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ITAA Seminar Sessions: A Call for Proposals
Call for 2016 Seminar Submissions:  Best Practices for Online Teaching in Textile and Apparel Education 

ITAA’s Philosophical Missions committee is the “eyes and ears” of ITAA leadership, dedicated to focusing attention on emerging issues and diverse standpoints among the ITAA membership, and visioning and planning activities to support these emerging issues and standpoints. Over the last few years, the Philosophical Missions committee has devoted considerable attention to the need for interdisciplinary conversations in our field, and the need for a space to explore alternative structures for soliciting, reviewing, and disseminating member contributions within the conference umbrella. We are providing members with the opportunity to develop Seminar Sessions, allowing association members to selforganize 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 define a “mini-conference” within the main conference, and may customize the submission format, review process, and dissemination of results in a manner appropriate to the focus and objectives of the session. We intend Seminar Sessions to provide an opportunity for ITAA members to network, disseminate results, discuss big questions, explore interdisciplinary connections, and bring multiple methodological approaches in conversation through all forms of scholarship.


The Philosophical Missions committee has demonstrated the Seminar Session approach at the last two meetings, and this year we invite ITAA members to develop proposals for Seminar Sessions. Organizers of accepted Seminar Sessions will distribute a call for submissions to the Seminar, review submissions according to their articulated plan, make acceptance decisions, and run their session at the conference.


Because the format is open, a Seminar Session could be an interactive focused design exhibit, a performance, film festival, or a working group developing a grant application or special topic issue for a book or journal. Organizers are encouraged to engage in conversation with participants prior to the conference, for example, reading each other’s work and arranging teleconferences prior to the face-to-face meeting. Organizers may decide to solicit works-in-progress for formative development, or fully completed articles for publication in a special issue of a journal.


As a sort of “sandbox” format for ITAA, Seminars allow new organizational structures to develop without requiring a large-scale overhaul of the conference format. It allows members to explore new topics, methods, and structures in an agile way. Our hope is to foster creativity and interdisciplinary conversations.  Anyone who is an ITAA member may submit a proposal!


Call for Proposals:  ITAA Seminar Sessions 2016, due January 25, 2016

For the 2016 Conference, ITAA members will have the opportunity to propose Seminar Sessions, which will take place as part of the conference program. Seminar Sessions are standalone sessions, organized by one or more proposing organizers, which follow a structure prescribed by the organizer(s).


Please contact Philosophical Missions committee chairperson, Denise N. Green ( with any questions.  We look forward to your proposals!

Proposal Content
Each Seminar proposal should be no longer than 2 pages, single-spaced.  It should describe, in as much specific detail as possible:
·    the topic or focus of the Seminar
·    reasons for proposing this topic as a Seminar(vs. a panel, special topic, or other existing format within the conference structure)
·    the rationale for an interdisciplinary, multi-method approach to the topic
·    the expected number of active participants in the Seminar (not including audience members)
·    the format and contents of the submissions to the Seminar
·    the method of review of submissions to the Seminar, including the names of individuals confirmed as participants in the review process (reviewers, organizing committee, etc.)
·    the involvement of participants prior to the conference (e.g. conference calls, review of each other’s work prior to the conference, etc.)
·    the format of the Seminar during the ITAA conference, including any explicit contributions of active participants as well as audience involvement
·    the logistical support required of the ITAA conference organizers for the Seminar, including room setup, A/V equipment, and any other infra structure needs
·    the 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)
The proposal should also include a short biographical paragraph about each organizer.  SAMPLE PROPOSALS
Seminar 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 in the main conference.
Seminar Proposal  Structure
The Philosophical Missions Committee will review all Seminar proposals and select no more than three for inclusion in the 2016 conferenceThe 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 2016 will be limited to a standard concurrent session time slot (expected to be 75 minutes), and will be held in one of the available breakout rooms.  Seminar development must follow this schedule:

Seminar Proposal Timeline 


January 25, 2016: Seminar proposals submitted to the Philosophical Missions Committee via email to Chairperson Denise N. Green (
February 1, 2016: Committee decisions are finalized and "Call for Submissions "document distributed to the ITAA list.
March 15, 2016: Seminar organizers confirm to ITAA Philosophical Missions committee that they have received enough submissions to run the Seminar.  Send submissions to Genna Reeves-DeArmond,
April 5,2016: Seminar organizers complete selection process and make a final list of seminar participants.
June 15,2016: Seminar program finalized


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