SEMINAR – HYBRID EVENT: Why Craft Matters Like Never Before

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: SCAS SCAS, Linnéanum, Thunbergssalen, Thunbergsvägen 2 Uppsala
  • Lecturer: Robin Holt, Guest of the Principal, SCAS. Professor, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School. Visiting Professor, Nottingham Business School
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  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

Robin Holt, SCAS and Copenhagen Business School, gives a seminar on "Why Craft Matters Like Never Before". The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.


Our place in the world seems to be beset by what Marilynne Robinson observes to be an atmosphere of joyless urgency. What was once certain is now lost in endless cycles of translation: everything is to become a subject of improvement. Craft offers a reprieve. The restoration and expansion of work practices and products that quietly and generously commit to more sustainable and organically complete lifestyles emerges as an organizational oasis amid the ruinous rush for progress. Its distinctive attractiveness unfolds as might a patch of red poppies set themselves amid a wasteland; its desirability becomes a naturally occurring imperative. But it is a dangerous imperative. It suggests not only that the certainties we crave are available to us, if only we looked back and recovered ‘the old ways’, but that they are desirable. My talk acknowledges something heartfelt in the turn to craft. The imperative to make and use things well carries the possibility for recalibrating how we, as a species, organize (and are organized by) processes of material wealth production. Yet in excavating and understanding this ‘turn’, I critically question whether the value of craft really rests with its offer of refuge from the headless and heedless forces of extractive industrialism. Perhaps, more potent still, is its commitment to the generative qualities of embracing, rather than avoiding, uncertainty.

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