KNOWLEDGE IN THE HAND, OR HOW TO RELEASE DAVID FROM A ROCK
Maker’s knowledge (artisanal epistemology) is the embodied knowledge of craftspeople, gained by virtue of their physical engagement with a particular craft. It points to a recent realisation that the production of material objects requires large-scale experiential knowledge that is complex, innovative, methodical and evolving. Here, I will speak about the importance of maker’s
knowledge in general and also highlight its role in furthering science in the early modern period and its recent use as a research method for understanding human culture in the past. All the examples I use refer to human engagement with rocks and minerals.
Dr Judyth Sassoon
17.30 – 19.00, Wednesday August 31
A presentation and discussion at The Field Centre,
entry by donation