Gender and Academic Leadership in Architecture in India

Call for papers

Avani Institute of Design, Calicut

March 21 2020 - March 22 2020

The research symposium on Gender and Academic Leadership in Architecture in India will examine the engagement of women and persons of minoritized genders and sexualities in the construction of the academy, architectural knowledge, professional identity, and academic practice. While the academy in India is often viewed as a softer, more flexible, an almost feminized alternative to practicing professionally for women (who have the culturally pre-ordained role of being the primary carer for the family), or a possible safe space for queer persons (whose bodies and knowledges are otherwise invisibilized or violently erased), academic leadership roles have not been always accessible. Whilst this is now changing, a vast majority of these positions are still being held either by men, or by privileged savarna academics and those with access to intergenerational wealth and social networks. 

The symposium is interested in feminist forms of leadership. Even though we will be looking for alternatives to patriarchal conventions of leadership, we will not ignore the positions of power sanctified by institutional designations. The intent of the symposium is to bring recognition to teaching and research as practice; highlight and discuss structural changes needed to empower co-faculty and students to be in preparation for the next generation of academic leaders; and add focus to the importance of mentoring and reflective praxis. 

We invite 300-word abstracts that are critical, honest, fearless inquiries and/or disclosures of your anti-patriarchal experiences in architecture academia. Submissions should take the form of a polemical piece, a poem, a professional and personal story, or an academic paper and each modality of inquiry should be developed as a form of scholarship. Presentations can be 20 min papers, or 10 min lighting talks. The evaluation criteria will be 1) relevance to the symposium premise; 2) positioning in contemporary, global scholarship on the topic; and 3) originality, criticality and integrity of the account/story/argument/position.


Symposium: March 21-22, 2020

Abstract Deadline: Monday, 16 December, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Announcement of Abstract Acceptance: 13 January, 2020

Abstract Length: 300 words

Bio Length: 100 words

Please submit the abstract as a Word Document to Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with cc to Prof Madhavi Desai at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Dr. Kush Patel (they/he) at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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