CfP:  Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Architecture and Urbanismo ZARCH. Issue 18: “Women, Feminist Practices and Alternative Practitioners in Architecture”

Call for Papers: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Architecture and Urbanismo ZARCH. Issue 18: “Women, Feminist Practices and Alternative Practitioners in Architecture”

Editors: Lucía C. Pérez-Moreno (Associate Professor, Zaragoza University, Spain) and Ann E. Komara (Professor, University of Colorado-Denver, USA).

In contrast to other types of studies on women and architecture in which biography predominates, this special issue seeks to delve into how the different situations in which women have carried out their work can be a device for opening up new fields of activity, encouraging creativity and offering a critical view of the profession. Thus, editors want to publish articles that recover significant works of women architects, and, discourse on the particularities that their female gazes to impulse an alternative and critical professional practice. Therefore, editors seek texts that reflect on:

  • Analysis of works of architecture, urban planning, urban design and/or landscape designed and carried out by women as sole practitioners, reflecting on the distinctive contribution that her female gaze has brought to the work in question.
  • Analysis of works of architecture, urban planning, urban design and/or landscape designed and carried out by diverse teams of female and male professionals that offer a critical perspective on the canonical discourse and reflections derived from feminist thinking.
  • Analysis of historical and/or theoretical reflections of women – whether or not trained as architects – about the built environment that offers critical discussions from an intersectional perspective, i.e. that bring together gender issues with others including identity, race, age, social class or disability.
  • Analysis of teaching methods, editorial, curatorial or artistic practices of any kind carried out by women trained as architects, landscape architects and/or town planners who have been critical with a canonical understanding of intervention in the built environment.

These questions invite reflection across various chronological and geographic areas. Editors seek contributions considering topics, practitioners and works from past fifty years, however analyses of previous critical practices will also be welcome. In addition, while proposals are expected to focus on cases, practices and critiques lead by women in the Europe and North America, proposals showing cases of female leadership from less analysed geographical areas will be welcome, that is, from regions far from the dominant focus of discussion in Western, Central European and Anglo-Saxon architecture. Finally, for this monographic issue, submission of research papers presented at the First Congress ‘Women and Architecture: Towards an Equal Profession’ are encouraged.

Submissions are due by 15 November, 2021. For the full call for papers and submission details, see the ZARCH journal website.

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