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What, if anything, do craft, development and international law have in common? Can the grounded, tactile forms of making and cultural creativity embedded in craft offer fresh ethical and methodological insights to future-focused practices such as development and international law? What prospects for a differently figured future, for new solidarities and differently geared relations are brought into focus when we bring craft, development and international law into conversation with each other?

This lively panel invites speakers to speak briefly in challenging, provocative and ultimately idealistic terms to the medium through which they work.


Samantha Balaton-Chrimes is a lecturer in International Studies at Deakin University. Her research is concerned with enduring political questions about how difference is negotiated in contexts of power asymmetries. Her work is interdisciplinary in nature, engaging political theory, anthropology and development studies.

Kevin Murray is a curator, writer and advocate of the value of studio craft. He is author of Craft Unbound: Make to Common Precious, and co-author with Damien Skinner of Place and Adornment: A History of Australasian Contemporary Jewellery. He is currently Senior Vice-President of the World Crafts Council—Asia Pacific and Managing Editor of Garland Magazine.

Sundhya Pahuja is Professor of International Law at the Melbourne Law School and Director of the Institute for International law and the Humanities at the University of Melbourne.  Her work centres on the history, theory and political economy of international law.  Her most recent projects are International Law and the Cold War, and International Law and Global Corporations.

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