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Call for Contributions

 

Conference Dates: March 23rd-27th2020 in Kent Ohio, United States

Conference Organizer: The Fashion School - Kent State University

Contact details: iffti2020@kent.edu

     

Introduction

Fashion is an essential conduit of communication about who we are as individuals, what we believe in as a group, and is often emblematic of changes in social policy. The 22ndAnnual IFFTI 2020 Conference will be a medium for dialogue centered on the powerful opportunity that the fashion industry and academia has to help shape a just and sustainable future.  The conference is a sharing of knowledge, opinions, observations, and research that directly relate to culture in a local and global society, technology applications, style, branding, communication, consumerism, retail, and manufacturing.

 

Theme: “Between Individual and Society: Social Justice Through Fashion”

The theme of the conference seeks to examine and challenge fashion’s role in personal and community expressions of social justice, activism, inclusivity, design responsibility, technology, media and business. This theme and subthemes are applicable to both theoretical and practice-based research. 

 

Submission Type: 

Traditional paper submissionsas well as creative practice-based researchare welcomed. Grounded in original, thoughtful and diverse research, the proposals for papers, mini-installations, short films, short performances, alternative posters*, or individual pieces should seek to explore the connections between fashion as a medium in support of social protest and provocations.

 

From the subthemes, groups within the conference will be organized around paper sessions as well as discussion groups thus encouraging dynamic and interactive conversation. 

 

The subthemes of “Provocations & Protests” are suggested, but not limited to:

Personal

●     What is a practitioner or educator’s responsibility to social justice or equality?

●     Innovator or influencer promoting inclusivity and fair-play

●     Influential personal expressions of courage, protest, or change

Communal 

●     Past, present, and future ways that social justice has affected particular communities

●     Proximity, bond, communal change-makers and activism

●     Community is not necessarily about immediate geographic locationbut similar opinions brought together by the influence of fashion and technology

Global

●     Design responsibility towards shaping global social change

●     What is the future of international supply chains, production and manufacturing?

●     Corporate responsibility and social justice

Proposal for Paper Submissions

The subthemes above are intended as starting points or lines of inquiry. In order to facilitate evaluation, authors are asked to indicate what subtheme the abstract addresses. Upon final evaluation of accepted papers, awards will be selected for best paper submissions in the senior faculty/researcher, junior faculty/researcher and graduate student researcher categories.  These awards will be announced at the conference.

Abstract for paper submissionsshould include: Title, Subtheme and 5 keywords relating to the subtheme entered below the title. 

●     All authors names, affiliations, postal addresses, and email addresses. If more than one author, one should be identified as the corresponding author and in addition to the above, provide a telephone number (with country code). 

●     The abstract should be 300 words in English not including sub-theme and keywords. 

●     No name or author's affiliation in the text. 12 pt. Type, Times New Roman. 1 inch margins all around.

●     Only Microsoft Word files willbe accepted. 

●     Please note that abstracts which exceed the word limit will be rejected without review. 

●     Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. 

●     The committee will review on the basis of quality, relevance of scope of the conference, originality, significance and impact. Each abstract should address:

a.     The context of the problem/research including any research questions or hypotheses or unique processes; 

b.     How the research/practice has been developed; including the investigative methods used to answer the question and/or create new or novel insights;

c.     The main findings, insights or conclusions.

●     All abstracts will go through a double-blind peer review. All abstracts should be submitted online through the links provided at www.iffticonference.com

●     Any questions can be directed to: iffti2020@kent.edu

After selection of abstracts, full papers (3000 – 5000 words) will additionally need to be submitted and double-blind peer reviewed. Full papers will be copy edited and published online.  

 

Important Dates for Paper Submissions

●     Abstract submission deadline: August 16, 2019

●     Abstract reviews completed, abstract acceptance notice sent, call for full papers: September 27, 2019

●     Full paper submission deadline: December 2, 2019

●     Full paperreviews completed, full paper acceptance notice sent: January 17,2020

●     Submission of revised full paper: February 28, 2020

Proposal for Non-Paper Presentations

As well as traditional paper submissions, the committee welcome other forms of research outputs that will contribute to the IFFTI 2020 schedule. The subthemes (provocations and protests - personal, communal & global) above are intended as starting points or lines of inquiry. In order to facilitate evaluation, authors are asked to indicate what subtheme the abstract addresses.  Upon final evaluation of accepted submissions, awards will be selected for best submissions in the senior faculty/researcher, junior faculty/researcher and graduate student researcher categories.  These awards will be announced at the conference.

Abstract for non-paper submissionscan be submitted into one of the following categories: 

  1. mini-installation

  1. short film 

  1. short performances

  1. alternative poster*

  1. individual piece/artifact

All non-paper submissions should include: Category, Title, Subtheme and 5 keywords relating to the subtheme entered below the title. 

●     All authors names, affiliations, postal addresses, and email addresses. If more than one author, one should be identified as the corresponding author and in addition to the above, provide a telephone number (with country code). 

●     The abstract should be 300 words in English not including sub-theme and keywords. 

●     No name or author's affiliation in the text. 12 pt. Type, Times New Roman. 1 inch margins all around. 

●     Only Microsoft Word files will be accepted. 

●     Please note that abstracts which exceed the word limit will be rejected without review. 

●     Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. 

●     The committee will review on the basis of quality, relevance of scope of the conference, originality, significance and impact. Each abstract should address:

a.    The context of the problem/research including any research questions or hypotheses or unique materials/processes; 

b.    How the research/practice has been developed; including the investigative methods used to answer the question and/or create new or novel insights;

c.    The main findings, insights or conclusions that will be presented in the context of the exhibition-presentation.

●     All abstracts will go through a double-blind peer review. All abstracts should be submitted online through the links provided atwww.iffticonference.com

●     Any questions can be directed to: iffti2020@kent.edu

After selection of abstracts, extended proposals (max. 3000 words) with images will additionally need to be submitted and double-blind peer reviewed. Please include details of installation, IT requirements, dimensions, or any other requirements that the committee will need to be aware of before the conference. Full extended proposal papers with images will be copy edited and published online.  

 

Important Dates for Non-Paper Submission Proposals:

●     Abstract submission deadline: August 16, 2019

●     Abstract reviews completed, abstract acceptance notice sent, call for extended non-paper proposals: September 27, 2019

●     Extended non-paper proposal with images due December 2, 2019

●     Extended non-paper proposal reviews completed, full proposal acceptance notice sent: January 17,2020

●     Submission of revised extended non-paper proposals: February 28,2020

 

*alternative poster: process-oriented display of design work or creative process/practice. Does not need to be restricted to a literal poster board