellent list of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”  As the number of obvious fly-by-night publishers increases (exponentially, these days, it seems) so too does the risk that academics will end up with a weakened publication record if they fall for this scam.

So I will be checking publishers associated with CFPs that I might post here against Beall’s list.  If the publisher is on the list, the CFP will not be posted here.  I would encourage all my co-authors and readers to keep an eye out.  No one’s perfect, and something might get past me.  If you notice something weird in any of the CFPs posted (with respect to Beall’s list), please let me know by email and I will investigate.

2012 in review – Thanks Everyone!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 73,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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This blog is now three years old!

It wouldn’t exist without all the authors who contribute to it, and the hundreds of people who follow it, so this is a celebration for all of us!

In the last three years, this site has been viewed over 190,000 times, and has over 900 followers.  It’s very gratifying to know that, once in a while, even I have a good idea. :-)  Thanks everyone!

Call for Expressions of Interest: Guest Editor – 2013 IDEA Journal (March 2012)

Launched in 1999, the IDEA JOURNAL is an international refereed journal dedicated to the publication of interior design/interior architecture research and as such provides a valuable resource to the discipline and associated design and theoretical fields.

The IDEA JOURNAL is central to IDEA*s objective to foster, publish and disseminate peer reviewed interior design/interior architecture research. The journal recognises and promotes interior design/interior architecture as a research activity relevant to its field where the definition of research includes research about design, research for design as well as research through design. To this end, the IDEA JOURNAL invites a range of contributions related to interior design/interior architecture research.

The role of Guest Editor is supported by:

  • the Executive Editor
  • the IDEA Editorial Advisory Committee who provides critical advice regarding research agendas for the journal and oversees the double blind refereeing process and the final selection of papers and contributions;
  • the External Advisory Committee who provide advice and feedback;
  • the Electronic Publications Editor.

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Two years of DesignCalls – thanks again!

Yesterday, 15 Oct, was the 2nd anniversary of this blog.  I remain extremely gratified by the response and I’ll continue to do the best I can.

For the record, we’re nearly at 116,000 views and we now have 365 subscribers.  You can refer to a previous thank you note from earlier this year to note the tremendous growth over the last 10 months or so.

Once again, thanks to everyone.


300 subscribers!


I was just notified by Wordpress central that this blog now has 300 subscribers!

That’s great news, and I’m very gratified to find that it seems this idea is appreciated by the design community.

Please note that if you would like to contribute to this blog yourself, you can: make sure that your CFPs are posted in a timely manner help get more CFPs posted; and give me a bit of a break. :-)

To find out how to contribute, visit the About page for this blog.

A note of thanks!

Since it was started in October 2009, this blog has been hit over 55,000 times and has 29 actual subscribers from all over the world (France, Thailand, Australia, India, USA, UK, to name a few – even Canada!).  The hit rate has been climbing slowly ever since it started.  I also know that the Design Society uses this blog to help build it’s own list of events, and I’m most gratified by that.

I would note that I’m happy to add other authors to this blog; besides the purely selfish goal of lowering the number of posts I make myself, I’d like to think this is one way that we can all work together.

The bottom line is this: thanks!


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