The Trouble with Normal...PAD #20: The Fashion and Textile reconstruction - The ambivalence of the Emergency and Sustainability (Sep 2020)
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 11 Sep 2020
Guest editors: Maria Antonietta Sbordone and Gianni Montagna
Publishers invite authors to send their contributions focused on Fashion and Textiles to participate to the no. 20 of PAD - Pages on Arts and Design online journal. Premise
The belated action of the humankind is part of its nowadays’ character, overwhelming the rhythm of the cycles of ecosystems, the effects of which they are propagated by presenting themselves in different forms; among these, the appearance of the emergency phenomenon, as an effect of the absence of sustainable action, exposes the entire society and the biological basis, on which the forms of civilization are perpetuated, to a serious risk.
An absence that confronts us with pressing questions about the real will of human action in terms of forecasting capacity and solution of its impact on the ecosystems. Sustainable action, could foresees the effects, designs the remedies to mitigate the damages, thinks about the safety of the global society as a whole, can allow to find solutions to the occurrence of unexpected and unwanted phenomena.
We look for a comparison and discussion from the absence of sustainable human action which leads us to the hostile form of the occurrence of the emergency phenomenon, facing the absence of technological protection of human values and welfare. The emergency is now to discuss and compare the different disciplinary areas in general, Fashion and Textiles in particular, in order to inspire and promote the turn up of a new dialogue more or less close and coordinated, but effective, in order to reconstruct the links between society and ecosystems. Call
The Call for papers focuses on Fashion and Textiles, as the most polluting sectors and, where the reconstruction of the real value chain is most urgent and in harmony with the needs of consumers and the protection of ecosystems. The reflection will be oriented to the emergency created by the textile/clothing sectors and the urgency of a sustainable and effective response, not only with regard to production processes but mostly as an effect above all the re-adaptation of social and cultural interpretative models. Tools of communication and persuasion par excellence, Fashion and Textiles are called to reinvent themselves in the role of (in)form, (re)innovate, (re)build and conciliate the relationship between human needs and the balance of ecosystems, so as to make coexistence possible.
Humans behave and the effects on the entire ecosystem that surrounds and supports it must be re-discussed, raising questions and proposing measures that minimize the current emergency and prevent future ones.
We hope an open, transparent and productive comparison and confrontation between the knowledge of the various scientific areas for/by the formulation of new theories and practices that allow the establishment of renewed balances, thanks to visions and solutions that implement forms of sustainability, according to the logic of circular economy.
The call, therefore, proposes discussion in the form of a dialectical debate between two or more research areas assuming that different systems, logics, methods, tools could establish and discuss the creation of complex synergies.
The aim is to establish a conscious design action that is able to give strong answers to the issues due to human inconsistencies, in terms of sustainable solutions to the impacts that cause environmental and social emergencies, reconstructing synergies between two specific but complementary sectors.
The social aspects, environmental compatibility, the economic challenge are the main references from which the diachronic and synchronic comparison f[...]