The “material-turn” in the humanities has brought increased attention to the study of craft in art and design history, decorative arts and material culture studies, as well as other disciplines, such as anthropology and science and technology studies. Institutions are combining academic traditions of the humanities and social sciences with “learning by doing” pedagogy and the influence of global studies has led scholars to research, understand, and contextualize craft outside of the studio craft or the arts and craft movements. Beyond the humanities and social sciences, fields ranging from architecture and urban planning to engineering and computer science have begun to explore the craft-like nature and implications of their research and professional practice.

Craft studies is at a critical moment as more disciplines turn their research towards craft and more scholars expand the geographic and temporal boundaries of the field. The 2018 Shared Ground symposium will explore cross-disciplinary approaches to craft studies, with an eye towards intersecting and divergent theories, methodologies, and approaches in this emerging area of study.


A detailed schedule and ticketing information is available here.

Thursday, September 20, 5:30–10 pm
The Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Friday, September 21, 9 am–6 pm (SOLD OUT*)
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

Saturday, September 22, 10 am–3:45 pm (SOLD OUT*)
The Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019


*This three-day symposium will be livestreamed. Please check back the day of the event for a link to the video. To watch videos of past events please visit our YouTube page.

The 2018 Shared Ground symposium is presented by Bard Graduate Center, the Center for Craft, and the Museum of Arts and Design with support from the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.