International Symposium. Digital Meets Handmade: Jewelry in the 21st Century

Open call  /  05 Feb 2018  -  15 Feb 2018
Published: 05.02.2018

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Call for abstracts till February 15th, 2018.
The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, is organizing, with the collaboration of Politecnico di Milano, an international symposium dedicated to the topic of jewelry design and manufacturing. 

The conference will take place on the 15th, 16th, 17th of May 2018 at FIT in NY. This is a really great opportunity to share research and foster the scientific discussion related to the topic of jewelry.

There has been a seismic shift in jewelry design and manufacturing in recent years. As digital design and model making have speeded up the process, they have proven themselves invaluable as tools of the trade. But every tool, hand-held or digital, leaves its mark. This symposium will provide an arena for debate on how digital technology and making by hand duel for influence in the aesthetics, the use, and the cultural contexts of jewelry as both a manufactured product and as an applied art form.  
- How does digital design and manufacturing influence and intermesh with contexts for jewelry in cultures around the world?
- Can (or should) the distinctive “tool mark” of digital design and 3-D printing over-take the reverence for hand craftsmanship in the perceived quality of jewelry?
- As many designers, artisans, and manufacturers begin to integrate digital and handmade in their jewelry production, how will valuation be effected? measured? 
- What role does the education play in the evolution of best practices in design and manufacturing, digital and handmade? Is it a hybrid approach viable in the 21st Century?
The discussion will not only be oriented to the outcome of different crafting procedures, but it is intended to propose a reflection on the production and distribution processes for jewelry. The implications in the social context will be explored. The question of how the integration of digital technology effects sustainability will be examined—both in manufacturing and in how it effects the perceived value of the jewelry-monetarily and as art.  
And finally, the symposium is intended to foster debate and research in the didactics of jewelry as an applied art, through critical analysis and discovery.
We look forward to receiving your contributions and meeting at the conference! 

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Authors are invited to submit an abstract in one of the following tracks:
- Jewelry Handcraft
- Digital Jewelry
- New Scenarios for Handcraft Design
- New Scenarios for Digital Design

The language of the conference is English and submissions must be in English. Submissions will be published in the proceedings if (at least one of) the authors register to the conference to present the work. Submissions that do not comply with the submission rules will be excluded from the evaluation process and proceedings publication.
The abstract should be no longer than 500 words and it should include the main bibliographical references.
Complete the form and send it to 
Notification of acceptance will be made on March 15, 2018.