6th Global Conference: Fashion (September 2014: Oxford, United Kingdom)

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Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

6th Global Conference: Fashion

Monday 15th September – Thursday 18th September 2014
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations
Fashion is a statement, a stylised form of expression, which displays and begins to define a person, a place, a class, a time, a religion, a culture, subcultures, and even a nation. Georg Simmel described fashion as a system of sense and social stratification, based on group definitions and the differences of what we wear. This inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary conference seeks to explore the historical, social, economic, political, psychological and artistic phenomenon of fashion, a powerful component of contemporary culture. Fashion lies at the very heart of persons, their sense of identity and the communities in which they live. Individuals emerge as icons of beauty and style; cities are identified as centres of fashion; the business of fashion is a billions of dollar per annum global industry, employing millions of people. The project will assess the history and meanings of fashion; evaluate its expressions in politics, business, pop culture, the arts, consumer culture, and social media; determine its effect on gender, sexuality, class, race, age, nation and other sources of identity; and explore 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. Each area will have the opportunity to enjoy specific as well as whole group sessions. 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 Methodology
- Theorising 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 Crafts
-The Materials of Fashion

3. Representing and Disseminating Fashion
- Fashion Icons
-Fashion Models
-Fashion and Glamour
-Designers and Muses
-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
- Ethical Issues in Fashion
- Fashion as Performance
- Fashion, the Body and Self-Fashioning

5. The Business of Fashion
- Fashion Professions and Trades
- Fashion Cities, Fashion Weeks, Fashion's Night Out
- Fashion Marketing (e.g., brands, flagship stores, guerilla stores, eCommerce)
- Fashion Forecasting
- Marketing Platforms (e.g., communication, streaming video, social media, etc.)
- Fashion Markets: Vintage, Nostalgia, Mass, Luxury, Emerging
- Producing Displaying Fashion
- Sustainable and Ethical Business Practices

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between Fashion and Food.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts are due by Friday 21st February 2014. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 11th July 2014. Emails containing the abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF 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: FASHION6 Abstract Submission.

Please Note: In this email please attach TWO versions of your abstract as follows:
1) One with title and body of abstract only (no identification of the author—this version will be for our blind peer review process).
2) The other with the following information about the author(s): affiliation, email, title of abstract, title and body of abstract

All abstracts will be at least double blind peer reviewed. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Jacque Lynn Foltyn: jfoltyn@nu.edu
Dr Rob Fisher: fash6@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Critical Issues series of research projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected proposals 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.

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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.