Friday, 21 October 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS: Canadian Craft Biennial Conference Can Craft? Craft Can!

September 15 and 16, 2017
Burlington and Toronto

The Art Gallery of Burlington in collaboration with Craft Ontario is organizing the first Canadian Craft Biennial Conference to be held September 15 and 16, 2017 in Burlington and Toronto, Ontario.

There are eleven sessions covering a variety of themes and approaches. To submit a proposal to a session, please send an abstract (250 words) with your contact information, a short biography (100 words) to the convener of the session you would like to join by 30 November 2016. The full description for each session can be found at

Regular sessions will include four (4) presentations of twenty (20) minutes each followed by a question period. Number of Pecha Kucha presentations in session five is at the discretion of the conveners. All sessions are 1 hour 45 minutes in length.

1. Indigenous Craft Today: Tradition, Innovation, Action
Convener: Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, Independent Scholar

2. Craft and Wilderness: Combatting Territorial Amnesia
Convener: Amanda Shore

3. Somewhere Between Folklore, Modernity and Utopia: Expo'67 and the development of Fine Crafts and Métiers d'art in Canada
Convener: Bruno Andrus

Note: Bilingual Session; Propositions in French and English are welcome.

4. Decolonizing Craft: contemporary craft, race, and decolonial practice in Canada
Conveners: Anthea Black, OCAD University & Nicole Burisch, Independent critic/curator
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5. The Openness of Craft: Complexity in Current Practices
Convener: Ruth Chambers, University of Regina

6. Identity, Craft / Métiers d’art and Marketing
Convener: Susan Surette, PhD, NSCAD University and Concordia University

Note: Bilingual Session; Propositions in French and English are welcome.

7. Round-Table Session Title: Making Sense: Exploring Creative Methodologies
Convener: Julie Hollenbach PhD Candidate, Department of Art (Art History), Queen’s University.

8. Craft and Public Art
Conveners: Kathy Kranias, PhD Student, Humanities Department, York University, and Lera Kotsyuba, Research Assistant Intern, Ontario Heritage Trust
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9. Making Education: The Changing Nature of Teaching Craft
Convener: Dorie Millerson, Assistant Professor, Chair, Material Art & Design, OCAD University

10. Craft’s Collaborations
Convener: Mireille Perron, Alberta College of Art + Design

11. The digital ties that bind: Practice-lead research in craft
Convener: Stephen Bottomley, Senior lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art/ University of Edinburgh

The full description for each session can be found at

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