Symposium

Symposium of the International Research Network on Sustainable Fashion Consumption 2022

When: 30 March – 1 April 2022

Where: Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin

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Fashion consumption and production have doubled since the beginning of the 21st century, leading to fundamental changes in how we acquire, use, and dispose of our clothes. Consumption of fashion and textiles has been recognised as the fourth most polluting lifestyle domain in Europe, after mobility, food, and household energy use. Challenges of overconsumption and resulting post-consumer textile waste are becoming increasingly evident, especially in the urban context.

Themes

The first symposium of the international research network on Sustainable Fashion Consumption (SFC) aims to bring together academic scholars and practitioners to share and discuss ongoing research in the field in efforts to contribute to a transition towards more sustainable forms of fashion consumption. The following core themes will be discussed at the Symposium:

  • Sustainable alternatives to fast fashion, sustainable fashion consumption practices, including second-hand shopping, swaps, and renting of clothing.
  • Trends of minimalism, downsizing and de-cluttering, mindful curation, and slow fashion.
  • Collaborative consumption and sharing economy in the fashion context.
  • Contributions from consumers to circular fashion.
  • Education for sustainable fashion consumption, including style education, mending and repair skills, post-purchase garment care, etc.
  • Fashion consumption practices in various geographical contexts.
  • Gender dimension of fashion consumption.
  • Policies and industry efforts required to achieve more sustainable fashion consumption (not only awareness raising but also changes in material arrangements, infrastructure, fiscal and other measures to create opportunities for consumers to shop more sustainably), etc.

Call for abstracts

We would like to invite abstracts (max. 300 words) for scientific studies that address one or several of the indicated themes. Papers can be at different stages of completion and research-in-progress is welcome. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected contributions will be invited. After the end of the symposium, there is a possibility to publish presented research as an edited volume with PALGRAVE.

Phd Colloquium

A half-day colloquium for PhD and/or research students working on sustainable fashion consumption issues will take place on Day 1 (afternoon). PhD and/or research students will get an opportunity to present their ongoing research in a friendly environment and receive personal feedback on their presentations from at least one senior scholar and from their peers. Moreover, the SFC network will set up a mentorship program for interested students, pairing them with senior scholars according to the field of research. Authors of three selected student projects will be invited to present their research at a special session the following day. To take part in the Colloquium, please send an abstract (max. 300 words) with a note “PhD Colloquium”.

Practical sessions

A special session focused on practical projects will take place on Day 3 (morning) and will showcase ongoing social and institutional initiatives in different countries related to sustainable fashion consumption. Specifically, we are interested in projects related to second-hand clothing resale, swapping, renting, repair and upcycling, information sharing and educational efforts, and local community-building solutions. If you run an initiative that helps consumers change their consumption practices towards more sustainable alternatives, please send us a short description of your project (max. 300 words) with a note “Practical Projects Session”.

Policy and systemic change track

In partnership with the Hot or Cool Institute and with inputs from the European Environment Agency, we will have a separate session on policy implications of the changing fashion consumption patterns. If you are interested in contributing to the conversation by presenting policy-relevant work that you do, please send a short description of your project (max. 300 words) with a note “Policy Session”.

Events for on-site participants

On-site participation the Symposium will include coffee breaks on all three days and a Gala dinner (buffet) on Day 2, for all participants. On Day 3, of the Symposium, participants will be invited to join a Green Fashion Tour, which will guide you through the sustainable fashion scene in Berlin.

Format

Considering the uncertainty still posed by the COVID-19 pandemic – and possible related travel disruptions, the event will take place in a hybrid format. All sessions will be streamed via Zoom and exchanges among participants will be possible through a dedicated platform (TBC). Moreover, the number of participants will be limited (max. 70), which means that contributions will be selected on a competitive basis.

Costs

To cover organizational expenses, participation in the Symposium will cost:

  • Early bird fee: 150 Euros
  • Regular fee: 200 Euros
  • PhD student early bird fee: 100 Euros
  • PhD student regular fee: 150 Euros
  • Online participation: 50 Euros

On-site expenses permitting, registration fees will contribute to a separate support fund for PhD and/or research students and another fund to support future activities of the SFC Network.

Timeline

  • Deadline for abstracts: November 1st 2021
  • Decision for abstracts: December 1st 2021
  • Registration opens: January 1st 2022
  • Early bird registration ends: January 31st 2022
  • Registration closes: March 1st 2022

Dates of the event: March 31st – April 1st

Contacts

Please send your abstracts and inquiries to ekaterina.vladimirova@unige.com (CC: claudia.henninger@manchester.ac.uk and samira.iran@tu-berlin.de)