From embroidering chromosomes, to using quilting or knitting metaphors in my writing, to considering the ways in which skills are taught in medicine, I am interested in the relationships between craft and medicine, and ways that technologies are involved in craft learning.
Publications on the topic of craft:
Harris, Anna (2018) Working on the bias, invited commentary for Perspectives on Medical Education. 7: 67
Harris, Anna (2012). Shopping for a soft sweater and a comfy pair of genes. Genomics, Society and Policy 7: 57-64 (where I relate genetic narratives to Scandinavian knitting, access the article here).
Harris, Anna (2010) Overseas doctors in Australian hospitals: an ethnographic study of how degrees of difference are negotiated in medical practice, Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Melbourne (where I used a yo-you quilt as a metaphor, access the thesis here).
Unravelling craft, technology and practical knowledge
Ruth Benschop and I have an open track on this topic entitled “Unravelling craft, technology and practical knowledge” at the 4S/EASST Conference Barcelona, August 31 – September 3, 2016.
This hands-on session addresses the re-conceptualisation, re-invention and re-enactment of craft practices in contemporary life. Through creative contributions bringing together craftspeople/practitioners/artists and academics/theorists it will explore intersections of craft and thought, making and knowing, tradition and innovation.
Deadline for submissions: 21st February 2016
The calls for all the tracks for the 2016 conference can be found at:
Our panel can be found at:
More information about the conference at: