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CALL FOR PAPERS, Fashion Colloquia Ghana: Identity – Heritage – Waste CANCELLED

Written by Rachel Jillions
Published date 06 June 2014

CANCELLED: Due to EBOLA crisis in West Africa, the Ghana Government cancelled all international conferences.

CALL FOR PAPERS!! Deadline 30 June 2014

 The Ghana Fashion Colloquium
4th – 8th November 2014 – Accra, Ghana
Hosted by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Background to the Colloquium Series

The Fashion Colloquia originated through a core network of 4 institutions, connected by their residence and involvement in the four big ‘Fashion weeks’ across the globe. These Institutions were the London College of Fashion – University of the Arts, London, Domus Academy – Milan, Institute Francais de la Mode – Paris and Parsons The New School for Design, School of Fashion, New York.  As result, members of this core network used the occurrence of the fashion weeks to organise a series of colloquia taking place from 2011-2013.

Their aim was to use the fashion weeks as a catalyst to challenge understandings regarding fashion across the globe.  A rich variety of contributions (from academia, media and practice) have been enjoyed at these colloquia events and many have now been uploaded to the international repository for fashion housed at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

 Our Call for contributions:

The success of this first series led us to develop a second series with a new group of partners. Our second series of fashion colloquium focuses on ‘emergence’ and how each location intends to contribute to the growing importance of fashion across the globe

Our first new partner was AMFI in Amsterdam and this colloquium was held in January 2014. We would now like to introduce our next colloquium event that will be held in:

Ghana, West Africa.
4th -8th November 2014

 Our style of colloquium will be:   ‘A Festival of Exchange’

At each colloquium there will be a mixture of specific themes that are of particular relevance to the specific locations around the globe with a series of themes, which will allow different sets of contributions to be added and explored. Some events at each of the colloquia will be streamed ‘live’ to pre-registered users of the repository. We also aim to upload selected content from the colloquium to the repository.

 Our theme is:  Identity – Heritage – Waste

  1. How important is identity for an emerging fashion location such as Ghana?  Is this as important elsewhere?
  2. Ghanaian heritage, how has it been upheld in fashion? Have these values been demonstrated in the Ghanaian communities and beyond across Africa?  Do other locations value heritage?
  3. The third element is ‘waste’ – what do we understand by waste in fashion?   Does waste mean the same elsewhere?  How important is this issue to you and your location?  What lessons can we learn in this festival of exchange?

We are inviting you to come to the University of Ghana [Department of family and Consumer Sciences], to contribute to these discussions and enjoy a warm “Akwabaa” (Welcome).

We have called this event ‘a festival of exchange’ as we would like to invite contributors to share their knowledge and create a platform for sharing ideas with us.  Consequently, the Ghana fashion colloquium will be a mixture of practice and theory.

We will commence the colloquium with a series of workshops which will be open to interested participants (both student and practitioners) both local and from around the world.  Delegates will be invited to join us for visits to local fashion industries for a first hand experience of the growth and challenges faced in Ghana.

 Consequently a vital part of this festival of exchange is your contribution …

We are looking to invite contributions from across the world to:

  1. Provide a workshop platform for local and international delegates.
  2. Respond to the theme – either via exhibitions, workshops, academic papers or surprise us!
  3. We will respond by offering participants a rich and broad experience to fashion in Ghana – from visits to our local fashion industry to attendance at the ‘Glitz’ Africa fashion Week and thus reveal the full spectrum of fashion in Ghana.

 Admission to the event will be free to invited persons.

 If you are interested, please send a summary/abstract with author/s details to Freda Acheampong at


 Abstract/Proposals deadline is 30th June 2014.

Please complete author(s) details as requested:

  • Use MS-Word
  • Font: Arial font size 11
  • Paragraph alignment: Justified
  • The maximum is 500 words including title and keywords


For all abstract and general enquires please contact:

Ms. Albie Mensah:                Tel: +44 (0) 745 237 0398
Mrs. Efua Vandyck:               Tel: +233 (0) 20 818 7875
Dr. Justice Owusu-Bempah:   Tel: +233 (0) 54 373 2548

We look forward to welcoming you to Ghana- Join us for … A festival of exchange!! 

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