Call for Applications - Deadline 1 December 2016
This two week workshop aims to engage both the theory and practice of craft knowledge by teaching participants the Lanna techniques of weaving alongside expert weavers, at the same time engaging with the scholarly challenge of making embodied craft knowledge explicit. As the students are trained in crafts by practitioners in a weaving workshop near Chiang Mai, they will discuss concepts such as tacit expertise and technological literacy, pedagogy in sensory and material knowledge, innovation and sustainability in traditional technological cultures, with the practitioners, as well as invited scholars and activists in history, anthropology, and sociology from around the world. Set in the rural environment around Chiang Mai, this workshop will bring together three conveners: one historian of science and technology, one weaving/craft expert, and one scholar of development practice in craft, to guide the group of doctoral candidates in reflexive practice – both of weaving and writing.
We will accept up to 10 PhD students, whose scholarly work relates to these issues, who will learn Lanna techniques of weaving in a workshop near Chiang Mai while living in a basic setting near the workshop. Activities include daily weaving practice, pre-loom preparation, dyeing, field trips to Wat Pah Daed, Yang Luang, Karen and Lua communities to observe their weaving practice, to village co-operatives, local markets and private textile museums, as well as academic sessions.
By requiring that students engage in learning weaving and dyeing, not as observers but as participants, and by re-instating craftspeople as experts and teachers, not just of the craft, but also in mobilizing knowledge about it, the workshop seeks both to invert the social and political hierarchy of knowledge that positions scholarly knowledge over craft, and to explore what craft knowledge can bring to academia, and to the larger societal challenge of sustainable development. It will require sometimes strenuous physical labor as well as reflexive scholarly engagement by students. It will require that students assume the role of apprentices as well as problem solvers and storytellers who, for example, use metaphors to capture how things look, sound or smell. Focusing on these two different modes of thinking about and making knowledge -- the practice of weaving and scholarly work – will afford new possibilities to understand the nature of embodied knowledge.
We welcome applications from PhD students whose research deals with the themes of the Summer Workshop. No previous experience of weaving is required.
The registration fee for participation at the Weaving Knowledge Summer Workshop is € 150. For more information on what is included in this fee, please see General Information.
(Partial) travel grants are available for selected participants.
Weaving Knowledge - Financial Support
All participants will receive accommodations for 18 nights, lunch during the event, two group dinners per week, and local transport (as necessary) between the accommodation, Summer Workshop studio, and all fieldtrip sites.
In addition, the organizers will offer a number of (partial) scholarships to highly qualified candidates. A scholarship consists of a travel grant, which covers (partial) travel expenses.
Recipients will be selected with consideration to financial need and demonstrated motivation for participating in the Summer Workshop.
How to apply for a scholarship
Before submitting the scholarship application, please complete the online application form. Without a completed application form on file, we cannot process your scholarship application.
Prospective candidates for a scholarship are required to submit the following required additional documents by 1 December 2016 to Ms Martina van den Haak (seminar coordinator IIAS) via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The scholarship application should include the following documents:
Statement of Purpose (approximately one page, may be single-spaced)
Please explain why the Summer Workshop 2017 in Chiang Mai would be important to your academic studies or career and why you feel you deserve a scholarship. Please also outline the reasons why you need a scholarship to cover the (partial) travel expenses.
A recommendation letter from a teacher or professor
The recommendation letter should be sent by email and should be from someone familiar with your recent research, and preferably someone familiar with your research as related to the Summer Workshop themes. The letter must include the referee’s contact information.
6 July 2017 to 23 July 2017
BAN RAI JAI SOOK (JAI-SOOK STUDIO)
Nussara Tiengkate, Pamela H. Smith, Annapurna Mamidipudi
Sponsored by the Center for Science and Society, Columbia University; Chiang Mai University; International Institute for Asian Studies; the Dorothy Borg Research Program, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
For questions related to the Summer Workshop 2017, please contact Ms. Martina van den Haak at email@example.com
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