Fielding Architecture: Feminist Practices for a Decolonised Pedagogy

Call for Papers

University of Brighton (UK)

June 24 2019 - June 25 2019

In the late 1970s architectural and spatial practices in the UK were challenged
by feminist approaches largely derived from within the architectural discipline itself. From the 1990s onwards, architectural history / theory has been informed by gender theory appropriated, or migrated, from other disciplines. More recently, interdisciplinary critical methodologies have been used to reconceptualise archi- tectural production, criticism and representation. What we evidence today, de- spite an emphasis on ‘Global Architecture,’ is that all these efforts are still largely informed unilaterally, and constructed within ‘Western’ and ‘Anglo-Saxon’ frame- works. This leaves a field defined as the ‘West’ and the ‘rest’. Further, the majority of rethinking of gender and decolonisation occurs within institutional and aca- demic frameworks through practices of teaching and writing. This activity, though pertinent, often remains interior and self-referential and fails to permeate to and affect the exterior worlds of professional architectural and design practices.

This interdisciplinary symposium proposes to explore and question the practice of teaching architectural history / theory primarily focused in the UK context though welcoming a debate through dialogues with other contexts from a femi- nist and critical perspective, asking: how is it constructed, from which positions, and from where its content derives; how can its construction be critiqued and informed by other disciplines such as feminist geographies, environmental psy- chology, cultural studies, technology and science studies, queer theory and urban geography amongst others; and, moreover, how should architectural histories and theories be constructed in the future. We will situate ourselves at the boundary: looking both inside at the fundamentals of architecture; and looking outside at the expanded field, yet always maintaining a critical gendered perspective.

Taking place at the University of Brighton (UK), on June 24–25th, 2019, the sym- posium asks: What forms might a gendered history and theory of architecture take? What are our modes of operation, how do we teach, and how can we learn from others and exchange with critical thinkers both inside and outside the academy? How do we operate within the established frameworks, both histori- cal and institutional, and how can we establish new frameworks and networks that transfer/exchange knowledge between the university and different modes of practice?


Please send your 200 word abstracts, plus short biography (150 words max) in- dicating which area or areas [1–4] you think your research falls into. Please also indicate your preference for a 20 minute or a 10 minute paper.
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February 28, 2019: Deadline for submissions of abstracts
March 18: Announcement of selection of 20 min papers and 10 min position pa- pers
June 3: Submission of full papers
June 24-25: Fielding Architecture symposium

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