Call for Papers / Designs for the 2014 Fashion And Gender SYMPOSIUM May 1-2, 2015, St. Paul, Minnesota
July 8, 2014 Leave a comment
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
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 email@example.com
March 20, 2015: Draft of symposium program posted on symposium website (design.umn.edu/fashionand/body/)
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: http://design.umn.edu/fashionand/body/