I am seeking participants to speak about ideas of craft and exchange for an American Studies Association panel. The conference will be held in Albuquerque, NM during October 16-19, 2008.
The theme for the yearly convention is "Back Down to the Crossroads: Integrative American Studies in Theory and Practice.”
As such, this panel would consider how notions of craft and exchange intersect. Included in the idea of craft are needlecrafts (knitting, spinning, weaving, embroidery), pottery, jewelry-making, and the like.
Since the term “craft” (rather than “art”) has historically been ascribed to women’s creative output, I have a particular interest in feminist histories. Given the location of this year’s conference, I would especially welcome ideas that include Native American or colonial themes. Both historical and contemporary accounts of trade and exchange are welcome.
Please submit a CV and a one-page proposal by email ASAP but at least by 1/20. Earlier submissions will receive preference. You can also shoot off a query email first, if you like.
Art and Design
Iowa State University
158 College of Design
Ames, IA 50011-3092
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