Call for craft research

Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences

Welcome to join in the ON-LINE conference on May 4-6, 2021. Registration will open on March 15.

Craft Sciences refer to a unity of research conducted in different craft subjects. The Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences aims to expose the breadth of topics, source material, methods, perspectives and results that reside in this field. The conference provides a platform for communicating craft research beyond the borders of faculties and disciplines. Through the collaboration with the University of Gothenburg’s Centre for Digital Humanities and Media Technology, the conference will provide novel and supported ways to better elicit the performative and material nature of craft research. The traditional call for research papers is amplified with calls for filmed articles, interactive applications, demonstrations and exhibitions. The submitted research contributions will go through a double blind peer review process and the conference proceedings will be published in FORMAkademisk Journal as a whole, and a selection of the contributions will be developed further to form a special issue in Craft Research Journal, both are level 1 Journals according to JUFO and NSD.

Call for craft research

Craft in Action

The Craft Laboratory, Mariestad, May 4-6, 2021

We invite research contributions from any discipline or field that includes craft practice and that particularly aim (but are not limited to) discuss the following six themes:

  1. Multimodal communication of craft research
  2. Craft and society
  3. Craft in interdisciplinary research
  4. Craft pedagogy for higher education
  5. Crafting theory for practice
  6. Craft, heritage and conservation

Original research contributions may be presented as Full research contribution or In Situ research contribution

Full research contribution includes double blind peer review and publication:

  1. Call for multi-media research contributions
  2. Call for research films 
  3. Call for traditional research papers

In Situ research contribution includes peer review of long abstract and on-site video documentation that is published on the conference website:

  1. Call for demonstrations and performances
  2. Call for workshops
  3. Call for exhibition

KEYNOTES: We are happy to announce that the keynotes of our conference include the following speakers: Tim Ingold, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. The keynote-in-dialogue between craft researcher Camilla Groth (University of Gothenburg) and neuroscientists Riitta Hari, Veikko Jousmäki, and Veli-Matti Saarinen (Aalto University) comprises of a clay-throwing performance combined with monitoring of the potter’s behavior using thermal camera and eye-gaze tracker, as well as an interactive discussion of the goals and results of this kind of art–science efforts. We will also have the opportunity to hear a speech by Bengt Molander, Professor of Philosophy at NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

Professor Tim Ingold. Image courtesy of Tim Ingold

Key dates:


Notification of accepted contributions: November 30th, 2020.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION: More information on the Submission Formats, Themes and the Submission Portal can be found here:

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The conference is organised by The Craft Laboratory at the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Photo credits: The Craft Laboratory Mariestad


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