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Fashion And Gender

 

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2015 SYMPOSIUM

 

 

FASHION AND GENDER


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May 1-2, 2015 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

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).

 

There are also questions addressing the role of fashion in the development of gender roles. Fashion can be used to enable establishment of one’s gender and support or refute genderism. Genderism is the belief that gender is a binary and that there should be only two genders.  This belief can reinforce negative attitudes and discrimination towards people who display gender variance or those whose gender identity is incongruent with their birth sex. There has been long debate concerning fashion and gender and what it means not only to appear and dress in a means that reflects expected gender ideals but what it means to reject typically masculine or feminine ways of appearing. Fashion is a device to break though gender boundaries, it provides a canvas upon which to portray, establish, question, or confirm gender identity.

 

“ 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

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Symposium Co-Chairs:

Kim K. P. Johnson and Brad Hokanson


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).

 

Febru ary 15, 2015: Notice of acceptance emailed to corresponding author and copyright forms sent to corresponding authors for proceedings. Online registration opens [general $235; students $110; late registration general $300; students $175]

 

February 28, 2015: Copyright forms due to kjohnson@umn.edu

 

March 20, 2015: Draft of symposium program posted on symposium website (design.umn.edu)

 

April 20th, 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)

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Guidelines for Research/Teaching Submissions:

Abstract (Teaching/Research/Concept papers)

Abstracts should present research/teaching/design that has not been published or presented at other professional conferences. Use Times New Roman, font size 12, for all text including titles and 1 inch margins. Prepare three electronic files, all in Microsoft Word format. Undergraduate submissions must have a faculty sponsor. It is the responsibility of the faculty sponsor to screen the entries for quality, completeness, and accuracy and to be actively involved in the submission process. All research/teaching/design submissions presented at the symposium will be included in the Proceedings. An author whose work is accepted, an author from a team of researchers, or the undergraduate faculty sponsor must attend the symposium and present the work as well as register for the symposium.

 

File 1 contains a cover page with title of paper and name and contact information (address, phone number, email) for all authors. Corresponding author is designated. All symposium information will be sent to corresponding author only.

 

File 2 contains an abstract in English for review (2 pages maximum, single spaced, in a Word.doc format; one inch margins, font size 12, Times New Roman). Include the title (single spaced, centered, maximum 30 words) but no identifying information about author(s) or professional affiliation(s). Tables and other graphics should be incorporated within the body of the abstract in the appropriate place(s). All content (references, tables, figures) must fit within the 2 page limit.

 

File 3 contains the information in file 2 with the addition of authors, institutional affiliation, and country information left justified. File 3 will be used for the symposium proceedings. This will go directly into the proceedings once the submission has been accepted for presentation. There will be no opportunity to make changes once submitted to the symposium.

EXAMPLE OF CORRECT FORMAT:

This Is the Title of the Paper

Kim Johnson, Some University, USA

(or if multiple authors)

This Is the Title of the Paper

Kim Johnson and Kaitlin Johnson, Some University, USA

or

Kim Johnson, Some University, USA

Kaitlin Johnson, a different university, USA

 

[List affiliation after each author’s name if the authors are from different universities; use the affiliation once after the last author’s name if all authors are from the same university.]

 

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Guidelines for Design Submissions

 

Work must have been executed within the last 3 years. Work must be constructed by the designer(s) and must be completed at time of submission. Undergraduate student member submissions must have a faculty sponsor. It is the responsibility of the faculty sponsor to screen the entries for quality, completeness, and accuracy and to be actively involved in the submission process. The sponsor will retrieve the design work at the symposium if the student does not attend. All design work presented at the symposium will be included in the Proceedings. A designer whose work is accepted, or the sponsor, must attend the symposium and register for the symposium.

 

Abstracts should present designs that have not been published or presented at other professional conferences. Use Times New Roman, font size 12, for all text, including titles. Prepare three electronic files. In preparation, photograph images of your design. Take a copy of a copyright agreement with you and obtain signatures of the photographer and, if appropriate, the model as needed. Items should be photographed as they would be used (i.e., apparel must be photographed against a plain background on a live model, mannequin, or dress form). Non-apparel items must be displayed as they would be exhibited. If submitting an item of apparel, photograph the following: full front view, full back view of apparel items or different angle view of non-apparel item, and an interesting design or construction detail. If submitting another type of design (e.g., drawing, object) photograph the work to best convey its attributes.

 

File 1 contains a cover page with title of your design and name and contact information (address, phone number, email) for all authors.

 

File 2 contains a title, a description in English to accompany your design submission (2 pages total, single spaced, in a Word.doc format; one inch margins) and photos of your design. In this description include the following: the purpose of the piece, the design process, including how you implemented the process, the techniques used to create the piece, and the materials used. There should be no identifying information about the designers in this statement. Images should be no larger than 2 ½‖ x 3 1/2‖ in portrait orientation (50% of original image). You are responsible for color management, cropping, quality of the images, and proper placement in the submission.

