7th – 8th September 2022

Nexus, University of Leeds, UK


The challenges of recent years have brought about significant change to fashion and textiles education, research and industry practices. Environmental, societal, ethical, cultural and political change, technological and material innovations, decolonisation, diversity and inclusivity have proliferated thinking, making and production. In addition, the devaluing of creative subjects in schools, further education and higher education changes and funding cuts continue to impact. Industry requires and values skills from specialist fashion and textiles training, however, there is scope to increase visibility of the breadth of career opportunities for graduates. Evidencing the value of fashion and textiles education beyond the higher education sector and engaging wider society have become key agendas. Working collectively and collaboratively brings new opportunities for investigation surrounding fashion and textiles.

Futurescan 5: Conscious Communities, the next Association of Fashion & Textile Courses (FTC) hybrid conference brings together established and early career researchers, postgraduates, practitioners, makers, designers and educators to present completed projects or work in progress. The conference provides a forum for the dissemination of research, creative practice and pedagogy surrounding fashion and textiles. Full and short papers, exhibits and posters will discuss, challenge and provoke debate in connection to one or more of the following themes:

ENVIRONMENTAL + RESILIENT COMMUNITIES – Disruption, climate emergency, sustainability, responses to the pandemic, health and wellbeing.

SOCIETAL + POLITICAL COMMUNITIES – Intersectionality, decolonisation, identity, morality, marginalisation, activism and social design.

CULTURAL + ETHICAL COMMUNITIES – Heritage, museums and archives, engagement, inclusivity, diversity and ethical production.

TECHNOLOGICAL + MATERIAL COMMUNITIES – Digital visions and innovations, immateriality versus materiality, handcraft, haptic and tactile.

COLLABORATIVE + PARTICIPATORY COMMUNITIES – Cooperation, co-creation, co-design, making spaces, interdisciplinarity or cross-disciplinary.


Details to follow shortly.

Conference Location
Nexus, University of Leeds
Discovery Way

Attendance at the conference is possible in person or online. Numbers within the venue are restricted. Presenters and exhibitors planning on attending in person are encouraged to register as soon as possible.


Conference Events
Wednesday 7th September

The conference dinner takes place on the evening of Wednesday 7th September 2022 at The Tetley, which is around 25-minutes walk from Nexus.

Delegates attending the conference in person have the option to register to visit the Marks and Spencer Company Archive: Mark in Time before the conference dinner. Numbers are limited to 60 delegates.


Conference Hosts

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, with more than 38,000 students from more than 150 different countries. We are renowned globally for the quality of our teaching and research. We are a values-driven university, and we harness our expertise in research and education to help shape a better future for humanity, working through collaboration to tackle inequalities, achieve societal impact and drive change. The University is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, and plays a significant role in the Turing, Rosalind Franklin and Royce Institutes.


Future Fashion Factory and the School of Design

Future Fashion Factory is an industry-led programme housed in the School of Design at University of Leeds. This is an interdisciplinary School bringing together expertise from a range of design and technology specialisms. Creation and innovation are at the heart of both our teaching and research as we aim to develop new design ideas and provide solutions to issues faced in industry and society. Within Future Fashion Factory, designers lead a highly creative process of applying, co-developing and implementing new textile and industrial digital technologies (IDTs) in collaboration with supply chain manufacturers, retailers and other technology experts in the high value luxury textile and fashion sector. The R&D cluster will deliver exciting new creative innovation opportunities, new products, shorter product development and design lead times, reduced costs, and increased global industrial competitiveness and productivity.

Future Fashion Factory is a five-year, £5.4m project funded by the Creative Industries Clusters Programme (CICP), which is part of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy.



Leeds offers a wealth of accommodation options. Ibis Styles 10-minutes walk from Nexus. There is accommodation around Leeds train station which is 10-minutes walk from The Tetley and 20-minutes walk from Nexus. Visit Leeds has useful links and information.


Further Information


Twitter:           @FTCorg #futurescan5

Instagram:      @futurescan_5


Call for papers