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ITAA Seminar Sessions

Call for Proposals: ITAA Seminar Sessions 2018

Due February 1, 2018


Brief History

At the 2013 ITAA conference, the Philosophical Missions Committee piloted a new, interdisciplinary approach to memberled conference sessions organized around a particular topic, which we are calling “Seminar Sessions.” The pilot was wellreceived, and then Seminars were organized at the 2014 (Sexuality and Fashion), 2015 (Fiber and Place), 2016 (Best Practices for Online Teaching in Textiles and Apparel Education), and 2017 (Social Justice and Luxury of Fashion) meetings.



The intent of the Seminars is to allow 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 are encouraged to customize the submission format, review process, and dissemination of results in a manner appropriate to the focus and objectives of the session.  This is the call to try out new, innovative, and out-of-the-box formats that are not already available in ITAA.  It's a space to push traditional boundaries of dissemination.


For the 2018 Conference, ITAA members will have the opportunity to propose Seminars, which will take place as part of the conference program. Seminars are standalone 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, singlespaced. 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 (double blind peer-reviewed, seminar organizer reviewed)
  • 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)   


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.  Be sure to include the due dates for the call.


Timeline and Structure

The Philosophical Missions Committee will review all Seminar Session Proposals and Call for Submissions and select no more than two for inclusion in the 2018 conference. The committee aims for diversity in approach for these two Seminars, in order to broadly explore the potential for the format. Proposals will be evaluated based on their innovation, feasibility, perceived interest and relevance to the ITAA community, and the level of preparedness articulated in the proposal. Seminars for 2018 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:


  1. February 1, 2018: 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 (
  2. February 10, 2018: Philosophical Missions Committee makes decisions for accepted entries and the "Call for Submissions" for accepted entries are then distributed to the ITAA list.
  3. June 1, 2018: Seminar organizers complete selection process and inform accepted participants. Organizers also email final list of seminar participants to Philosophical Missions Committee chairperson.


Please contact Philosophical Missions Committee chairperson, Kelly L. Reddy-Best ( with any questions. We look forward to your proposals!


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