Call for Papers / Call for Makers

7th – 8th September 2022 -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) conference invites submissions from established and early career researchers, postgraduates, practitioners, makers, designers and educators regarding completed projects or work in progress. The conference provides a forum for the dissemination of research, creative practice and pedagogy surrounding fashion and textiles. Submissions are encouraged that discuss, challenge and provoke debate in connection to one or more of the following themes:



Disruption, climate emergency, sustainability, responses to the pandemic, health and wellbeing.



Intersectionality, decolonisation, identity, morality, marginalisation, activism and social design.



Heritage, museums and archives, engagement, inclusivity, diversity and ethical production.



Digital visions and innovations, immateriality versus materiality, handcraft, haptic and tactile.



Cooperation, co-creation, co-design, making spaces, interdisciplinarity or cross-disciplinary.



Contributors can choose from the submission formats:

Full Paper:       20-minute conference presentation 

Short Paper:    10-minute conference presentation 

Poster:             Digital file

Exhibit:            Physical or digital examples of practice-based work


For all submissions please provide:  

  • Title
  • Abstract (maximum 250 words) 
  • Keywords (5)
  • Theme(s)
  • Format – Full Paper, Short Paper, Poster or Exhibit
  • Author(s) and affiliation(s), option to include ORCID iD
  • Biography for each author (maximum 150 words each)


Poster submissions as single file upload:

  • A1 (84.1cm x 59.4 cm), landscape page orientation, PDF format (maximum 200MB)
  • Sufficient resolution (i.e. 300dpi) to be enlarged and viewed on digital devices
  • On the poster include title, author(s) and affiliations(s), text and images


Exhibit submissions should include:

  • Images of the work (5 images, 10MB each maximum)
  • Type of work – Image(s) (printed or digital), Artefact, Film, Performance
  • Preferred method of display – Wall-mounted, Free-standing, Digital image(s), Film, Printed image(s), Mannequin(s), Table top, Plinth
  • A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) PDF document (maximum 50MB) of additional information to include: 
    • Number of pieces of work and dimensions (Height x Width x Depth in centimetres)
    • Options for display
    • Physical or digital kit required (i.e. mannequin, software, screen)
    • URL/link for larger work (i.e. film) – optional


Please note:

  • Exhibition space is limited, as with all submissions, exhibits will be peer reviewed, please provide as much information as possible
  • For physical exhibits, contributors will be required to install the day before the conference
  • We hope for an in-person conference, when submitting you will be asked about attending.




Associated Journals

We are delighted to announce that articles formed from conference presentations can be submitted to the associated conference journals for consideration:

Manuscript submissions are before the conference – 31 June 2022

Manuscript submissions are after the conference – 15 November 2022

Articles for journal submission will be subject to journal peer review processes and must comply with the relevant journal publication guidelines.


FTC Post-Conference Publication

Selected papers, posters and exhibits will be made available online by the FTC after the conference. Submissions are required by 13 December 2022. 

Full Paper:                 3000-5000 words

Short Paper:              1500-3000 words

Poster:                       PDF file

Exhibit:                       Overview of practice-based work, 500-1000 words and minimum 3 images


Key Dates

Call for Papers / Call for Makers issued                          October 2021 

Closing date for abstracts                                                  17 January 2022                                  

Acceptance and feedback                                                  18 April 2022

Journal article submission (optional)                               31 June 2022

Virtual exhibit upload                                                           22 August 2022

Presentation upload                                                             1 September 2022

Physical exhibit onsite installation                                    6 September 2022

Futurescan 5 Conference                                                   7 – 8 September 2022

Journal article submission (optional)                               15 November 2022

Post-conference publication submission (optional)      13 December 2022


Further Information



Twitter:           @FTCorg #futurescan5


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.


Association of Fashion and Textile Courses (FTC)

The FTC exists as an organisation to promote and develop fashion and textiles through academic debate, education and research. Through its networks, the FTC has extensive links with industry, public and professional bodies and acts to advise on quality in educational matters nationally and internationally. 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 member institutions.