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CFP - 2019 UMN-SIVA Joint Symposium: Fashion & Active Aging

Organization: University of Minnesota and Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts
Date Posted: 11/15/2018
City: St. Paul
Country: United States
Primary Category: Special Calls & Announcements

Description & Details




SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2019

St. Paul, MN


Co-Hosted by College of Design, University of Minnesota (UMN) and

School of Fashion Design, Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA)

Co-Sponsored by China Center, UMN


Active aging calls for organizational, societal, and individual actions that can resonate with or motivate diverse stakeholders in the fashion industry and community. Fashion is not only relegated to products that supplement physical appearance while aging but may also include products that assist older individuals in the areas of physical performance, psychological wellbeing, social interactions, and identity construction/reconstruction. Therefore, a broad range of topics are relevant surrounding the use of fashion products to maintain both physical and mental capacity in the process of aging.


The topic of active aging is especially important as baby boomers enter retirement. This demographic demonstrates a commitment to remain active throughout their senior years and simultaneously possesses high discretionary incomes that allow them to consume fashion products that complement their lifestyles.


The 2019 joint symposium with the College of Design, University of Minnesota and the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts calls together all those who are interested in research, teaching, and design relating to fashion’s dynamic role in active aging. Due to the many facets in the use of fashion in active aging, this symposium invites those in diverse fields, such as anthropology, cultural studies, fashion design & merchandising, interior design, product design, graphic design, architecture, housing, retailing, sociology, and psychology, to join the dialogue regarding the pivotal role of fashion in aging. Topics related to aging may emanate from many areas of design, merchandising, marketing & retailing, and consumption & sustainability.


This joint symposium aims to create an on-going dialogue about fashion and active aging through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, and creative design exhibits by academics, graduate students, researchers, and symposium participants.


Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following

• Fashion, technology, and aging

• Cultural views on fashion and aging

• Fitness, self-image, and the aging body

• Smart textiles and clothing that enhance physical performance

• Functional design that enhances mobility and physical protection

• Fashion design and innovation addressing health and well-being

• Baby boomers’ active lifestyles, wardrobe solutions, fashion needs and consumption

• Producing, marketing and retailing fashion for/to the aging population

• Agile fashion production and mass customization applicable to aging issues

• Digitized fashion and retail environments for the elderly

• Brick-and-mortar retail servicescapes and senior consumption

• Anti- or active aging solutions from the cosmetics and fashion industry

 • Links between architecture, housing, interior design and older individuals


Symposium Participation

You are invited to participate in this symposium by submitting a written abstract detailing research, a concept, an innovative teaching strategy, design, or a proposal for a panel of speakers addressing some aspect of fashion and active aging. The official conference language is English. All accepted abstract submissions will be published in the conference proceedings.

Symposium formats include design/research/concept/teaching presentations [20 minutes], mounted design displays, and panel sessions [60 minutes]. Collaborative presentations are encouraged.


Important dates

February 1, 2019: All proposed submissions for the symposium are due.

April 15, 2019: Notice of acceptance emailed to corresponding author and copyright forms sent to corresponding authors for proceedings. Online registration opens.

May 30, 2019: Copyright forms and revisions are due (early bird rates).

June 30, 2019: Full papers due for the Fashion and Aging Special Issue for Fashion Practice

August 27, 2019: Hotel room reservations due [unreserved rooms released]

September 14, 2019: Online registration closes

September 26-28, 2019: Symposium (onsite registration cash or check only)

Symposium Co-Chairs

Juanjuan Wu, David Loranger, Marilyn Delong, Keling Li, and Jun Wu


Submission Guidelines

You are invited to submit proposals to present studies on original (a) research, (b) teaching, (c) concept, and (d) design. Studies must not have been published or reported at any conference prior to the symposium. Each submission must be presented by at least one of the authors. Single or multiple authored presentations will be 20 minutes in length.


Types of Proposals

Research Presentations: include research studies and scholarship from diverse theoretical positions on the topic of the symposium.

Teaching Presentations: include studies on creative teaching, curriculum strategies, and best practices related to fashion and active aging. Studies should be reported in narrative form.

