Past Event

Rethinking Craft in Postindustrial Society

December 13, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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International Affairs Building (Room 918), Columbia University, 420 West 118 Street, New York

Event Description: 

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.

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This event is free and open to the public; no registration required. Please visit the event website for a conference schedule. 

Organized by Yuan Yi as part of a 2019 Seed Grant from the Center for Science and Society. Co-sponsors include Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Department of East Langauges and Cultures, both at Columbia University.