CFP: “Matrices” – 2nd International Conference on Architecture & Gender (18-20 March 2015, Lisbon)

Second International Conference on Architecture and Gender
18-20 March 2015
Department of Architecture & LABART, Lusófona University, Lisbon, Portugal
The Second International Conference on Architecture and Gender will address the theme of Matrices. This concept has several definitions and they are all inclusive by nature. Matrices are environments where things develop, the models or patterns that shape formations, and they can also reinvent an environment. These images are suited to address the current patterns of change regarding architecture and gender.
We invite researchers, scholars, professionals and graduate students, in the fields of architecture, urban design, history of architecture and related areas, such as sociology, geography, anthropology, to present their insights on the changing patterns regarding gender and architecture on the following topics: Practices, Academy, Histories, and Data.
Practices: Architectural practice is continually changing due to many variables. Is it possible to correlate transformations in practice with the increasing number of women architects working around the world? Which issues are most salient in recent approaches to gender in architecture? Are we witnessing a shift in urban design and architecture practice due to the influence of gender studies? Are there alternative models of working collaboration between men and women in architectural practice?
Academia: Women are becoming the majority in academia and, at a slower pace, in schools of architecture. How is this reflected in the production of research? Are research projects related to gender flourishing in schools of architecture? Are schools adapting teaching strategies accordingly?
Histories: Gender studies in history of architecture unlocked a vast number of previously unacknowledged professionals in the field. How is the writing of History of Architecture changing due to the recognition of the work of women architects? How is this field of History reflected in different countries and cultures?
Data: Analysis of recent data reveals significant changes in the profession. What does the analysis of data regarding the numbers of women architects tell us about the changing field of architecture? How can we interpret comparative studies with data from different periods and places?
Abstracts, written in English, Portuguese or Spanish, must be under 500 words and should be sent no later than October 1, 2014.
Important dates
Submission of Abstract: June 11 to October 1, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: October 30, 2014
Submission of full papers: February 1, 2015
Conference: March 18-20, 2015
Department of Architecture & LABART, Lusófona University, Lisbon, Portugal

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