Higher Education on Craft Traditions is a network connecting six universities from the Nordic countries. The aim of the network is to advance international cooperation in traditional craft studies. The network includes:
• Estonian Native Crafts Department (University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy),
• Department of Traditional Arts and Traditional Music (University of South-Eastern Norway),
• Department of Art History (University of Uppsala),
• Department of Conservation (University of Gothenburg),
• Department of Education (University of Helsinki),
• Textile Department (Pallas University of Applied Sciences).
The partners offer study programs that preserve traditional craft knowledge with a future-oriented approach. We regard heritage properties and qualities as environmental, cultural and societal assets for the continuing development of society in local, national and global perspectives. Traditional crafts studies are rare at university level. There is a lack of systematic cooperation between HEIs in this field that would thus benefit from international collaboration and student/staff exchange.
Our intention is to advance the programs concerning traditional crafts in Nordic-Baltic cultural area, and to integrate institutionally separated researchers and students in traditional crafts and craft pedagogy. We aim to encourage teachers and students to seek innovative approaches to established practices by exchanging knowledge, experience and vision on how to bring traditional crafts to the contemporary environment and to the labor market, keeping in mind the knowledge of the past and the needs of the future. Network activities began successfully in 2019 - 2020 and are now facing their fourth round.
1st Craft Symposium, 14.3.-18.3.2022, Viljandi Estonia
Network meeting, September 2022, Helsinki Finland
2nd Craft Symposium, March 2023, Mariestad Sweden
Rauland student research field work in Viljandi February 2022
Uppsala students visiting Viljandi November 2021
Network meeting in Uppsala October 2021
Network meeting in Rauland February 2020
Network meeting and conference in Viljandi November 2019