ITAA Seminar Sessions
Call for Proposals: ITAA Seminar Sessions 2017
Due January 25, 2017
At the 2013 ITAA conference, the Philosophical Missions Committee piloted a new, interdisciplinary approach to member‐led conference sessions organized around a particular topic, which we are calling “Seminar Sessions.” The pilot was well‐received, and then Seminars were organized at the 2014 (Sexuality and Fashion), 2015 (Fiber and Place), and 2016 (Best Practices for Online Teaching in Textiles and Apparel Education) meetings.
The intent of the Seminars is to allow association members to self‐organize a session which may cross disciplinary and methodological (e.g., textile science, social/cultural, historical, design, consumer behavior) boundaries in the field, and is organized around a specific topic. Organizers may customize the submission format, review process, and dissemination of results in a manner appropriate to the focus and objectives of the session. New and innovative formats are encouraged!
For the 2017 Conference, ITAA members will have the opportunity to propose Seminars, which will take place as part of the conference program. Seminars are stand‐alone sessions, organized by one or more proposing organizers, which follow a structure prescribed by the organizer(s).
Seminar Session: Proposal
Each Seminar proposal should be no longer than 2 pages, single‐spaced. It should describe, in as much detail as possible:
- Topic or focus of the Seminar
- Reason or rational for proposing this topic as a Seminar (vs. a panel, special topic, or other existing format within the conference structure)
- Expected number of active participants in the Seminar (not including audience members)
- Format and contents of the submissions to the Seminar (papers, abstracts, creative work, video, or other type of outlet)
- Method of review of submissions to the Seminar, including the names of individuals confirmed as participants in the review process (reviewers, organizing committee, etc.)
- Participant involvement prior to the conference (e.g. conference calls, review of each others’ work prior to the conference, etc.)
- Format of the Seminar during the ITAA conference, including any explicit contributions of active participants as well as audience involvement
- Logistical support required of the ITAA conference organizers for the Seminar (e.g.: room setup, A/V equipment, etc.)
- Proposed output of the Seminar outside of the conference session, including relationships with journals or other organizations such as museums or galleries (include a letter of support from any outside partners confirming their involvement)
- Short biographical sketch of the seminar organizer(s)
Seminar Session: Call for Submissions
In addition to the material described above, organizers should submit a 1-page Call for Submissions for the proposed Seminar. This call should outline much of the information described above, but should be aimed at informing potential participants about the focus, structure, and timeline of participation. It should specify that all accepted participants must register for and attend the ITAA conference, and that submissions to the Seminar may not also be under consideration for the main ITAA conference.
Timeline and Structure
The Philosophical Missions Committee will review all Seminar Session Proposals and Call for Submissions and select no more than three for inclusion in the 2017 conference. The committee aims for diversity in approach for these three Seminars, in order to broadly explore the potential for the format. Proposals will be evaluated based on their feasibility, perceived interest and relevance to the ITAA community, and the level of preparedness articulated in the proposal. Seminars for 2017 will be limited to a standard concurrent session time slot (up to 75 minutes), and will be held in one of the available breakout rooms. Seminar development must follow this schedule:
- January 25, 2017: Submit two documents “Seminar Session: Proposals” and “Seminar Session: Call for Submission” to the Philosophical Missions Committee via email to chairperson Kelly L. Reddy-Best (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- February 1, 2017: Philosophical Missions Committee makes decisions for accepted entries and the "Call for Submissions" for accepted entries are then distributed to the ITAA list
- March 20, 2017: Seminar organizers confirm to Philosophical Missions Committee chairperson that they have received enough submissions to run the Seminar
- March 27, 2017: Seminar organizers complete selection process and inform accepted participants. Organizers also email final list of seminar participants to Philosophical Missions Committee chairperson.
- June 15, 2017: Seminar program finalized and sent to ITAA conference organizers
Please contact Philosophical Missions Committee chairperson, Kelly L. Reddy-Best (email@example.com) with any questions. We look forward to your proposals!