Call for craft research

Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences

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 there will be a digital publication of the conference proceedings.

Call for craft research


Craft in Action

The Craft Laboratory, Mariestad, September 22-24 , 2020

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 on the conference website:

  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. Riitta Hari, Emerita Professor in Neuroscience at Aalto University and Camilla Groth, Craft researcher and Post doc at University of Gothenburg who will perform an interactive dialogue together, aided by Veikko Jousmäki, PhD and Senior Researcher in Neuroscience and specialized in neuroImaging and Veli-Matti Saarinen MSc who is Research Engineer at Aalto University and specialized in eye-tracking and thermalImaging amongst other technologies. 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:

Submission deadline for long abstracts, stage 1: March 10th, 2020 

Final deadline of full contributions, stage 2: May 10th, 2020

Notification of accepted contributions: June 15, 2020

Conference: September 22 – 24, 2020

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

For more general information on how to attend the conference, please click here


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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