DIS 2012 Workshop – Re-conceptualizing Fashion in Sustainable HCI

DIS 2012 Workshop: Re-conceptualizing Fashion in Sustainable HCI (June 12,
2012, Newcastle, UK)
Website: http://dis12fashion.wordpress.com/
Deadline for workshop submissions: *March 23*, 2012
Accepted submissions notified: April 16, 2012

We don’t ordinarily think of fashion as a positive force for sustainable
practices in the design of products and services. One imagines that fashion
drives consumption and premature obsolescence at the expense of efficient
use of resources. However, fashion exists in various aspects of our lives.
A breadth of cultural and sociological research has shown that fashion
plays an essential role in influencing consumer behavior and culture. Also,
fashion-oriented design encourages ingenuity, imagination and innovation,
which are crucial elements in pushing forward technological and social
progress. In this workshop, we intend to explore the question of whether it
is possible to re-conceptualize fashion in a way that helps us understand
how to design to make sustainable practices natural and fashionable.

Participants in the workshop will collaborate in a practical exercise to
act as a stimulus for thought concerning how the notion of fashion affects
people’s behaviors and attitudes toward digital consumption. Participants
will also share a reflection about their own personal experience of fashion
as it relates to sustainability.

We hope to bring together a diverse group of HCI researchers and
practitioners, as well as academics and practitioners from disciplines such
as design, IT management, computer science, cultural studies, social
sciences, and humanities.

We encourage submissions of short position papers (2-4 pages),
demonstrations, photo essays or design briefs relevant to the relationship
of fashion and sustainability in the IT industry. Some potentially relevant
topics for submissions include:

– The history of fashion, especially with respect to IT.
– The social significance of fashion.
– The psychological significance of fashion.
– The economic significance of fashion.
– The relationship of fashion’s quest for extremes and the use of
extreme examples as a legitimate and important aspect of science.
– How fashion varies from culture to culture.
– Exemplars and patterns of fashion-related sustainable design.

Please email submissions and questions to: dis12fashion@gmail.com

Submissions will be reviewed by the organizers, and 15-20 will be accepted.
Accepted submissions will be placed on the workshop website, along with
links to relevant literature.

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