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Fashion And Social Responsibility

FASHION and Social Responsibility

April 19-20, 2013 at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

This symposium is the second in a series of events 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.

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. For our second symposium we focus on relationships between fashion and social responsibility. We are interested in how the many aspects of social responsibility intersect with fashion. As there are many phases to fashion from ideation, design, production, distribution, sale, consumption, and ultimately disposal, there are many instances where decisions can reflect socially responsible views and sensibilities. From where designs originate (e.g., intellectual property rights, fakes), to what materials are used in creating a fashion (e.g., green materials, recycled, upcycled, repurposed, non-traditional) to what styles are produced (e.g., objectifying children), to how and where fashion is produced (e.g., labor issues, working conditions), to how and where it is sold (e.g., fast fashion, upscale retailers, labor issues), to its consumption (use, care, disposal) decision making by designers, producers, retailers, and consumers can reflect a dedication to or indifference to social responsibility and sustainability.

 

This symposium connects fashion to the topic of 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 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.

 

This symposium will provide 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 social responsibility.

 

Symposium Participation:

You are invited to participate in this symposium by submitting a written abstract or a design, or a proposal for a panel of speakers addressing some aspect of fashion and social responsibility. 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 [20 minutes], and panel sessions [60 minutes]. Panel or collaborative presentations are encouraged.

Special Issue: Studies in Material Thinking

In addition, proposers are invited to submit papers based on their symposium presentations for consideration for a special issue of the journal Studies in Material Thinking to be published in conjunction with the symposium. The co-editors of the journal will be Dr. Kim Johnson and Dr. Brad Hokanson are co-chairs of this symposium. Participation in the special issue will be through a peer-review process; the due date for full length papers is June 1, 2013. See the full call for papers here. 

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 Co-Chairs:

Kim K. P. Johnson and Brad Hokanson


Important dates:

December 14, 2012: 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).

February 1, 2013: Notice of acceptance emailed and release of copy write forms sent to authors. Online registration opens [general $225; students $100]

February 15, 2013: Copyright forms due to kjohnson@umn.edu

March 15, 2013: Draft of symposium program posted on symposium website (design.umn.edu)

April 1, 2013: Hotel room reservations due [unreserved rooms released]

April 8, 2013: Online registration closes (early bird rates)

April 19-20, 2013: Symposium (on site registration cash or check only)

Guidelines for Research/Teaching Submissions:

Abstract

Abstracts should present research and teaching that has 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, 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 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, single spaced, in a Word.doc format; one inch margins). 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.]

 

Guidelines for Design Submissions

Work must have been executed within the last 3 years and not previously shown at another professional conference. 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 the 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.

Submission Procedure

1. Submit abstract 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): December 14, 2012

Acceptance Notification: Authors will be provided acceptance notification of their papers for presentation at this symposium by approximately February 1, 2013. 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.


 

Related Links

2014 Symposium:
Fashion and Communication


2013 Critical dates

 

Symposium location/maps

 

2013 Hotel Information

 

Registration
[online until April 8, 2013]

Tentative Schedule
[available online]


Guidelines for written submissions


Guidelines for design submissions

 

Image courtesy of Lucy Dunne, University of Minnesota.

 

 

 


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