Open Call for Programme Proposals

‘Ways of Caring - Practicing Solidarity’

International Fashion conference
June 30 & July 1, 2022
Arnhem, The Netherlands

Organized by ArtEZ University of the Arts x State of Fashion
In collaboration with Fashion Revolution

Do you want to curate and present an engaging online programme within a hybrid fashion conference on solidarity? This is a call for all fashion platforms, researchers, educational institutions, collectives etc. to send in their proposals.

‘Ways of Caring - Practicing Solidarity’

The conference ‘Ways of Caring - Practicing Solidarity’ explores how to practice solidarity in fashion. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve heard many calls for solidarity, a more solidary fashion industry and more solidary practices of making and wearing. Yet, what are solidary ways of making, wearing and doing fashion? What does practicing solidarity actually mean? What or whom do we need to be solidary with? What does it mean to be solidary with each other, with animals, or with the earth, for example? How should we learn to do so? What should we unlearn? And how can we create the conditions to perform solidary behaviour on the long term? 

The conference starts from a critique on the non-solidary strategies inherent to the contemporary neo-liberal, market-driven society and consumer culture, and subsequently the dominant industrial fashion system. The Covid-19 pandemic again shed light on the limitations and untenability of the industry’s operations. It has – once more – revealed its non-solidary strategies of disconnection, exploitation, alienation, non-transparency, mass-production and -consumption, exclusivity, and its systemic de-humanization, de-animalization, and intersectional inequalities. At the same time, the pandemic has shown the urgency of practicing more care for others, like other human beings, living beings, or more care for the matter and materials that we live with. In this sense, the pandemic reinforced our sense of being interconnected and interdependent, which underlines that we must go beyond individualistic thinking and towards collective action.

In this conference we want to create encounters, open up conversations, and facilitate actual dialogues to collectively explore possible ways of practicing more solidarity in fashion. In close collaboration with Fashion Revolution, we invite platforms, educational institutes, artists, designers, collectives, researchers, performers, activists, healers, farmers, and/or critical fashion practitioners to share and present their visions on how to practice solidarity in fashion, and what that could – should – entail in the future. We value sharing knowledge, ex-change and interactions, strengthening relations, collectivity and communities. 

Programme Proposals & Subthemes

‘Ways of Caring - Practicing Solidarity’ is a hybrid conference with a two-day programme: 

● Day 1: an online 24 hour programme streamed from 10 different countries with local partners who curate max. 2-hour sub-programmes 

● Day 2: a live* programme in the city of Arnhem, the Netherlands, curated by ArtEZ x State of Fashion  

* Preferably live on location, but depending on the developments around COVID-19, we may have to switch to online.

The language of the conference is English.  

This Open Call specifically invites programme proposals for Day 1: the conference day that takes place online as a 24 hour livestream event.  

We welcome programme proposals from all over the world, that take on many different forms, such as panel discussions, interviews, interactive exercises, tutorials, film screenings, performance screenings and/or healing sessions. Proposals are related to, for example, but not limited to, the following subthemes: 

Solidarity in relation to: 

- systems, and ways of structuring and organizing networks
- forms of exchange and sharing
- practices of making and/or wearing 
- the profession of a fashion designer 
- education and (un)learning practices  
- solidarity economies  
- ways of caring, and wellbeing 
- moral transformation of behavior 
- affect and empathy  
- practices of commoning  
- practicing collectivity 
- embodiment 
- agency 

What we ask

- Curated programme proposals with a maximum time-length of 2 hours, related to the conference theme. 

- You are able and willing to organize and moderate the proposed programme online, on the 30th of June (12 AM – GMT +1 until July 1th 12 AM), as part of Day 1 of the conference 'Ways of Caring - Practicing Solidarity’. 

- Submissions must include a production budget of max €1.000,- incl. VAT, possible fees included.  

- You are able and willing to communicate online in English to the conference producer. 

What we offer

- Selected programmes will be part of the 24 hour livestream on Day 1 of the conference ‘Ways of Caring - Practicing Solidarity’.
- All participants will be invited to meet each other in an online group-gathering prior to the conference.
- Participants will be joined between the programmes by 1-2 inspiring key note speakers and/or moderators.
- State of Fashion & ArtEZ offer online technical support (livestream) to participants. Filming on location must be arranged by the participant.
- State of Fashion & ArtEZ offer a maximum production budget of €1.000 incl. fees and VAT for each selected programme proposal.
- Selected programs will be recorded and shared after the conference through the channels of State of Fashion and ArtEZ.
- All selected contributions will be considered for publication in APRIA, the online ArtEZ Platform for Research Interventions of the Arts. (apria.artez.nl)

How to submit your proposal

We invite programme proposals related to the conference theme and subthemes. All proposals should include: 

* A written programme proposal of maximum 2 A4, written in English (or should be able to be copied for translation purposes), in which you describe the theme, elements and timeline of your programme; 

* Include at least 2 examples of involved speakers / contributors; 

* Include a production budget (maximum of €1.000,- incl. fees and VAT). 

* It is allowed to include images (max. 2 A4) to clarify your ideas; 

* Include all contact information (name, email address, phone number); 

* Add 3-5 keywords to specify the relation to the conference theme.  

This Open Call has been closed.

Selection Process

All proposals will go through a review and selection process, where the proposals will be evaluated along the following criteria: 1) relevance for the conference 2) accessibility 3) engagement. An intersectional perspective is a plus.

Selection will be carefully made by representatives of the State of Fashion Biennale 2022 curator-team (Not_Enough Collective and Fashion Open Studio) and ArtEZ University of the Arts (Fashion Professorship, MA Critical Fashion Practices, MA Practice Held in Common, BA Fashion Design). A diverse student body will be part of the selection committee.

Important dates

This Open Call has been closed. If you have any questions about the conference please contact: opencall@stateoffashion.org

Review and selection of proposals will be completed before mid-March.

Contributors will be notified before the end of March, 2022.


Organized by ArtEZ University of the Arts x State of Fashion 

Partners ArtEZ: Fashion Professorship, MA Critical Fashion Practices, MA Practice Held in Common, BA Fashion Design, ArtEZ studium generale, ArtEZ Press / APRIA 

Curators State of Fashion: Fashion Open Studio & Not_Enough Collective  

Conference Partner: Fashion Revolution



Open Call for Programme Proposals