MFI Fashion Research Leaders Away Day, 5th December

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MANCHESTER FASHION INSTITUTE
Research Leaders Day 5th December 2017
Venue: The Postgraduate Arts and Humanities Centre, 1st Floor Open Space, Righton Building

Amended timings on the calendar invite to reflect the agenda.

10.30 INTRODUCTION
Prof. Berthold Schoene
Faculty Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange

10.45 REF UPDATE
Sam Gray (TBC)
Impact and Engagement Manager

11.00 Discussions: the future of Fashion Research in relation to the REF.

11. 15 Coffee break

11.30 to 12 ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELDWORK
Dr. Sophie Woodward – University of Manchester

After studying for a BA in anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Research Methods at the University of York, she did her PhD in Social Anthropology (Material Culture) at University College London. She has worked in various art and design schools, before moving to Manchester University as a Lecturer in Sociology. She was the cofounder (with Daniel Miller) of the interdisciplinary network the Global Denim Project (www.ucl.ac.uk/global-denim-project)<http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-denim-project)>

12 to 12.15 Discussions and questions

12.15 to 12.45 THE BLACK BOX RESEARCH GROUP
Dr. Sian Bonnell. Reader in Photography

Awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the Royal Photographic Society in 2010 for her contribution to Fine Art Photography, the following year she was awarded the Photoworks Senior Research Fellowship at the British School at Rome. Her images have been exhibited and published widely, most recently throughout 2015 at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and in 2016 in the John Rylands Library in Manchester, the result of a two year funded research project with Manchester University.

12.45 LUNCH

1.30 to 2pm LIGHT-EMITTING TEXTILES
Sarah Taylor. Napier University

Sarah is a design practitioner and researcher with expertise in the area of smart, light-emitting textiles. Since her pioneering research investigating the properties of fibre optics for application within woven textile structures (1995) she has continued to innovate through the use of optical fibre, digital technologies and textile practice.

She has exhibited at national and international venues over the last 25 years including the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Haywood Gallery in London, the National Museum of Scotland and the Museum of Kyoto in Japan. Her work has been shown in major exhibitions including, as a finalist nominee for the 2002 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: Textiles and during the first touring exhibition of the V&A Dundee, Design in Motion (2015) which showcased award winning design work, Digital Lace (ICWC 2014). Her work is in public collections including the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the Museum of Scotland, and has featured in prominent design publications including Art Textiles of the World Volume 3, Techno Textiles and two editions of the International Design Year Book.

2.00 to 2.15 Discussions/ collaborations and questions

2.15 to 2.45 RESEARCH INFORMED TEACHING
Zowie Broach. Head of Fashion. Royal College of Art

Zowie Broach is one of the founders of B O U D I CC A<http://www.platform13.com/>, established in 1997.
B O U D I CC A continues to stand strong and determined as a house, producing a body of work and research that expresses the narrative of identity in fashion. A parallel exploration considers the tailored silhouette, using a multitude of new disciplines such as 3D printing, Processing, Coding, Film and chrono-photography, where the enquiry is more for a re-definition, deconstruction, examination and atomisation of fashion and identity.

2.45 Panel Discussion

3.00 PUBLICISING YOUR RESEARCH
Dominic Smith
Press and Communications Officer (Arts and Humanities)

3.15 Discussions how to publicise your own work

3.30 DEVELOPING A NEW CONFERENCE
Dr Kevin Almond

Dr Kevin Almond has held various appointments in the fashion industry and academia. Kevin has published widely and research interests include: Creative Pattern Cutting, Clothing/Fashion Dichotomies, Sculptural Thinking in Fashion, Fashion as Masquerade. In 2013 he developed a peer reviewed international symposium and forum for practicing pattern cutters, fashion designers, students and educators exploring the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting within contemporary fashion.

4 to 4.10 Questions

4.15 CLOSING COMMENTS
Alison Welsh. Head of Fashion Research