Call for papers: Global Fashion 2014


Rethinking & Reworking Global Fashion
Wednesday, November 19 – Friday, November 21, 2014
University College Ghent Belgium

Rethinking & Reworking: Challenges and solutions for the conjunction of creation and technology

The 2014 Global Fashion Conference will be a global meeting and discussion forum for designers, business representatives, stakeholders and researchers on the topic of fashion as being more than creativity and technological innovation alone.

The world of fashion is marked by an interdependence of different players with specific roles and often divergent motivations and philosophies. At the very heart of the sector’s development is an encounter between art and technology, an encounter that is mirrored in the two University College Ghent faculties that join hands to organize the 2014 edition of the international Global Fashion Conference. At the Science and Technology faculty scientific research is being conducted in many areas, including that of fashion and textile technology, while the designers studying and doing research at the school of arts KASK – Royal Conservatory focus mainly on formal, aesthetic and social innovation.

For some reason these two fields at times seem to fall back on themselves. Is it a perceived incongruity between artistic experiment and established production models, or a reluctance to engage in watered-down compromises that lies behind this tendency? Whatever the fears, motivations, and prejudices may be that are at play here, the organisers of the Global Fashion Conference 2014 unequivocally choose to see the clash between disciplines as an encounter full of potential and wish to devote the 2014 conference to the question how the meeting of a more concrete, functional and market-based product-development approach and an artistic, philosophically inspired design process can be rethought, so as to become more than the sum of its constituent parts.

It is our conviction that the sector can respond to important trends and social evolutions not by merely looking to correct the existing models but by radically rethinking these models and devising new ones. Specifically, we wish to focus on four thematic clusters within which the potentially fruitful tension between the artist and the engineer can arise.

4 themes:

Design & Nature

The natural environment has always been a tremendous source of both inspiration and materials for many designers. But awareness has grown that with this inspiration come responsibilities. New models for responsibly dealing with fashion and design in ecologically and socially sustainable ways are urgently needed, and although many innovations may rightfully inspire hope, there are at least as many new challenges that pop up with them.

Craft, Skills & Technology

How do traditional methods and hi-tech innovation relate in today’s constellation? There appears to be a renewed interest in traditional craftsmanship today, but what are the opportunities and limitations inherent in working with traditional methods and products? And, likewise, what limitations do new technologies impose?

Structures & Materials

In what ways can both old and new materials inspire designers, and how can designers be more actively involved in the technological development of new materials to ensure more effective results?

Business Models & Value Chains

Designers are often hesitant about entering the world of large-scale commercial retail, preferring to operate on a smaller, often more local scale or through alternative channels. What are relevant developments in this respect, and how do larger corporations respond to such a trend? And how can manufacturers attune their production flows to other developments such as human-centred design, or co-creation?

Call for papers,
testimonials and workshops

We are now calling for paper abstracts, testimonials, workshops and demos on the themes of the conference. We would like to encourage you to submit abstracts of conceptually or empirically focused proposals as well as practitioner papers (e.g. case studies). Abstracts will be reviewed by an international scientific and practitioners committee in a double blind review process.

The deadline for submission of abstracts of the proposals is
before the 31th of March, 2014.

Please note that all abstracts must be submitted in the templates for PAPERS, TESTIMONIALS, or WORKSHOPS as provided below.

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For those interested in writing a paper and presenting the paper at the conference
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For those who are interested in sharing their experiences (wins and fails) with trying to combine creativity and technology
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For those who would like to share their experience/technological knowledge in an interactive hands-on session or demonstration
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