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INTERSECTIONS // Collaborations in Textile Design Research

Loughborough University in London // 13 September 2017

INTERSECTIONS is a one-day conference with exhibition of work organised by the Textile Design Research Group at Loughborough University exploring collaborations in textile design research to be held at Loughborough University in London on 13 September 2017.

INTERSECTIONS is interested in case studies which reveal unusual connections and cross- or interdisciplinary collaborations furthering research in the field of textiles and textile design.  How are these initiated? What makes a successful collaboration leading to innovative research? What are the issues? Why collaborate?

Topics may include

  • Collaborations with society, industry, institutions
  • Applied textile thinking
  • Materials
  • Processes
  • Integrated digital practice
  • Craft, hands-on design, hand processes
  • Emerging technologies
  • SMART, functional, wearable, interactive textiles
  • Well-being
  • Sustainability

Abstracts will be peer reviewed and accepted authors will be invited to submit full papers (3000-5000 words) by 31 May 2017. Conference contributors may be invited to submit to a Special Issue of the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice.

The exhibition will show work which demonstrates textile design research through collaboration and cross/interdisciplinary practice. This could be practice resulting from collaboration, a collection of research samples illustrating a conference submission or collaborative research.

Key dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts **Extended until 10 March 2017**
Notification of acceptance of abstracts 17 March 2017
Deadline for submission of full papers 31 May 2017
Deadline for exhibition proposals 31 May 2017
Deadline for submission of exhibition work 31 August 2017              


For paper presentations: a 200-300 word abstract for a conference contribution with a 100 word author biography no later than 28 February 2017 to

For exhibition application: a 200-300 word proposal of work with up to 4 related images (maximum size 1MB) and a 100 word artist biography no later than 31 May 2017 to

For enquiries, please contact

Loughborough University London is located on Queen Elizabeth Park, site of the 2012 Olympics, in Stratford, East London.


For information on travel to Queen Elizabeth Park, please see Loughborough University London's webpages, which include maps and directions.


There are many hotels located clsoe to Queen Elizabeth Park, including: 

Premier Inn


Holiday Inn Express



**Other hotels are available, including links to these hotels does not consitute an endorsement on the part of the organisers

Book your place to attend INTERSECTIONS via our online booking store

£125 early bird and speakers’ rate (available until 30 June 2017)

£150 standard rate

£100 PhD students (limited places)

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