Call for Papers

Futurescan 3: Intersecting Identities

11th – 12th November 2015

The Glasgow School of Art, UK


The identities of those employed within fashion and textiles are multifaceted. In the higher education sector individuals operate in complex roles as teachers, educators, facilitators, instructors, mentors, supervisors, creative practitioners, researchers, collaborators, coordinators, managers and leaders, in a continually evolving system responsive to external factors including the latest government agendas, policy initiatives and industry developments. The fashion and textiles industry is transient. Creative professionals work as designers, artists, makers, colourists, stylists, photographers, illustrators, technologists, futurologists, curators, authors, historians, conservators, journalists, buyers, marketers and publicists. It is commonplace for individuals to associate with numerous intersecting identities within the global fashion and textiles community. Therefore, the Association of Fashion and Textile Courses (FTC) welcomes submissions for its forthcoming conferenceFuturescan 3: Intersecting Identities, which will provide an international forum for dissemination of research surrounding fashion and textiles. Submissions are encouraged regarding preliminary, existing and completed projects that intersect around one of the following themes:

  • Education and Industry
  • Research and Teaching
  • History and Contemporary Practice
  • Creative Practice and Theory
  • Making and Technology
  • Sustainability and Society
  • Local and Global Communities

The conference is intended for educators, established and early career researchers, postgraduate students, practitioners and industry professionals.

Abstracts and papers will be double-blind peer reviewed. Papers will be published in the post-conference publication, with ISBN and online open access. Papers may also be selected by editors for reworking and revising subject to normal review processes in associated conference journals:

  • Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process & the Fashion Industry 
  • Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice 

The conference is open to all. You do not have to be part of a member institution or organisation to participate. However, reduced fee conference delegate places will be offered to FTC Educational Institution members.



Submissions with significant visual content are encouraged.

Contributors can elect from the following paper formats:

Full paper

300-500 word abstract, 3000-5000 word paper, 20-minute conference presentation

Short paper

200-300 word abstract, 1500-3000 word paper, 10-minute conference presentation

Please submit abstracts online at:


Key Dates

Abstract deadline: 23rd February 2015 – DEADLINE EXTENDED – 9th March 2015

Abstract review feedback: 20th April 2015

Full paper submission deadline: 10th August 2015

Full paper review feedback: 28th September 2015

Futurescan 3 Conference: 11th – 12th November 2015

Revised full paper submission deadline: 15th December 2015



The GSA is internationally recognised as one of Europe’s leading university-level institutions for the visual creative disciplines. Our studio-based approach to research and teaching, brings disciplines together to explore problems in new ways to find new innovative solutions. The studio creates the environment for inter-disciplinarity, peer learning, critical enquiry, experimentation and prototyping, helping to address many of the grand challenges confronting society and contemporary business.

Since the School was founded in 1845 as one of the first Government Schools of Design, as a centre of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing industries, our role has continually evolved and redefined to reflect the needs of the communities we are part of, embracing in the late 19th century fine art and architecture education and today, digital technology. Then as now our purpose remains the same – to contribute to a better world through creative education and research.





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Call for Papers download: FTC_Futurescan3_CfP_GSA