CFP: Fashion And Health

Fashion And Health
Call for Papers / Designs
2012 Symposium April 20-22, 2012
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Important dates:
December 15, 2011: Abstracts/Submissions due and received.
January 30, 2012: Notice of acceptance
April 1, 2012: Full papers due and received
[Papers not received by April 1, 2012 will not be considered for focused issues or edited

This symposium is the first of a series of events entitled “Fashion And … ” connecting fashion with other themes of importance in today’s world. The symposia of Fashion And… examine the consequences and benefits of fashion in today’s world. Fashion is change and because it is change, fashion impacts nearly every aspect of our lives from the language we speak, the furniture we use, the homes we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, and the food we eat. For this inaugural event, focus will be on relationships between fashion and health. Fashion and health are symbiotic; each affects the other. Fashion can make us stand straighter and help prevent osteoporosis. Fashion can also damage our feet and our balance through a choice of shoes or it can exercise our leg muscles and improve our gait. Fashion can protect us from the harsh rays of the sun or monitor our health through embedded electronic sensors. Fashion is a visualization of how we choose to live our lives. The fashion choices we make affect our thoughts and feelings (emotionally, spiritually, physically). And if looks could kill, we’d all dress better.

This symposium connects fashion to the topic of health. Through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, design presentations, the symposium participants will explore, define, and document the interconnections between fashion and health. 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 aesthetic choice in any design field. Proposals are welcome from divergent fields such as architecture, anthropology, cultural studies, history, interior design, graphic design, psychology, sociology, and womenʼs studies.

This symposium will provide the opportunity for researchers, educators, graduate, and undergraduate students to exchange research findings, innovative teaching strategies, and creative designs addressing the interrelationships of fashion and health.

Symposium Co-Chairs:
Kim K. P. Johnson
Brad Hokanson

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