Key Notes & Referees


We are pleased to announce confirmation of our main conference Keynote Speakers:

Glenn Adamson

Senior Scholar, Yale Center for British Art

Glenn Adamson is currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art. A curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art, he was until March 2016 the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He has previously been Head of Research at the V&A, and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.

Glenn's publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion  (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007).

Angela McRobbie

Professor of Communications, Goldsmiths

Angela McRobbie is Prof. of Communications at Goldsmiths University of London. She began her postgraduate career at the Birmingham University Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in the mid 1970s. Her field encompasses gender and popular culture, feminist theory, creative economy, fashion industry:start-ups and micro-enterprises. Her most current books are The Aftermath of Feminism 2008 and Be Creative:Making a Living in the New Culture Industries 2015.

Angela is currently completing two short books, one draws on AHRC funded research Spaces of Fashion: Micro-enterprises in London, Berlin and Milan. The other (drawing on her Mercator Lectures 2016-17 ) is titled Gender, 'Mediated Benefit-Shaming' and Neoliberalism.  



We are pleased to announce that the following distinguished persons have agreed to sit as the conference Peer Review Panel:

Borges, Adelia

Independent writer, Curator and Lecturer in Design History at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado / FAAP, São Paulo, Brazil.

Cho, Hyeoung

is an internationally renowned independent curator who has curated a number of pathfinding exhibitions exploring the development of contemporary Korean craft. Full details of her work can be found here. 

Figueiredo, Deirdre

Director of Craftspace, Birmingham, UK.

Gant, Nick

Co-founder of University of Brighton, UK.

Greenlees, Rosy

Executive Director of the Crafts Council, London, UK, and President of the World Crafts Council.              

Harper, Paul

Writer and curator on craft and visiting lecturer at Middlesex University, School of Art and Design, and London Metropolitan University, The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, UK, and member of the craft leadership network, Craftnet, UK.

Hughes, Peter

Senior Curator (Decorative Arts), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, TAS, Commonwealth of Australia.

Julier, Guy

Victoria & Albert Museum Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design and Professor of Design Culture, University of Brighton, UK.                                                               

Kettle, Alice

Professor of Textile Arts, Manchester School of Art, The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Micklethwaite, Paul

Senior Research Fellow, The Design School, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Kingston University, UK.          

Murray, Kevin

Independent writer and curator and managing editor of Garland (the stories behind what we make) and Adjunct Professor RMIT University and Research Fellow University of Melbourne, Australia.                                                

Oakley, Peter

Research Leader, Senior Tutor & Senior Research Fellow School of Material, Royal College of Art, UK.