Announcing an important new resource for craft writing.
The Journal of Modern Craft
is now into its second year. Its first four issues have already gathered a considerable amount of craft scholarship. The position of craft in modernity has been broadly examined in wide range of cultures, including Alaska, Britain, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Finland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Slovakia, Sri Lanka and USA.
Now the print journal has an online presence to explore the themes evoked in each issue. If you go to www.journalofmoderncraft.com
, you will see:
• Table of contents for each issue
• Key article available online for free
• Posts by guest bloggers on a theme specific to each issue
• Related notices of conferences and publications
The current theme is nostalgia. It asks the question: Traditional craft - manufactured nostalgia or grass-roots resistance? Guest bloggers Jivan Astfalk and Allison Smith are already contributing posts on this question. The featured article is a fascinating account of a national craft that is a site of both nation-building and resistance: “Traditional—with Contemporary Form”: Craft and Discourses of Modernity in Slovakia Today by Nicolette Makovicky. Upcoming themes will include craft activism, Africa and Japan.
Importantly, JMC online is an opportunity to :
• Participate in discussion through comments to the different posts
• Subscribe to email updates containing latest posts
• Subscribe to an RSS feed through readers such as Google Reader
To support the journal further, you can subscribe to the full version as an individual, or convince your librarian to do so.
If you have any inquiries about the website, please contact the online editor, Kevin Murray, at email@example.com.