Event | Crafting craft histories

Event: Exploring & Constructing Craft Histories

The Aiku Center at the Venice School of Management, Ca’ Foscari University, and the Department of Business Humanities and Law at Copenhagen Business School are collaborating to organize an event as part of the Horizon Europe Hephaestus project. The event will include on-campus sessions and field visits to craft makers in Venice. The main objective of the event is to explore and create new “Craft Histories” while promoting a deep appreciation for craftsmanship and enhancing the storytelling skills of students. Moreover, the event aims to elaborate on the business models and value propositions of craft makers. It is a crucial part of the ongoing Hephaestus project, which aims to uncover the intricate stories woven into the fabric of craftsmanship and examine the possibilities and limitations of the business model to test the potential of new, more authentic narratives.

The event itinerary is outlined as follows:

December 14th, 2023

  • 09:00 – 10:00: Orientation: Students convene at San Giobbe Campus to review and exchange insights obtained from their online meeting with craftsmakers. They will also receive a concise briefing on crafting historical narratives.

  • 10:30 – 13:00: Exploration: Five groups of students will embark on a field trip to craft makers’ workshops, conducting live interviews and gathering visuals and sound materials. The remainder of the afternoon is dedicated to exploring Venice independently to absorb its atmosphere and gather additional perspectives for an authentic portrayal of craft-making practices.

December 15th, 2023

  • 15:00 – 18:00: Presentation Session: student groups will present and discuss their crafted narratives regarding the value of craft, engaging with faculty, fellow students and guests from the realm of crafts.

  • 18:00: Cocktail.

Seminar “Protection of Textiles and Crafts in the EU through Geographical Indications – An Evaluation of the New Legislative Proposal”


Prof. Priya Kohli, Copenhagen Business School

December 15th, 2023 h. 10.30 – 12.00

Venice School of Management – Room Volpato

During the seminar, Professor Kohli delves into the importance of geographical indications and how they play a vital role in safeguarding the unique identity and heritage of textiles and crafts within the European Union.

She will assess the proposed legislative changes and shed light on the potential implications and benefits for artisans and stakeholders in the handicrafts and textiles sector. The legislative proposal discussed in the article will be in effect from January 2024, making it particularly relevant for the ongoing Hephaestus project at CBS. Professor Kohli’s research is conducted within the framework of the Hephaestus project, which aims to conduct comprehensive research, preservation, and innovation in the craft sectors. This project intends to pave the way for a cutting-edge, creative, and sustainable technology-driven economy rooted in cultural heritage. Professor Kohli’s research increases awareness of how legislative proposals affect artisans and communities involved in handicrafts and textiles.

Prof. Vishv Priya Kohli