Edited Volume: The Craft Economy: Making, Materiality, and Meaning (July 2014)

Contacts: Susan.Luckman@unisa.edu.au and Nicola.J.Thomas@exeter.ac.uk
Deadline for abstract proposals: 31 July 2014

Edited by Susan Luckman (University of South Australia) & Nicola Thomas (University of Exeter).

A making renaissance is underway with handmade practice and goods in global demand. Thus the central aim of The Craft Economy collection is to bring together a comprehensive account of the current moment of growth in the contemporary handmade marketplace. We wish to examine the reasons why we are now seeing such significant growth, and identify the key drivers – both in terms of production and consumption. Importantly, we seek to locate this discussion within the larger picture of its implications for our understandings of the contemporary cultural economy. For example, what it may reveal about perceptions of authenticity and practices of ethical consumption, as well as shifting labour and production models (creative micro-enterprise; the home-based digital cultural economy; the attraction of entrepreneurial self-employment; and the gendering of craft work). In the digital age, almost seventy years since the Frankfurt School first railed against the culture industry’s commodification and standardisation of all art, the bespoke ‘analogue’ physical item becomes Othered, different, desirable. Handmade objects are imbrued with touch, and therefore offer a sense of the ‘authentic’ in an ‘inauthentic’ world: they offer connection to the maker through the skill and learning apparent in their construction, and they demonstrate the time spent on their making in a way in most other objects cannot. Handmade cultural goods thus need to be located within wider debates regarding ethical consumption, makings, and ‘retro’ interest in unique physical artefacts.
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Creative practice, complexity and the creative economy (May 2012, Birmingham UK)

Date: 31 May 2012
Location: Birmingham University, UK
Website: http://www.complexity-creative-economy.net/final-research-symposium.html
Deadline for abstracts: 1 April 2012

This research symposium constitutes the closing event of the AHRC funded project ‘The role of complexity in the creative economies: connecting people, ideas and practice’ (AH/J5001413/1).

The symposium is an opportunity for us to share our findings but is also an opportunity to engage with other academics and practitioners doing research on the creative economy or on creative practice and using complexity methods. We would welcome paper proposals from academic and practitioners’ discussing their investigations and experiences of using complexity theory in their research on the creative economy or in their creative practice and the potential methodological challenges involved.

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Interior Economies: IDEA JOURNAL 2011 (June 2011)

Guest Editor: Julieanna Preston
Details at http://www.idea-edu.com/Journal/2011/2011-IDEA-Journal
Website: www.idea-com.au
Deadline for expression of interest: 30 June 2011.

Academics, research students and practitioners are invited to submit design research papers and critical project works that engage with interior design/interior architecture theory and practice for the IDEA JOURNAL 2011.

Originally identifying the household or family as the basic unit of society, the term economy implicates the social and material relations of a prominent type of interior, the domestic sphere. The notion of economy has expanded in contemporary usage to denote systems of production, distribution, exchange and consumption at a global scale. In much of today’s world, to be economical is to make the efficient use of resources, even to the extent of frugality. And yet, in sharp contrast and with immediate relevance, economy conceptually refers to a face to face relational exchange, an active sharing and social interaction which has the capacity to occur in interiors other than those inscribed by physical enclosure or geographical locale.

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Int|AR Journal Vol 3: Sustainable Architecture in Emerging Economies (June 2011)

Contact: intarjournal@risd.edu
Focus of Volume 3: Emerging Economies
Deadline for summaries: 17 June 2011.

The subject of Volume 03 is the practice of adaptive reuse in emerging economies. Volume 03 aims to shed light on the characteristics of today’s different emergent world markets as they impact issues of energy, historical memory and the reuse of existing structures, infrastructure and cities.

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8th Intl Conf on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability (Jan 2012, Vancouver Canada)

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
10-12 January 2012
Deadline for abstracts: 19 May 2011

This year’s Sustainability Conference will take place in Vancouver, Canada at the University of British Columbia, Robson Square. A satellite campus of the University of British Columbia, UBC Robson Square is located in downtown Vancouver.  The largest city on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver is dedicated to incorporating sustainability in all of its practices, making it the ideal city to discuss the themes of the conference.

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Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy (Nov 2010, Kingston Ontario Canada)

Date: Friday, November 19, 2010

The Monieson Centre at Queen’s University is researching the rural creative economy and its links to regional revitalization. Creative economic activities comprising professional contributions such as art, advertising, design, film, publishing, education, R&D, software and media have the potential to contribute to the vitality of 21st century rural Canadian communities.  This innovative and interactive forum will provide academics (faculty and students), business community representatives and economic developers with opportunities to debate ideas, examine theory, present research findings and exchange experiences in order to emerge with a refined understanding of the rural creative economy.

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