Cultural Production and Consumption
Cultural Production and Consumption (CP&C) was formed in 2010, originally as a research theme within the Department of Media and Communication. In July 2016, CP&C was incorporated as a research strand of CAMEo: the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies. With a long-standing commitment to collaboration and interdisciplinarity, CP&C is a hub for a range of projects and events that explore how cultural goods, practices and values are constructed, negotiated, contested and promoted by institutions, groups and individuals.
Craft Cultures, 8-11 November 2016
For full details, please see the CAMEo website.
Craft Cultures was a week of events exploring the contemporary significance of craft. Such an exploration is linked to an appreciation of the increasing visibility and currency of objects made in traditional or non-mechanized ways, from the handmade crafts on Etsy to the ever-changing selections of craft beers in micropubs. More fundamentally, the significance of craft is bound up in ideas and ideals of craft as skillfulness and the power of ingenuity, the transformative potential of pleasure in making, and the desire and satisfaction associated with doing things well. At the same time, celebratory discussions of craft require a critical examination of the limitations and cooptation of craft’s radical potential within hegemonic systems of production and consumption, and of the difficult realities of making a living through craft and reviving craft skills in everyday life.
You can see the keynote talks from our headline event, 'A Conversation on Craft Culture' here:
- 'Craft of Use' keynote by Kate Fletcher, author of Craft of Use: Post-Growth Fashion (URL: https://youtu.be/S-rLESlLgjI)
- 'More than ‘Cool Capitalism’?' keynote by Susan Luckman, author of Craft and the Creative Economy (URL: https://youtu.be/DmwCwRSCGX4)
- Discussant Nicola Thomas (URL: https://youtu.be/rEgPOGME5pQ)
The talks considered craft across the divide of the everyday and the professional, from research on the ordinary practices of use and craft and their implications for sustainability in the fashion sector, to examinations of craft work and craft micro-economies.
Craft Cultures events brought together over 100 participants: researchers, teachers, students, makers, artists and practitioners sharing interests in issues of creativity, artisanal production, creative industries and micro-enterprise, sustainability, and craft as object and practice. Thanks to all who could join us!
- Smith Maguire, J., Bain, J., Davies, A., Touri, M. (forthcoming) Storytelling and Market Formation: An Exploration of Microbrewers in the UK. In: N. Chapman, J.S. Lellock and C. Lippard (Eds) Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of the Craft Beer Revolution. West Virginia University Press.
- The Cultural Intermediaries Reader, edited by Jennifer Smith Maguire & Julian Matthews and published by Sage (2014).
- Special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies on Cultural Intermediaries, 15 (5), October 2012, edited by Jennifer Smith Maguire & Julian Matthews.
Check out other past projects and publications.
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