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Roger Kneebone – Crossing Boundaries at The New York Academy of Medicine

April 4, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY

This lecture explores surgery as a site of performance and craftsmanship as well as the application of scientific knowledge. Based on extended collaborations with musicians, magicians, puppeteers and craftsmen, Roger identifies parallels between apparently unconnected domains of expert practice. Much … Continue reading

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The Business of Handloom Fashion: The Future of Sustainable Dyeing and Weaving Workshops in India and Okinawa

April 4, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 918, 420 W 118th St
New York, NY 10027 United States

The contrasting fate of handloom workshops in India, Okinawa, and China is rooted in cultural and institutional forces such as government policies and the shape of the market. What does the future look like for workshops in India and Okinawa (and, say, embroidery workshops in China)? What are the sociotechnical keys to sustainability and development? Is it technical innovation? Publicly-funded training programs? Collaboration with fashion designer houses? Direct internet marketing? For a weaving workshop—any craft workshop—to be viable, it has to generate enough sales for its products over a sustained period. In this roundtable, we survey the business approaches that work and ponder strategies for sustainable growth into the future.

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