Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues

The Fashion Project: Exploring Critical Issues: 8th Global Meeting

Call for Presentations 2016

Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Coco Chanel observed that fashion is ‘not something that exists in dresses only,’ and ‘has to do with ideas,the way we live, what is happening.’ Scholars, designers, artists, bloggers, and ordinary individuals who are putting a ‘look’ together, agree.  For them, fashion is an evolving creative historical, political, economic, and social process that reflects contemporary preoccupations. Fashion is a statement, a stylised form of expression, which displays and is part of what defines a person, a place, a class, a time, a culture, a society, a nation, and membership in global subcultures and communities. Georg Simmel described fashion as a system of sense and social stratification, based on group definitions. This inter- and trans-disciplinary conference explores the historical, social, economic, political, psychological, and artistic phenomenon of fashion, a powerful component of contemporary local and global culture. While some aspects of fashion can be exclusive, fashion is inclusive and lies at the very heart of persons, their construction of identity and the communities in which they live. Individuals emerge as icons of beauty and style, cities are identified as centres of fashion, and the business of fashion is a billions of dollar per annum global industry, employing millions of people. The project assesses the history and meanings of fashion; evaluates its expressions in politics, business, pop culture, the arts, consumer culture, and social media; determines its effect on gender, sexuality, class, age, race, ethnicity, nation, religion, and other sources of identity; and explores future directions and trends.

Building on the foundations of previous meetings, publications, and collaborations, the conference will be structured around five main areas of focus that will appeal to a wide range of fashion-oriented participants from all countries, formations, and trades, with the goal of building global pathways, dialogue, and understanding across disciplines and practices. Academics, theoreticians, designers, artists, and skilled professionals will have the opportunity to enjoy specific as well as whole group sessions, designed to provide them with opportunities for long term engagement beyond their initial participation. Papers, presentations, demonstrations, and workshops are invited on the following themes:

1. Understanding Fashion:
Fashion, Style, Taste-Making, and Chic
Fashion and Fashionability
Fashion and Zeitgeist
– History of Fashion
The Future of Fashion
The Psychology of Fashion
– Philosophy and Fashion

2. Studying Fashion:
– Tools and Methodologies
Theorizing Fashion: Disciplines and Perspectives
Fashion Studies & Fashion Education
– Identifying, Defining and Refining Concepts (e.g., ‘style,’ ‘fashion,’ ‘look,’ ‘fad,’ ‘trend,’ ‘in & out’)
– Documenting and Curating Fashion
Fashion Construction and Craft
The Materials of Fashion

3. Representing and Disseminating Fashion:
Fashion Icons
Fashion Models
Fashion and Glamour
– Designers and Muses
– Costumes and uniforms
– Masquerades and other ruses
Fashion, Popular Culture and Celebrity
– Style Guides and Makeover Shows
Fashion Photography
Fashion, Art, Literature, Architecture
Fashion Magazines, Blogs, and Social Media
– Films and Documentaries about Fashion
Fashion and the Performing Arts, Music and Television; Costumes

4. Identity and Fashion:
Fashion and Identity
Fashion (Sub)Cultures
Fashion, Politics, and Ideology
Fashion as Performance
Fashion, the Body, and Self-Fashioning

5. Economies of Fashion:
Fashion Professions and Trades
Fashion Cities, Fashion Weeks, Fashion’s Night Out
Fashion Marketing (e.g., brands, flagship stores, guerilla stores, eCommerce)
– Shopping and Consumption Practices
Fashion Forecasting
– Marketing Platforms (e.g., communication, streaming video, social media, etc.)
Fashion Markets: Vintage, Mass, Luxury, Accessories, Emerging, Other (e.g., food)
– Producing and Displaying Fashion
– Sustainable and Ethical Business Practices

Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Fashion project will be meeting at the same time as a project on The Patient and another project on(in)Security. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between both project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 8th April2016. All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 22nd April 2016.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted byFriday 3rd June 2016.

Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Fashion Abstract Submission

Organising Chairs:
Jacquelynn Foltyn:
Rob Fisher:

This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

A number of eBooks and paperback books have been published or are in press as a result of the work of this project. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.