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Apologies for cross-posting, but please find below information on an upcoming symposium.




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Subject: VARI International Symposium – Encounters on the Shop Floor: Embodiment and the Knowledge of the Maker

Dear Colleagues


I thought you might like to know about this symposium which the V&A’s research Institute is hosting.  The details are below and tickets may be booked at:  


VARI International Symposium – Encounters on the Shop Floor: Embodiment and the Knowledge of the Maker

26-28 June 2019, V&A Hochhauser Auditorium


The knowledge created through making, sometimes called ‘embodied’ or ‘tacit’, is fundamental to life and how we understand the V&A’s collections. Innate within the arts, humanities, sciences and medicine, this knowledge is now at serious risk of being lost. Artists, makers, educationalists, manufacturers, anthropologists, neuroscientists, historians, performers, philosophers, surgeons and curators will come together to develop new ways of articulating and showcasing the cultural, social and environmental potential of this knowledge.


Join us at this V&A Research Institute symposium as we develop a manifesto placing this knowledge at the heart of our future.


Speakers to include:

•             Andrew Brewerton (Plymouth College of Art)

•             Helen Charman (Learning and National Programmes, V&A)

•             Daniel Charny (Kingston School of Art and FixEd)

•             Tomas Diez (Fab Academy, Fab Foundation, Fab Lab Barcelona)

•             Aldo Faisal (Neurotechnology, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London)

•             Haidy Geismar (Department of Anthropology, UCL)

•             Olivia Horsfall Turner (Design, Architecture and Digital, V&A)

•             Tim Ingold (Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen)

•             Carey Jewitt (Institute of Education, UCL)

•             Mark Johnson (Philosophy Department, University of Oregon)

•             Gunther Kress (Institute of Education, UCL)

•             Zoe Laughlin (Institute of Making, UCL)

•             Pip Laurenson (Research Department, Tate and Maastricht University)

•             Tamar Makin (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL)

•             Pamela H. Smith (History Department, Columbia University)

•             Julian Stair (Potter and Independent Scholar)

•             Simona Valeriani (V&A Research Institute)


Please do share with your networks.


Best wishes




Julia Brettell| National Programmes Manager

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