Elaine Cheasley-Paterson’s New Anthology, Craft and Heritage: Intersections in Critical Studies and Practice (2021)

Susan Surette (Anthology Editor)Elaine Cheasley Paterson (Anthology Editor)

This collection of 19 original essays argues for a critical and sustained engagement between the fields of craft and heritage.

The book’s interdisciplinary and international array of authors consider how heritage and craft institutions, policies, practices and audiences encounter the constraints and opportunities of production, recognition and exhibition. Case studies spanning 125 years raise and address questions concerning authenticity and commodification, innovation and improvisation, diasporas and decolonization, global economies and national and professional identities. Authors also analyse mechanisms through which craft mobilises and has been harnessed by heritage processes and designations.

Examples range from an Irish village at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the role of chronopolitics in contemporary Vietnamese pottery, to the invisibility of crochet within Swedish heritagisation processes and the application of game theory in a ceramics museum. With section one considering citizenship and identity, section two sustainability and section three dynamic craft in cultural institutions, Craft and Heritage interrogates how craft objects, makers and processes intersect with current heritage concerns and practices.

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