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Rethinking Craft in Postindustrial Society

December 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Weatherhead East Asian Institute Event

Please join us for a Conference with:

Rabbit Goody, Thistle Hill Weavers
Yuan Yi, Columbia University
Justin Squizzero, The Burroughs Garret
Carol Cassidy, Lao Textiles
Pamela Smith, Columbia University
Timothy Oakes, University of Colorado Boulder
Karuna Miryam Dietrich Wielenga, Azim Premji University
Jacob Eyferth, The University of Chicago
Eugenia Lean, Columbia University

Craft has long been understood in terms of its adversarial relationship with mechanization and industrialization. In industrial society, where people live surrounded by machine-made, mass-produced commodities, craft has been relegated to the realm of “tradition,” which belongs to the disconnected past. However, what does craft mean in a postindustrial society like today’s United States? When manufacturing, the long-time opponent to craft, no longer constitutes a major economic sector, what is the role of craft and what can we gain from it? These questions become even more critical now when on the one hand, artificial intelligence threatens to encroach on human territory, and on the other hand, the senses of localism, ethical consumption, and environmental consequences are higher than ever. This one-day conference proposes to take advantage of this crucial moment as an opportunity to rethink craft both as a mode of production and as a way of living. By bringing together practitioners and scholars from Asia and the United States, it provides a venue for an interdisciplinary conversation about craft, technology, and the economy. 

This event is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s 70th Anniversary Event and part of Science and Society in Global Asia series.
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No registration required.

 

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December 13, 2019

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Program details:

9:30 – 9:45 Introduction

Yuan Yi, Columbia University

9:45 – 10:45 “Heavy Metal Weaving”: Between Craft and Mechanization

Chair: Yuan Yi, Columbia University

Speaker: Rabbit Goody, Thistle Hill Weavers

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 Made in USA, Made in Laos: Handwoven Textiles

Chair: Pamela Smith, Columbia University

Speakers: Justin Squizzero, The Burroughs Garret

Carol Cassidy, Lao Textiles

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00 State, Craft, and Intangible Cultural Heritage

Chair: Jacob Eyferth, The University of Chicago

Speakers: Timothy Oakes, University of Colorado Boulder

Karuna Miryam Dietrich Wielenga, Azim Premji University

3:00 – 3:15 Coffee Break

3:15 – 4:30 Roundtable 

Moderator: Eugenia Lean, Columbia University

 

Please visit the conference website by clicking here for more information about this program.

 

Address


International Affairs Building, Room 918

420 West 118th Street

 

For press inquiries, please contact Natalie Pretzer-Lin np2603@columbia.edu .

*Your presence at this event indicates your willingness to appear in any photos or videos produced by Columbia and by pre-approved third parties.

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Date:
December 13, 2019
Time:
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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