"Cultures, Fashion & Society" Notebooks
6:30 AM06:30

"Cultures, Fashion & Society" Notebooks

The Editorial Board of the scientific series “Cultures, Fashion and Society” is pleased to invite you to submit proposals for Cultures, Fashion and Society’s Notebooks 2018, published in English by Pearson Mondadori.

Cultures, Fashion and Society’s Notebooks are one of the activities which originate from “Culture Fashion Communication – International Research Group”, to strengthen and give new development perspectives to a network of scholars and experts, who have been studying for several years the phenomena linked to the fashion system, consumer goods and lifestyles with an innovative interdisciplinary method. 

Scholars interested in submitting  an abstract should send it in Italian or English (1500 characters, spaces included) together with a short bio to the responsible editor for the 2018 issue, Daniela Calanca.T I M E L I N E

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Notification of acceptance will be sent to the authors by January 15, 2018

For more information, visit the International Research Centre's website. More information about the "Cultures, Fashion & Society" series can be found here

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Studies in Communication Sciences, Special Issue: Fashion Communication
11:30 AM11:30

Studies in Communication Sciences, Special Issue: Fashion Communication

Fashion Communication includes communicating the brands, designers, and clothes, while reaching potential customers through media channels.

In recent years, digital media channels (e.g. own website of the brands, mobile applications) have started to play a major role in the fashion communication domain. Beside official communications, also single users/laypeople are co-creating through web2.0 tools the image and reputation of brands, and shaping the very concept of what is fashionable (and what is not). Social media systems are also used by famous bloggers, celebrities, and social media influencers, who are helping companies to communicate in new ways.

Moreover, companies have now the opportunity to better “listen” to their clients and prospects, not only studying their reviews and comments, but also following them during their daily activities – and outfits – through images published on social networks.
Also the fashion media environment is facing major changes: traditional magazines are also becoming eCommerce platforms, eCommerce platforms launch their own media, and fashion bloggers are becoming fashion brands...

The aim of this special issue is to promote new theoretical and empirical interdisciplinary research on how various communication practices impact upon fashion industry and on societal fashion-related practices and values. A more explicit recognition of the role played by communication in fashion could offer new and exciting directions for research and may help better understanding the actual needs of the market in order to enhance practices within the sector.

All types of research are invited for the application, including empirical/case studies, evaluation/impact studies, assessments, ePortfolios, etc. 

Theory development: adaptations of existing theoretical frameworks to better explain how communication formats work in the fashion domain, and measurement issues of the new formats of fashion communication are especially invited.

The major topics of interest focus on communication aspects in the fashion domain. They include but are not limited to:

  • Visual communication in fashion

  • Media in fashion

  • Fashion communication in the retail environment

  • Corporate communication in the fashion domain

  • Fashion brands and communication with consumers (e.g. management of consumer


  • Digital fashion communication (e.g. digital media channels, blogging, User Generated

    Contents, online reputation)

  • Fashion shows as a communication object

All contributions should be innovative and should advance the knowledge base of related fields.

Article format

The length of papers in this special issue should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words (including abstract, footnotes and references).

Key dates

Full papers are required no later than Notification of Acceptance will be provided by Final papers should be submitted by

31 January 2018 31 March 2018 31 May 2018

Submitted papers will go through a double-blind peer-review process.

For further inquiries, please, contact

Nadzeya Kalbaska, PhD
Institute of Communication Technologies USI – Università della Svizzera italiana Lugano, Switzerland nadzeya.kalbaska@usi.ch 

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Apparition: The (Im)materiality of Modern Surface
7:00 AM07:00

Apparition: The (Im)materiality of Modern Surface

Friday 9 March 2018, Leicester Castle, De Montfort University, Leicester, U.K.

This one-day symposium examines the contemporary fascination with the surfaces, surveying the (im)material surface qualities of our everyday environment. It brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines—creative arts and design, architecture, performance, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, history, literary studies and social studies of science and technology—to discuss the construction, dissolution and deconstruction of the surface.

