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.

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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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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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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/

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