Workshops: April 5 – 6, Fayerweather Hall, Room 513, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University
Conference: April 7 – 8, Faculty House, 2nd Floor, 64 Morningside Drive, Columbia University
— Original Conference Program
— Conference Executive Summary
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— Conference Photos
The conference, demonstration, and workshop, Weaving: Cognition,Technology, Culture, held April 5-8, 2017 at Columbia University, raised questions about the economic, social, and cultural significance of weaving, but also broader issues about craft as cognition, cognitive change over time, innovation in craft and the role of “traditional” crafts in the modern era. It considered the preservation of craft practices and their cultures, as well as issues concerning individual autonomy, sustainability, and dignity in craft-making. The program brought together scholars from history, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and cognitive sciences, experts in textile and craft, textile entrepreneurs, artisans, and artists. Free and open to the public, the program consisted of two parts: a 2-day workshop in which expert weavers demonstrate weaving techniques with opportunities to learn at the looms; and a 2-day interdisciplinary conference, including lectures and discussion by speakers from the academic, art and commercial realm.