Final Call: Fashion and Gender Symposium (due 9 January)

Dates: 1-2 May 2015
Location: University of Minnesota, USA
Website: http://design.umn.edu/fashionand/gender/
Deadline for proposals: 9 January 2015.

The University of Minnesota [USA] will present a symposium on Fashion and Gender to be held May 1-2, 2015. 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.

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Fashion and Gender (May 2015, University of Minnesota USA)

Dates: 1-2 May 2015
Location: University of Minnesota, USA
Website: http://design.umn.edu/fashionand/gender/
Deadline for proposals: 9 January 2015.

The University of Minnesota [USA] is organizing a symposium entitled Fashion and Gender to be held May 1-2, 2015. 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.

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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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CHI2014 Workshop: Perspectives on Gender and Product Design: Are We Living in a “Man-Made” World? (April 2014, Toronto Canada)

Dates: 26 April – 1 May 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/technologydesignperspectives/home
Deadline for submissions: 17 January 2014

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2014 <http://chi2014.acm.org/> annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Science, held in Toronto, Canada  26 April – 1 May.

Interactive technologies have a profound mediating effect on the way we obtain and contribute to knowledge, relate to each other and contribute to society. Often, “gender” is not a factor that is explicitly considered in the design of these technologies. When gender is considered, products are often designed with idealised models of gendered “users”–designed for men, designed for women, designed for boys, designed for girls, or designed for the “average user” who could be male or female. However, the ways in which gender-bias or gender-neutrality are constructed in the design process and the resulting effect on the interactive artifacts that are produced is not well understood. Further, research within the HCI arena has only begun to scratch the surface of how perceived “gender” influences interactive product use by users of any gender.

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