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Screenshot of the website, taken on 27.04.2022


Project ARTCademy – University of Malaga, AGH Faculty of Management, Andalucía Emprende, Asociatia Edunet Organization Romania, Organization for Promotion of European Issues (OPEI), Comenius University, Internet Web Solutions, IHF, Institut de Haute Formation aux Politiques Communautaires asbl, IDP SAS


Keywords: ancestral knowledge, artisanal knowledge, cultural heritage
Threads: Inquiring, Remembering

Short description

ARTCademy is a knowledge-based project which aims to preserve and strengthen the European artisan and traditional crafts sector. For this purpose, it works towards keeping and protecting ancestral knowledge concerning to traditional jobs, particularly these in risk of disappearing.
In order to achieve this aim a repository of artisan knowledge called "CRAFTpedia" in which traditional technical and cultural knowledge about craft professions is collected and classified has been created.

Personal appreciation

This inventory sparked my interest because of the diversity of techniques and crafts presented and the detailed descriptions and documentation it provides. This inventory can be interesting for „experts“ in the fields, but it also allowed me to discover techniques and practices I didn’t know about and/or contextualize some crafts I heard about.
Content and the way to present it seems interesting to me: endangered or invisibilised knowledge from all over the world is gathered and each seems to be researched with the same value.

Contribution to the "Who knows?" handbook

The SHAKIN project focuses on ways of making subaltern knowledge visible and heard: the craftpedia presents very diverse crafts and practices, from more popular ones to very specific, place-based or endangered ones. What is interesting in the way of displaying the material is that all of them are given the same space – the research seems evenly deep and they are classified in alphabetical order.


Link to material #1 - (Text, video, image – online (sheets can‘t be downloaded)
Different traditional and ancestral artisanal practices are organized according to materials (wood, glass etc.) and are presented with each one sheet – videos, images, details and a description allow the reader to gain a lot of information on each technique.

Link to material #2 - (Online search tool.)
A search tool for finding practices according to specific interests.

Additional Information

Location Online
Original language(s) English
Existing translations Italian, Spanish, Greek, Polish, Romanian, Slovakian
Length 3 years
Project runtime 2018 - 2021
Institution of affiliation University of Malaga
Sponsor(s) European Commission (Erasmus+ program)
Name of contributor: Sonia Nikitin

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