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14 Feb 2014

Chiang Mai | IIAS Summer School on 'Reading Craft' for PhD students


ikat-weaving_1'Reading Craft: Itineraries of Culture, Knowledge and Power in the Global Ecumene' is the title of the 2014 Summer School organised in Chiang Mai, Thailand, August 18-22, by the International Institute for Asian Studies, Netherlands. It is open to applications from PhD research students.

The Summer School is co-hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

Date: 18 - 22 August 2014

Deadline for applications: Friday 14 February 2014, 9.00 am (CET)

For whom: Five days of interactive “Summer School” training. The Summer Programme on “Reading Craft in the Long Global Ecumene” is meant for PhD Students.

Participation is highly competitive and will be limited to a maximum of 20. The IIAS Winter School 2013 welcomed participants from Europe, America, Asia and Australia and 14 nationalities were represented.

Registration: To apply for participation in the Summer School 2014, please fill in the Application form.

Costs: Participants must pay registration fee: € 150 which includes half board accommodation. Selected participants are expected to fund their own travel expenses. Limited (partial) scholarships are available.

Conversations at the Chiang Mai Summer School will revolve around critical reflections on craft in Asian contexts such as:

  • Craft as a knowledge system, and knowledge practices of craft since the early modern era

  • Circulation of craft in Eurasian networks of trade, power and cultural exchange

  • Craft as postcolonial and crypto-colonial national heritage

  • The production and reproduction of hierarchies of gender, class and race through craft – identity contestations

  • Interrogating the "what" of craft: disputes over origin, ownership, authenticity, aesthetics, ethics and representation

  • Engaging with the Local/Global dichotomy through the lens of craft

The Summer School therefore encourages participants whose research work seeks to engage with the history and politics of craft through its reading within the long and global mobilities of science, technology, art and fashion.