cfp Fashion Fast Forward: Transforming Body, Fabric and Media in a Changing World. SIEF2019 Panel

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
SIEF: International Society of Ethnology and Folklore

Call for Papers: SIEF Panel

Fashion Fast Forward: Transforming Body, Fabric and Media in a Changing World

Deadline: 15 October 2018, Proposal upload via SIEF website

14th SIEF Congress Santiago de Compostela/Spain 14-19 April 2019

    Fatma Sagir (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
    Marion Lean (Royal College of Art, London)

With the rise of celebrity culture and fashion and lifestyle blogging
the body is at the centre of attention. Fashion shows have opened to
include bloggers enabling broader audiences beyond professional
designers, luxury consumers and fashion journalists.

The creation of these new actors is one side effect of the accompanying
debates on body awareness and diversity, tugging along discussions
about bodily practices in digital culture as much as in "real life".

New media technology changed the way the body and self is presented
through digital alterations of images, but it also gave way to
innovative approaches towards creating textiles and designs. Novel
materials and wearable technology applications create further
possibility to recreate the body and its interpretations presented not
only as imagery, but abstract data visualisations. Sharing and
competing using data representations has potential to influence
positive changes in health but also marginalises users to digital
selves, also seen through use of online personas on social media

As the body, becoming a status symbol in itself, is presented in new
dimensions, it is the designers turn to disrupt/appropriate innovation
using new, functional smart materials as well as traditional fabrics
and techniques and their cultural narratives to create new designs
mirroring these changes. In doing so, they face challenges from serving
questions of health, sustainability, economic and gender justice as
much as aesthetics and design innovation.

This panel seeks to explore these challenges and transformations from a
variety of perspectives such as new materialism and its practices,
among others.

We invite paper presentations (15-20 min) from different fields and disciplines. We are open to a variety of methods, theoretical approaches and topics.

For proposal uploads and further information go to the panel website