4th Global Conference: Fashion

4th Global Conference: Fashion
Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 7:30am to Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 1:00pm


4th Global Conference

Sunday 16th  September – Wednesday 19th September 2012
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:

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. 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

2. Learning and Fashion
- Tools and Methodology
- Theorizing Fashion: Disciplines and Perspectives
-Fashion Education
- Identifying, Defining and Refining Concepts (e.g., ‘style,’ ‘fashion,’ ‘look,’ ‘fad,’ ‘trend,’ ‘in & out’)
- Studying and Documenting Fashion (curatorial practice, collections, archives, and museums)
-Fashion Specialists (e.g., pattern makers, fitters, embroiders, tailors, textile experts)
-The Materials of Fashion

3. Representing and Disseminating Fashion
- Fashion Icons
-Designer and Muses
- Style Guides and Makeover Shows
- Fashion Photography
- Fashion Magazines, Blogs, and Social Media
-Films and Documentaries about Fashion
-Fashion and the Performing Arts, Music and Television
- Celebrities as Fashion Designers

4. Identity and Fashion
- Fashion and Identity (e.g., class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, nation, transnationalism, religion, etc.)
- Fashion: (Sub)Cultures
- Fashion, Politics, and Ideology: e.g., ‘message’ fashion; political platform, regimes, and revolutions)
- Ethical Issues in Fashion (e.g., cruelty free fashion, eco-fashion, exploitative labour, the ‘fakes’ market)
-Fashion as Performance
- Fashion, the Body, and Self-Fashioning (e.g., beauty standards, body art, weight, plastic surgery, etc.)

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 Models
-Fashion Forecasting
-Marketing Platforms (e.g., communication, streaming video, social media, etc.)
-Fashion Markets: Vintage, Nostalgia, Mass, Luxury, Emerging
-Producing Displaying Fashion (production sites, showrooms, runways, window displays, websites, etc.)
- The Rise of the Accessory as a Driving Force of Fashion

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts are due by Friday 3rd February 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 22nd June 2012. 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, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
E-mails should be entitled: FASHION4 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

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). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. 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

Professor of Sociology, Dept of Social Sciences,
College of Letters and Sciences, National University, CA, USA
E-mail: jfoltyn@nu.edu

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road,
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
Email: fash4@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 papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.

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