 

File 3 contains file 2 with the addition of authors, institution, and country. File 3 will be used for the symposium proceedings. This will go directly into the proceedings once the submission has been accepted for presentation. There will be no opportunity for changes.

 

Criteria for evaluating research submissions

  • Significance/usefulness of the research/scholarship
  • Application of relevant theory or framework and pertinent literature
  • Appropriateness of methods/exploration
  • Clarity of results/conclusions and implications
  • Clarity and organization of the writing

Criteria for evaluating teaching submissions

  • Innovative approach or practice that merits sharing with others
  • Clear purpose for identified audience
  • Implementation of practice clearly delineated
  • Description of success of practice in fostering desired learning outcomes
  • Indication of plans for continuation, revisions or follow-up

Criteria for evaluating design submissions

  • Statement of purpose
  • Implementation of purpose or process
  • Aesthetics and visual impact
  • Quality of technique and execution
  • Innovation of design.

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Submission Procedure

 

1. Submit all 3 files to:

Kim K. P. Johnson kjohnson@umn.edu

 

2. In the subject line of your submission use the following wording to indicate whether you are submitting a teaching, research, design, or panel abstract

FS: Teaching

FS: Research

FS: Design

FS: Panel

 

3. Attach the three files to your email as described in the guidelines above.

 

4. Complete a separate e-mail submission for each abstract/design/panel you want to submit. Multiple submissions are welcomed. Authors will be notified that their submission was received. If you fail to receive notification within 72 hours, please contact Kim Johnson at kjohnson@umn.edu.

 

Abstract Submission Deadline (Received by): January 9, 2015 or sooner

 

Acceptance Notification: Authors will be provided acceptance notification of their papers for presentation at this symposium by approximately February 14, 2014. We are working to have focused issues of journals on the topic of fashion and social responsibility wherein full papers will be published. Additional information concerning the status of focused issues or an edited book will be forthcoming.

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Call for Papers: Special Article Collection of Fashion and Textiles on

 

Fashion and Gender

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2015

 

The Fashion and Textiles journal is a research journal that aims to advance knowledge and to seek new perspectives to fashion and textiles worldwide through publication of high quality original research articles, review papers, editorials, case studies, book reviews and letters to the editor. The scope of the journal includes the following four technical research divisions: textile science and technology, clothing science and technology, economics of clothing and textiles/fashion business, and fashion design and history. The journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special article collection on the topic of fashion and gender to be co-edited by Sharron J. Lennon and Jennifer Yurchisin.  

As there are many phases to the formation of fashion from ideation, through production and consumption, and ending in disposal, there are many instances where gender issues are relevant. Gender can play a role in who is the real “designer” and who gets credit for the design ideas. Gender can play a role in color choices as some are reserved for men and others for women. There are gender issues within production (e.g., who does the sewing) as well as how clothing is sold (e.g., divisions of stores into men’s areas and women’s areas). There are also issues of gender in advertising (e.g., objectification of people, use of gay/lesbian imagery in advertising) as well as gender issues within consumption (e.g., shopping is women’s work). Under this topic there is the potential for historical inquiry, hard science approaches, cultural study, and social science approaches.

Topics for this special issue may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Issues of gender in apparel design
  • Historical views on gender in fashion
  • Subcultural style(s) and gender
  • Communicating gender identity
  • Gender, power, and fashion
  • Sexuality 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
  • Gender differences in consumer behaviors related to fashion (e.g., way-finding behaviors, motivation differences, technology adoption differences)

Full papers are due June 1, 2015. Papers are accepted only in English and formatted according to APA 6th edition. Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; 150 word abstract; 3 to 5 keywords; main text; acknowledgments; appendixes (as appropriate); references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual sheets); figure caption(s) (as a list).

 

For additional information on the style guide for authors please see the journal website at the following link: http://www.springer.com/materials/journal/40691

 

Each submission will undergo a double-blind review process. Submissions should be uploaded to http://www.editorialmanager.com/fate/. Please read the guide for authors before making a submission. Accepted papers will be published in late 2015 or early 2016. If you have questions concerning your submission, please contact Sharron Lennon (sjlennon@indiana.edu) or Jennifer Yurchisin (jlyurchi@uncg.edu).

 

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Related Links

FINAL PROCEEDINGS [PDF]

 

Symposium Program [PDF]

 


Program Information
including Schedule
[available 2015]


Guidelines for written submissions


Guidelines for design submissions

 

Image courtesy of Lucy Dunne, University of Minnesota.

 

 

 


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