Author: Kate Fletcher

Union Local Assembly at ArtEZ Community Event

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On 5th June 2019, the Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion is holding its first Local Assembly in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and we invite you to come and take part. The Local Assembly will take place within a ‘Community Event’ of the ArtEZ Fashion Professorship and MA Fashion Held in Common. It will be organised using open space methodology and will discuss urgent questions and issues around fashion and sustainability. Our intention is to draft […]

Call out for names of funders from around the world – can you help?

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UCRF is compiling a list of names and addresses of funding organisations who offer grants to fund projects about fashion and/or sustainability from around the world. These organisations might be traditional funding councils, where the grants are from public money, or they may be trusts, foundations or many more things besides. Our goal is to build a dialogue with funding organisations about the need to support a diversity of projects, including those that deal with […]

Conference announcement: Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda, 13th May 2019

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The Sustainable Fashion Research Agenda conference (SFRA) is a Danish initiative driven by the urgent need for providing a more public and extrovert voice for research, as current industry claims about progress towards sustainable fashion are often anecdotal in nature and not supported by scientific evidence. In effect, the messages about the current state of sustainable fashion are aspirational at best and greenwashing at worst. Small-scale projects are elevated into global trends even though it […]

News from the first Wiki Editathon

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Editing the sustainable fashion Wikipedia page brought together nine signatories of the Union of Concerned Researchers’ manifesto on Tuesday 26th February. Four from Europe were able to communicate through a chat room, and the five New Yorkers saw each other in the flesh. There was laughter as well as many conversations about how to go about editing. Barely anyone had any experience of editing a Wiki and the page was in need of a good […]

Wiki-editathon

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The Union’s first collaborative action is now underway! On 26th February 2019 between GMT 15:00 – 22:00, a group of volunteers from the Union signatories are jointly editing Wikipedia’s sustainable fashion pages. We are frustrated that too often work is replicated in the area of fashion and sustainability, and we summise that this is perhaps because people don’t know about what has gone before. To combat this our goal is to sharpen and extend the […]