Accepted paper:

The silver solution: Armenian artisanship in migrancy

Authors:

Nefissa Naguib (University of Oslo)

Paper short abstract:

This paper considers how re-crafting of artisanship in migrancy function as sites where cultural values are affirmed, modified, reformulated or obliterated.

Paper long abstract:

The paper is about how recollections and re-crafting of artisanship in migrancy function as sites where cultural values are affirmed, modified, reformulated or obliterated. Through the lens of crafting jewellery, this is an effort to probe migrancy from a direction that is more able to grasp ongoing transformations beyond the field of rupture. This process may involve treating migrancy as an emergence and partial formation that is responsive to historical roads taken. My sketch of the Armenian jeweller, Artin Safarian, in Cairo, is an effort to get at the question of how specific crafts inform and sustain perceptions of specific historical moments and choices made in migrancy.

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