Call for Papers

call for papers

Looking to share your research via a journal or presentation? Check out these call for papers all with upcoming deadlines!


Showing Off Design and Ostentation

Deadline: Contact organizer

Required materials: proposal,  two-page abstract, one-page bibliography and a c.v.

Contact Person: Ethan Robey,

Event Date: April 7-8, 2016 in at Cooper Hewitt in New York

What makes an object desirable? And why do we show it off? From Veblen’s theories of conspicuous display to Bourdieu’s concept of “ostentatious discretion,” scholars have long been fascinated with how display and extravagance, or their converse (e.g. studied reserve or ironic shabbiness) act as signs of economic and/or cultural capital.
The symposium will explore issues relating to ornament and excess–or their conspicuous avoidance–in relation to social structures, aesthetics, technology, politics and economics. Proposals might consider the invention, uses and semiotics of materials whether natural or synthetic, mundane or exotic; relationships of beauty and value; luxury studies and branding; normcore and humblebragging in design; collecting and collections; or the display of objects, including virtual or cinematic display. Objects of study might include jewelry, fashion or other articles of personal adornment; interiors, interior design and furniture; industrial design, e.g. cars or home appliances; ostentatious technologies, e.g. watches, glasses, headsets or home theaters; or hotels, casinos, museums, apartment buildings, stores, theaters or other public or private sites of demonstrative architecture.


Emerging Processes in Design Practice and Design Education

Cuaderno Journal

Deadline: November 20, 2015

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For its third publication, Cuaderno, a collaborative journal between Parsons School of Design and The University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, invites authors to submit abstracts for papers that address the shifting values and status of commodities within design, industry, and/or design education. What new forms of commodity and attendant value will emerge in the future? How can we prepare for this? Submissions may focus on a specific area of art/design industry or education, or may be broader in scope. Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Design Education and Pedagogy
  • Design Objects
  • Design Systems
  • Sustainability
  • Design Trends and Social Integration
  • Design Practice(s)/Industry


Fashion on the Move: Rethinking Design

X International Fashion Conference

Deadline: December 1

Required materials: author, affiliation, email address, title, abstract (300 words) and keywords (between 5 and 10).

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Event Date: April 20-21, 2016 at University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain

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The tracks and its proposed themes are the following:

  1. Fashion Design
  • Fashion and the imaginary
  • New materials vs. Old techniques
  • Creativity and inspiration
  • Originality vs. counterfeiting
  • Sustainable design
  • Fashion and experimentation
  • Tradition and innovation
  • Designing life

2- Fashion Design Education

  • Old and new formulas
  • University vs. Vocational/technique education
  • Fashion education and new technologies
  • Teaching art and design
  • Creativity and enterprise
  • Challenges and future goals
  • Cartography of design education
  • Mix of theoretical and practical education

3- Fashion Business, Technology and Innovation

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Models and entrepreneurship
  • E-commerce and omni-channel management
  • Global cosmopolitan fashion
  • Talent management
  • Fashion operations and supply chain
  • Challenges of the retail industry
  • Brand management and strategy

4- Fashion Marketing and Communication Strategy

  • Photography and advertising
  • Luxury brand development
  • Social media and fashion influentials
  • Magazines in the digital age
  • Brand storytelling
  • Visual merchandising and store formats
  • Customer experience
  • PR (public relations) and events

5- History, Culture and Sociology of Fashion

  • Slow fashion and customer behavior
  • Fashion in museums and art galleries
  • Coolhunting and trendsetting
  • Streetstyle and fashion cities
  • Theorizing fashion: disciplines and perspectives
  • Urban tribes and fashion social movements
  • Historical references in fashion
  • Fashion across culture


Fashion and the Body Symposium

Deadline: January 8, 2016

Required materials: written abstract detailing research, an abstract of innovative teaching strategy, a design, or a proposal for a panel of speakers addressing some aspect of fashion and the body. The official conference language is English. All accepted abstract submissions will be published in the conference proceedings.

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Event Date: April 29-30, 2016 at University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain

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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 to examine interconnections and intersections between fashion and gender.


Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, and design presentations by academics, researchers, graduate students, undergraduates, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and the body.


Fashion and Textiles

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The scope of the journal includes the following four technical research divisions:

Textile Science and Technology

Clothing Science and Technology

Economics of Clothing and Textiles/Fashion Business Fashion Design and History

Fashion and Textiles is a double-blind peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to promoting scholarly exchange among academic and industrial researchers in the field of fashion and textiles.


Feminist Africa Issue 21 – Fashion and Beauty Politics

Deadline: December 15, 2015


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This issue invites submissions (features, profiles, standpoints) on the politics of women’s diverse fashion and beauty practices in contemporary Africa. Possible themes include but are not limited to:

  • Constructions and representations of beauty, and their contestations
  • Beauty pageants
  • New beauty practices, services, labourers and industries (e.g. cosmetic surgery, hair removal, professional makeup artists)
  • Hair: weaves and wigs, natural hair
  • Skin bleaching
  • Rising religious fundamentalisms and new dress codes
  • Un/veiling
  • The sexualization of young women’s dress
  • Fashion and beauty magazines and blogs
  • The policing of women’s dress
  • Afrocentric haute couture, African fashion weeks
  • Second-hand clothing
  • Queer styles
  • ‘Celebrity’ stylizations

Submissions are particularly welcome that seek to historicize women’s fashion and beauty practices and politics in contemporary Africa and also put it into transnational perspective, complicating such as binaries tradition/modern, African/Western.


Author: Rikki Byrd

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