Call for participation

  • March 23, 2012: submissions due
  • April 26, 2012: participants notified
  • June 12, 2012: Workshop held in Newcastle, UK

In this workshop, we intend to explore within the HCI community the importance of fashion in the IT industry. We will explore the meaning of fashion and how fashion and sustainability could and might interplay in the design of interactive technology. 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 read more about the workshop theme and format.

Please email submissions and questions to:

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.