An opportunity for all craft scholars!
Academy of Design & Crafts (HDK), University of Gothenburg, Sweden is currently accepting applications for funded PhD study in Craft and Design.
The application deadline is September 1, 2017.
Further information can be found on the University of Gothenburg website: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=926
The Poetics and Politics of “Anonymous” Contemporary Craft
Chair(s): Ezra Shales, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, [email protected]
Is anonymity in conditions of artisanal production counterintuitive to our understanding of contemporary craft? The great majority of recent exhibitions and publications about modern and contemporary craft cite artistry that has a known provenance, mainly comprised of identified individual authors. Is the monographic study of individual genius, a convention established by Vasari in the Renaissance, still helpful or a hindrance, and does that model serve the meanings of pottery, weaving, or cast metals, where workshops of dozens (or hundreds) are the longer historical tradition? If one of the strengths of craft history has been an expansive view beyond the traditional art historical canon and an inclusion of women’s work and indigenous making, a recurring weakness has been its paternalistic attitudes towards marginalized and underrepresented cultures. For instance, a craft museum recently exhibited 20th-century metalwork as “anonymous African jewelry,” a shorthand that normatizes three problematic terms in one fell swoop. This session seeks papers on anonymous artisans which go beyond the insider/outsider duality and which strive for taxonomies with more nuance than ‘folk,’ and especially welcomes field work that strays into complex manufacturing or collective production as well as case studies that “look at what the practitioners do” (Geertz, 1973).
Submission deadline: August 14, 2017
CAA Annual Call for Proposals (http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/call-for-participation.pdf)
The trustees of the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham, Surrey, have announced the Morfudd Roberts fellowship. This is an opportunity for someone working in the field of textiles research to submit an application for postdoctoral research, either for a new project or work that is in progress. The fellow would be based in Farnham and would focus on the Craft Study Centre’s textile collections.
For more information on the fellowship: http://www.csc.ucreative.ac.uk/index.cfm?articleid=40690
For more information on the Craft Study Centre’s archive: http://www.vads.ac.uk/