Making Futures: the crafts in the context of emerging global sustainability agendas

Making Futures

Title: Making Futures: the crafts in the context of emerging global sustainability agendas
Location: Plymouth, Devon, UK.
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The purpose of ‘Making Futures’ is to improve understanding of the ways in which the contemporary crafts are practiced in relation to significant and new emerging agendas relating to global environmental and sustainability issues.

The objectives include trying to understand whether these ‘agendas’ offer opportunities for the crafts to redefine and reconstitute themselves as less marginalised, more centrally productive forces in society, through new formulations and/or re-articulations of practices, identities, positions and markets, in ways that might engage more closely with contemporary social and cultural needs.

‘Making Futures: the crafts in the context of emerging global sustainability agendas’ aims to bring together an international cast of academics, practitioners, curators, campaigners, activists, and representatives from associated organisations and agencies, to develop and explore the conference theme. The conference seeks to incorprate a diverse range of practice-based case studies with approaches rooted in historical and cultural modelling encompassing social, technological, critical-theoretical, and economic and political perspectives. Throughout, the intention will be to advance understanding and debate of this important area where practice and aesthetics confront contemporary social and political imepratives.

The conference invites submissions from practitioners, curators, historians, theorists, campaigners, activists, and representatives of public and private agencies with an interest in the relationship between the contemporary crafts and sustainability issues.


John Thackara is an acclaimed author on issues concerning art and design sustainability issues and founder and director of ‘Doors of Perception’, the internationally respected design futures & sustainability network.

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Carl Honore is the author of ‘In Praise of Slow’, the book that helped define the global slow movement. ‘Under Pressure’, Carl’s second book explores the good, the bad and the ugly of modern childrearing. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages and landed on bestseller lists in many countries.

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Start Date: 2009-09-17
End Date: 2009-09-18

Source: Making Futures and Puff and Flock

Mary has a PhD in Sociology from University of Edinburgh, researching responsible fashion and transnational labour rights activism in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

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