International symposium The values of craft: the craft as intangible heritage

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Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication together with the Crafts Council Neder­land and the European Year of Cultural Heritage have the pleasure of welcoming you to the 2018 Symposium on The Values of Craft: The craft as intangible heritage that will be held in Rotterdam from 1 to 2 March 2018. 

The symposium brings together international experts, academicians and practitioners in the field, and aims to stimulate ideas and knowledge exchange on craft. The focus is on identifying the main conceptual issues related to craft, as well as collecting empirical evidence from the best practices and interesting case studies in the field, aiming to demonstrate the importance of craft culture for the economy and society at large. 
The symposium is open to students, scholars, craftspeople, and those who share an in­terest in the sector. 

The symposium will be divided in two sessions: 

•    1 March: The state of the arts
o    Part one: 14:00 - 17:00h.
o    Part two: 19:30 - 21 :30h.
•    2 March: Crafts. What's next?
o    Part one: 09:30 - 12:30h.
o    Part two: 14:30 - 17:30h.


•    The notion of crafts culture
•    Definitions of craft: Craft as a common good, craft and intangible heritage
•    Policies for craft: are there common elements?
•    The cultural economics approach: issues and challenges
•    Producers I production I dissemination
•    The artisans' perspective
•    Craft, cultural and creative industries
•    The potential of craft for economic and social development

Note: Participation is free of charge 
Please confirm your participation by e-mail before Wednesday 28 February at 
For questions related to the symposium, full programme and speakers please contact us at