Artisan!: Crafting Alternative Economies, Making Alternative Lives: A Multi-Disciplinary Conference

Country: United Kingdom

City: Bristol

Abstr. due: 01.06.2018

Dates: 10.09.18 — 11.09.18

Area Of Sciences: Economics and management;

Organizing comittee e-mail: artisan@uwe.ac.uk

Organizers: University of the West of England, Bristol

 

We are witnessing a veritable explosion of artisanal production and consumption, as one dimension of a broader craft economy estimated to be worth upwards of £3.4 billion GVA per year. From beer to motorcycles, from bread to furniture, the craft economy offers a reconfigured model of production and speaks to alternative patterns of consumption. Given the craft economy's character as a space of culturally embedded skilled making, artisanal craft stands to benefit from the emergence of important trends in contemporary consumption practices, where bespokeness satisfies an emergent drive for:

  • authenticity
  • sustainability
  • personalisation/individualisation
  • new expressions of connoisseurship.

The conference will address the following themes:

  • Theorising and Conceptualising the artisanal
  • Historicising the artisanal
  • Artisanal practice - (Re)Making and (Re)Crafting - 'Why we make things and why it matters'
  • Crafting the digital
  • Creativity, Innovation, Quality and the Aesthetic in the Context of Artisanal Work
  • Artisanism in the context of advanced technologies
  • The spaces, politics and economics of artisanal production, retail and consumption
  • Social identities, inequalities, relations, movements and networks in the context of artisanal economies
  • Artisanal production and the (sub)cultures of consumption
  • Representing/marketing the artisanal
  • Questions of sustainability - materials, processes, re/upcycling
  • Artisanism, tradition and the nostalgic
  • Crafting vintage and the retro
  • The futures of artisanal production, retail and consumption

Conference Web-Site: https://info.uwe.ac.uk/events/event.aspx?id=22410

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