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HAD-660 Crafting Modern Craft-History, Theory, Politics

3 Credits

This course thematically investigates issues in modern craft history and theory across different geographic regions and cultures, including changing definitions of craft; craft labor, production and economies; the accumulation and display of craft objects in private collections and museum displays; and the politics and purposes of craft at individual and collective levels. Questioning how craft has been positioned as lesser in relation to art and design since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, this course explores different definitions of craft used, particularly by cultures and groups that question, refute or resist dominant frameworks.