Beyond the Basket Construction, Order and Understanding

Basketry and Beyond: Constructing Cultures Conference website


The AHRC funded research project Beyond the Basket began in 2009. Its aim is to investigate the place of basketry in human culture. We currently have a major exhibition Basketry: Making Human Nature at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the University of East Anglia, Norwich, from 8th February -22nd May 2011. To coincide with this event we are organising an international conference, entitled Basketry and Beyond: Constructing Cultures and scheduled for 14th - 16th April 2011 also at UEA.


Those who have already agreed to speak include:

In addition, the research team on the project will be giving papers:

The purpose is to bring together and publish a collection of papers from the conference which is wide-ranging in scope and disciplinary perspectives. We envisage papers that are thematic, which review recent developments, or offer new insights into the subject, though any or all of those might be encompassed in a more specific case study. We would like the volume of papers to constitute an obvious starting point for anyone interested in understanding the place of basketry in human culture from a broadly academic perspective.



Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.