Concept Presentations: include (1) Position papers (2) Best practices (3) Philosophies, or (4) Related issues that require action, or knowledge sharing at the interfaces of research, policy, and practice. Your paper may express an opinion on an emerging issue which may be controversial, impacts the public, or represents a professional need. It should be supported by analysis and synthesis of current facts, data and research literature, and propose future directions.

Design Presentations: include original design work executed within the last 3 years. Work must be constructed by the designer(s) and must be completed at time of submission.


Abstract Formatting Guidelines

• Abstract must be in English and use Times New Roman with a size 12 font for all text including titles and 1 inch margins.

• Document must not be over two pages in length, including references.

• The abstract must be finished copy and show no editing marks.

• References should use Chicago style.

• The first three sections should be centered on the page; insert one blank line between each section.

• Do not use bold or all uppercase letters; capitalize all appropriate letters according to

Chicago style manuals.


See example of correct format at the end of this document.


First Section: title (30-word maximum, capitalizing only the first letter in the first word and major words).

Second Section: names of all authors and professional affiliations with geographic locations of all authors in order of authorship. It is appropriate for students to invite the instructor or sponsor to be second author on articles discussing research or designs resulting from class assignments or supervised study.

Third Section: key words (4 words maximum).

Fourth Section: text of abstract (approx. 500 words).

Fifth Section: references.


Additional Guidelines for Design Submissions

Accepted design work can be presented orally or in a mounted display.


In preparation, photograph images of your design. Take a copy of a copyright agreement with you and obtain signatures of the photographer and, if appropriate, the model as needed. Items should be photographed as they would be used (i.e., apparel must be photographed against a plain background on a live model, mannequin, or dress form). Non-apparel items must be displayed as they would be exhibited. If submitting an item of apparel, photograph the following: full front view, full back view of apparel items or different angle view of non-apparel item, and an interesting design or construction detail. If submitting another type of design (e.g., drawing, object) photograph the work to best convey its attributes. Insert your .jpg image in the abstract.



Criteria for evaluating research/concept submissions

• Significance/usefulness of the research/scholarship

• Relevance to the theme of the symposium

• Application of relevant theory or framework and pertinent literature

• Appropriateness of methods/exploration

• Clarity of results/conclusions and implications

• Clarity and organization of the writing


Criteria for evaluating teaching submissions

• Innovative approach or practice that merits sharing with others

• Clear purpose for identified audience

• Relevance to the theme of the symposium

• Implementation of practice clearly delineated

• Description of success of practice in fostering desired learning outcomes

• Indication of plans for continuation, revisions or follow-up


Criteria for evaluating design submissions

• Statement of purpose and relevance to the theme of the symposium

• Implementation of purpose or process

• Aesthetics and visual impact

• Quality of technique and execution

• Innovation of design.


Submission Procedure

1. Submit abstracts by February 1, 2019 as a word file (.doc or .docx) to: Attach the file to your email as described in the guidelines below.

2. In the subject line of your submission use the following wording to indicate whether you are submitting a teaching, research, concept, or design abstract and your preferred presentation format for design work (i.e., oral presentation or mounted display)

FS: Teaching

FS: Research

FS: Concept

FS: Design-Oral

FS: Design-Display

3. Use the following naming convention: type of abstract, underscore, authors’ last names (capitalize first letter of name; do not space between names), underscore, first three words of the title (capitalize first letter of each word; do not space between words). Example: Research_WuLorangerDelong_BabyBoomerLifestyle.

4. Complete a separate e-mail submission for each abstract/design/panel you want to submit. Multiple submissions are welcomed. Authors will be notified that their submission was received. If you fail to receive notification within 72 hours, please contact Juanjuan Wu at




Title of the Paper


David Loranger, Some University, USA

(or if multiple authors)

Juanjuan Wu and David Loranger, Some University, USA



Title of the Paper


Juanjuan Wu, Some University, China

David Loranger, a different university, USA

[List affiliation after each author’s name if the authors are from different universities; use the affiliation once after the last author’s name if all authors are from the same university.]


Keywords: such as Mass Customization, Modularity, Baby boomer (4 words maximum)


Text of abstract single spaced with space between paragraphs (approx. 500 words). Cite references in Chicago Style. Document must not be more than two pages in length, including tables, figures, and references.





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