Fashion Thinking – Theory, History, Practice (Oct 2014, Denmark)

Dates: 30 October – 1 November 2014
Location: University of Southern Denmark
Website: http://www.sdu.dk/en/Om_SDU/Institutter_centre/Idk/Arrangementer/FASHION+THINKING
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 May 2014

Over the past 20 years, Fashion Studies has established itself as a significant, trans- disciplinary field of research covering a range of topics and methodologies. The conference Fashion Thinking wishes to mark this development with an international conference that explores and challenges the theory, history and practice of Fashion Thinking in it widest sense as paradigms of critical thought and creative practice. Fashion is here understood both as material objects and the process involved in producing and consuming fashion including logics of gender, age, culture, status and sexuality within a historical and contemporary context.

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CFP: The Hand and the Machine: Tensions in Interwar Design (SECAC, Sarasota FL – October 2014)

Venue: Southeastern College Art Conference

Dates: October 8-11, 2014
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Website: http://www.secollegeart.org/conference#papers
Deadline for submissions: April 20, 2014

The story is familiar: modernism’s post-World War I fascination with machines and technology – in architecture, industrial design, the decorative arts, and fashion – dissipated in the 1930s, replaced by a valorization of handicraft and a reemergence of the human subject. Where the machine aesthetic dominated design in the early 1920s, artists grew disenchanted with the signs of industry in the 1930s, focusing instead on the human subject, and crafting work to show the “hand” of the maker.  But is this tale of a “return to the hand” universally true? Are there certain mediums or national traditions that trouble the story?  This session solicits papers that examine the precarious dynamics of industry and the hand-made in the applied arts between the wars. We encourage a variety of perspectives within or beyond the powerhouse industrial economies of the West, and we hope, through the breadth of papers, to reassess the standard narrative of interwar design.

Session Co-Chairs: Toby Norris, Assumption College and Rachael Barron-Duncan, Central Michigan University.

Contact: tnorris@assumption.edu

19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference: Design Management in an Era of Disruption (Sep 2014, London UK)

Dates: 2-4 September 2014
Location: London, UK
Website: http://www.dmi.org/academic2014
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 January 2014

Design Management in an Era of Disruption
Hosted by the London College of Fashion

The Design Management Institute has issued a call for papers for the 19th Academic Design Management Conference to be held in London, UK September 2–4, 2014. We welcome early-career researchers and PhD candidates with work in progress. We are also seeking those interested in conducting workshops.

The theme of the conference is Design Management in an Era of Disruption. The management of design has arguably never played such an important role as it does today. Changes to the business and social environment are making consumers more knowledgeable and discerning. Innovations and developments in new technologies make it possible to respond to these demands in the form of mass-niche, mass-customized, or micro-niche product strategies, leading to changes in business models and the location of manufacturing as consumers increasingly participate in the product design and development process. These are all indicative of major disruptions to the ways that products and services are designed, made, and distributed. The role of the designer is in many contexts transformed. The purpose of this conference is to explore how design management is changing in this era of disruption.

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Final Call for Papers / Designs for the 2014 Fashion And Communication SYMPOSIUM May 2-3, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota

Fashion is change and because it is change, fashion impacts nearly every aspect of our lives from the language we speak, the furniture we use, the homes we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the food we eat. Fashion also reflects social consensus and to achieve consensus we must have communication. Thus, for  our third symposium we focus on relationships between fashion and communication. We are interested in providing opportunities to share research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and designs that explore and investigate issues related to communication and fashion.

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.

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Shapeshifting: Transformative Paradigms of Fashion and Textile Design (April 2014, Aukland NZ)

Dates: 14-16 April 2014
Location: Aukland University of Technology, NZ
Contacts: http://www.shapeshifting.aut.ac.nz/
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 September 2013

In September 2011 the fashion theorist and practitioner, Otto von Busch, delivered a paper at the ISEA conference in Istanbul. Its title alerts us to something immediately contemporary and vitally important in developing a perspective on fashion practices and theories. Von Busch abuts the three words ‘fashion’, ‘hacking’ and ‘shapeshifting’ in a way that points to some paradigmatic shift in how we now have to find our bearings with technologies, clothing and cultures. Von Busch opens his ISEA presentation, “Fashion Hacking as Shapeshifting” with the simple and direct observation: “Fashion is transformation. It is a promise of becoming a vessel of shapeshifting, a craft with which we can navigate across the currents of the social.” It is a promise. This suggests, as with all promises, it is futural, to be accomplished. And like all promises, we always run the risk of this promise being broken, its un-fulfillment. Between transformations, promises and shapeshiftings we are disposed and composed to all of the risks that go by the name ‘fashion’. Shapeshifting is a capacity or potential of sentient beings, a capability of organisms to auto-transformations, as responsive agency to their setting.

