Events And Opportunities

CFP: Women and the City: The Changing Role of Women in Urban Renewal since 1989 (EAUH 2018) (Rome, 29 Aug-1 Sep 2018)

Rome, August 29 - September 1, 2018
Deadline: Oct 5, 2017

Session SS48 EAUH 2018
International Conference on Urban History

Women and the City: The Changing Role of Women in Urban Renewal since
1989

Chairs: Caterina Franchini (Politecnico di Torino) and Helena Seražin
(Research Centre of Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts)

The contribution of women architects, urban planners and designers to
their profession has been for long minimised or overlooked by ‘seminal’
and mainstream histories, despite the fact that all over the world and
to different extents, women have reacted with inventiveness to their
profession’s restrictive and sometimes discriminatory practices by
engendering innovations to the field. This topic is timely as proved by
the European cultural cooperation project “MoMoWo – Women’s creativity
since the Modern Movement”.
This session aims reveal the professional achievements of individual
women practitioners who worked and are still working in Europe and
beyond by illuminating the many commonalities among female architects,
urban planners and landscape designers who wanted to change things for
the better. The topics of interest may include: changing outdated
legislation; improving or replacing failed urban models that over time
do not serve cities as communities in terms of ethnicities; ages and
gender's needs such as making safer cities for women. Furthermore, this
section intends to provide a historical overview of urban policies and
public administrations that have been forward-thinking in investing in
renewal without gender biases, thus contributing in breaking down the
‘glass ceiling’ for women in urban practices.
This session invites papers that might explore both the work of women
innovators in urban renewal and urban resilience regarding gender.
Papers are encouraged to provide a multidisciplinary picture on the
role of women in reshaping cities in Europe and beyond from the fall of
the Berlin Wall until the present. They might take into account the
main paths that women professionals took in expressing their skills in
fields and practices that were initially dominated by men.
The underlying ethical challenges of the specialists working together
across cities, towns, neighbourhoods and urban public spaces face both
genders. Nowadays, women and men in the design professions are actively
working alongside each other as never before, given the growing numbers
of young women graduates entering the field. In this case, how are
women changing cities? Are there chief assets, strategies and tactics
commonly embraced by women in order to change the status quo?

Keywords: women; gender; urban renewal; urban resilience; urban
policies; public spaces; safer cities

Paper proposals can only be submitted online, via the EAUH2018 website.
To submit a paper proposal, registration is required at
https://eauh2018.ccmgs.it/users/.

Abstracts of paper proposals should not exceed 450 words.
Deadline for paper proposals submission: October 5, 2017.
Notification of paper acceptance: December 1, 2017.

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