Siegfried Kracauer wrote, in the 1920s when the Western world was captivated by technology and mechanised production, that urban mass culture was defined by surface affects and described the experience of modernity as being that of a surface condition.[1] Modernity’s obsession with the surface was revealed most clearly in built, designed and manufactured everyday things. The ‘surface splendour’ filled picture palaces [2]; glass architecture alluded to utopian milieu that breeds revolutionary subjectivity [3]; Josephine Baker wore her naked skin like a shimmering sheath [4]; factory spaces full of gleaming machinery were worshipped like a temple; the sleek surface of Bakelite signalled a new era of consumer goods.

Today, almost 100 years on, in the midst of another technological revolution, the creative industries are again preoccupied with the surface and its dissolution, disintegration or efflorescence, accentuating the surface’s function of mediation or passage, rather than that of separation or boundary. The surface evaporates, percolates, become blurred or spectral in Diller and Scofidio’s Cloud Machine; Bill Morrison’s Decasia; Bart Hess’s Digital Artefact; Sruli Recht’s translucent leather collection Apparition. James Turrell’s light architecture is simultaneously material and immaterial, and the surface seems to disappear altogether with Surrey Nanosystems’ Vantablack.

If the everyday surface can be regarded as a site for the projection and display of psychical, cultural, social, and political values, what is the implication of the dissolving surface? How does the (im)materiality of surface affect our experience of the body, self and society today? What is our attitude towards these surface qualities? In what forms does surface materiality exist in the virtual age? What kind of moral, functional, aesthetic values does the surface conceal or reveal?

We welcome papers for 20-minute presentations on themes including but not limited to:

• Material, processual, affective and symbolic aspects of the surface;

• The conflation of diverse surfaces: the surface of the body, garment, product, furniture, interior wall, digital screen, painting, architectural façade;

• Immaterialisation, fragmentation, corrosion, decomposition, disintegration of surface;

• How contemporary art and design express the disruptive potential of surface;

• The ways in which surface conditions can influence surrounding space, going beyond physical structure;

• the (im)materiality of an artistic/technological medium and its potential to create a transgressive surface quality or atmosphere.

Inquiries:    Dr. Yeseung Lee (yeseung.lee@dmu.ac.uk), Dr. Ellen Sampson (ellen.sampson@network.rca.ac.uk)

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Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury
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Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury

May 31 and June 1, 2018 in Arnhem, The Netherlands

Conference organiser: ArtEZ University of the Arts, in collaboration with State of Fashion
Academic partners: Wageningen University & Research, Radboud University Nijmegen

It is increasingly urgent to create interventions in the current fashion system and to redefine its meaning and relevance. The ‘Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury’will explore how to transition to a more resilient, inclusive and regenerative future of fashion. We are looking for contributions that challenge our perceptions – that move our field forward.

The world needs imagination and experimentation  in order to develop a new kind of aesthetics and connectivity. We need more critical fashion practices and critical theories to “fashion” a more ethical, inclusive and responsible reality. The ‘Fashion Colloquium: Searching for the New Luxury’ underlines the importance of redefining value systems – starting from our own fundamental human values.

  • We welcome contributions related to the following subthemes:
  •  New materials, living materials, biomimicry, biotechnologies
  • Strategies to design for closed loops; innovation, novel business models and different types of value chains
  • Emotional connectivity, aesthetic sustainability, emotional durability
  • The role of purpose in moving beyond economic value, towards human values, ethical values, emotional values, social values and cultural values
  • The importance of agency; embodied subjectivity, ethical subjectivity and material agency
  • Developing a new kind of aesthetics, with a special role for all the senses
  • Fashion’s power to create desire and imaginary worlds in order to transition into a more regenerative future society
  • The role of resilience in fashion and design
  • Other innovations that challenge our understanding of ‘new luxury’

For more information and submission guidelines, visit ArtEZ or view the complete call for papers here.

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