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Call for Papers / Designs for the 2014 Fashion And Communication SYMPOSIUM May 2-3, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota

Fashion is change and because it is change, fashion impacts nearly every aspect of our lives from the language we speak, the furniture we use, the homes we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the food we eat. Fashion also reflects social consensus and to achieve consensus we must have communication. Thus, for  our third symposium we focus on relationships between fashion and communication. We are interested in providing opportunities to share research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and designs that explore and investigate issues related to communication and fashion.

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.

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DESIGNA 2013 – Intl Conf on Design Research (Nov 2013, Portugal)

Dates: 21-22 November 2013
Location: University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
Website: www.designa.ubi.pt/en/2013/ 
Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2013

DESIGNA 2013 – International Conference on Design Research will take place November 21-22 at the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.  The theme of DESIGNA’s third edition is INTERFACE and the call for papers will be open until September 15th.

Maintaining its matrix, DESIGNA aims to debate this subject through six panels: Communication, Multimedia, Product, Fashion, Theory and Education, inviting to the submission of original ideas that will incorporate the final program as communication or project.

For more information, please check out the conference’s website: www.designa.ubi.pt/en/2013/

Call for Papers / Designs for the 2013 SYMPOSIUM April 19-21, 2013 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul

This symposium connects fashion to Social Responsibility. Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, design presentations, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and social responsibility.

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 aesthetic choice in any design field. Proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies.

Participation is invited in this symposium by submitting a written abstract or a design. Best submissions will be considered for inclusion in focused issues of journals including Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process and the Fashion Industry as well as for a book Fashion and Health.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Social responsibility in design practice
  • Issues related to social responsibility in design
  • Cross-cultural views on social responsibility in design
  • Customer views of socially responsible design businesses
  • Considerations of any aspect of production within design industries and social responsibility
  • Innovative teaching concerning social responsibility within design fields
  • Historical views on social responsibility  (e.g., dress reform movements)
  • Socially responsible consumption
  • Socially responsible designs
  • Socially responsible marketing/selling of design
  • Marketing images and social responsibility
  • Social values and design
  • Socially responsible design materials

Symposium formats will include poster sessions, concurrent individual presentations [15 minutes], plenary sessions [60 minutes], and panel or collaborative presentations.

Important dates:


February 1, 2013: Notice of acceptance emailed and release of copy write forms sent to authors. Online registration opens [general $200; students $100]
February 15, 2013: Copyright forms due to kjohnson@umn.edu
March 15, 2013: Draft of symposium program posted on symposium website (below)
April 1, 2013: Hotel room reservations due [unreserved rooms released]
April 8, 2013: Online registration closes (early bird rates)
April 19-21, 2013: Symposium (on site registration cash or check only)
See the conference website for further information:

http://design.umn.edu/fashionand/socialresponsibility/

Fashion And Health Symposium, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 20-21

Registration is now open for the 2012 Fashion And Health SYMPOSIUM April 20-21, 2012 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. The registration fee for general admission is $200 US and the fee for graduate and undergraduate students is $100.  Registration

This symposium connects fashion to the topic of health. Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, design presentations, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and health.

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 aesthetic choice in any design field. Proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies.

Symposium formats will include poster sessions, concurrent individual presentations [15 minutes], plenary sessions [60 minutes], and panel or collaborative presentations.

Important dates:
April 1, 2012: Full papers due and received
April 20-22, 2012: Symposium

See the conference website for further information:

http://design.umn.edu/fashionand/health/

Call for Contributions : Duck Journal for Research in Textiles and Textile Design

First Call for Contributions: Volume 3

Deadline for submissions 30 May 2012

Textiles as agent for wellbeing

The first call of the Journal for Research in Textiles and Textile Design explored what research in this wide field may encompass and began to establish a platform for textile research. (Volume 1) The second call examined an issue in the immediate context, namely the impact of austerity on craft making and fashion design. (Volume 2) This call aims to show how textile research might be a positive factor enabling and facilitating social and personal contexts – an agent for wellbeing. Accepted contributions will be published in Volume 3.

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