Handicrafting Gender: Craft, Performativity and Cultural Heritage
2018 (English)In: Gender and Heritage: Performance, Place and Politics / [ed] Wera Grahn & Ross Wilson, London: Routledge, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
The editors invite abstracts for inclusion in a landmark edited collection on gender and heritage studies which will form part of the Routledge series Key Issues in Cultural Heritage (Series Editors: Professor William Logan and Professor Laurajane Smith).
This volume will advance the issue of gender within heritage studies by advocating a new, critical role for this field of enquiry. Drawing upon the wide array of interests and objectives that constitutes gender studies within the social sciences, contributors to the volume will illustrate how heritage can be analysed on the basis of e.g. masculinity studies, intersectionality, feminism, queer theory and sexuality studies. The collection will serve to further the study of gender within heritage studies by positioning the construction of these identities as a global concern that shapes all forms of representations of the past. By offering an international perspective, the various social and cultural enactments of gender will highlight the significance of this field in forming a critical heritage studies.
To write the history of craft and heritage engages with constructing a canon of known practices parallel to deconstructing the differences incorporated in institutions dealing with craft. Craft objects have long since been considered as heritage, but craft is also recognized as ’intangible heritage’. This can be seen in UNESCO’s (2008) designation of ’traditional craftmanship’ as a part of global intangible heritage. However, craft's gendered character is not equally recognized. In this article we will discuss craft, heritage and gender from a performativity perspective on making. The main question is how gender patterns are reflected in the understanding of craft, and in heritage making. The aim is to make visible the gender demarcations in the making of craft. We argue that the making of craft and its heritage status has been highly charged with gender differences. Recognizing this is of importance to be able to understand and to challenge heritage making processes and canons when it comes to craft. After a short theoretical background focusing on performativity and the canon of gender differences, three empirical examples are outlined. The first is about organizational aspects of handicraft, the second concerning the technique of crocheting, and the third considering visual representations of crafting, using empirical archival and published materials from the Home Craft Movement in Sweden.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018.
craft, crafting, handicraft, gender, heritage, sloyd
kulturarv, görande, hemslöjd, slöjd, genus, konsthantverk
Research subject Humanities, Art science
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