Space for Fashion Thinking & Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise

Fashion Research Network Interdisciplinary Symposium and Exhibition
Friday 8th September 2017, 
Coventry University London, University House, 109-117 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JF

We cordially announce our Call for Papers for Space for Fashion Thinking & Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise an interdisciplinary symposium and exhibition at Coventry University London. 
 
As we move into our fifth year the Fashion Research Network (FRN) invite you to Review, Reflect and Revise. FRN began as a collaborative project with the aim of promoting and sharing the work of PhD and early career fashion and dress researchers; bridging the gaps and exploring the intersections between contemporary, practice based research, historical and theoretical approaches to dress.
 
From our beginnings as a small group organising a pair of events at the Royal College of Art and Courtauld Institute of Art, the Fashion Research Network has grown and developed through nearly 40 events to become a leading organisation in fashion research. FRN is a space for dialogue, exchange and experimentation about fashion and dress thinking and practice. This symposium draws on our interdisciplinary approach and brings together the themes of our discussions of the last five years to highlight future areas of collaboration, practice and dialogue.
 
The first in a series of events marking 5 years of the FRN, Space for Fashion Thinking & Practice: Review, Reflect, Revise considers the current state of interdisciplinary fashion thinking and practice. We invite you to participate in the symposium and exhibition and request abstracts on fashion thinking and practice on the following interdisciplinary themes:
 
Fashion and Space
Image and Spectacle
Sensory and Emotive
Collaboration and Exchange
 
Fashion and Ethics
Identity and Race
Gender and Society
Culture and Geography
 
Fashion Making and Display
Curating and Exhibition Making
Digital Futures and Innovation
Industry and Practice
 
We are particularly keen to receive abstracts from PhD and early-career researchers.
 
Abstracts for 15-minute paper presentations should be submitted together with the name, affiliation and email address and a short 50-60 word biography of the applicant to fashionresearchnetwork@gmail.com and nathaniel.beard@coventry.ac.uk by Friday 28th July 2017. 
 
In addition, fashion and dress practitioners are also invited to exhibit their work following similar themes as outlined above. Forms of practice-based work can be exhibited either in the form of an A1 sized poster OR artefact based object(s). Applications for the exhibition should take the form of one A4 page rationale of the proposed exhibit together with up to 5 low res jpeg images (or films) together with the name, affiliation and email address and a short 50-60 word biography of the applicant  to fashionresearchnetwork@gmail.com and nathaniel.beard@coventry.ac.uk by Friday 28th July 2017.