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SAH Virtual 2024

The WomArchStruggle project team has been accepted for a session at a prestigious SAH conference taking place from 19-21 December 2024.

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Participation of the team in the EAHN Athens Conference

EAHN 2024 Conference Athens (19 to 23 June)

Elements of the WomArchStruggle project team will be present at the next EAHN European Architectural History Network in Athens in various sessions. Francesca Vita, Inês Lima Rodrigues and Beatriz Serrazina will chair and present on the topic of housing; Leonor Matos Silva will present the project at the Interest Group meeting Women & Gender; and Ana Vaz Milheiro will participate in the Interest Group meeting on Housing.

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Gender struggles
in architecture, colonialism
and housing

SEMINAR

Free entry

13 Jan 2024
CCB, Centro Cultural de Belém

Parallel event of the exposition Living in Lisbon 
Sala Fernando Pessoa
Lisbon (PT)

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Q&A with Francesca Vita and Leonor Matos Silva

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Lecture by Ana Vaz Milheiro

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Mary McLeod's lecture 

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Q&A with Patrícia Pedrosa and Lia Antunes

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Welcome by Maria Assunção Gato

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Q&A with Mónica Pacheco and Jorge Figueira

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Lecture by Mª Alice Correia and Inês Rodrigues

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Patrícia Noormahomed presenting the next speaker

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Beatriz Serrazina & Filipa Fiúza presenting the next speaker

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Q&A with Inês Rodrigues, Mª Correia, Mónica Pacheco and Jorge Figueira

Mary McLeod
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, New York (USA)

Mary McLeod is a professor of architecture at Columbia University, where she teaches architecture history and theory. Her research and publications have focused on the history of the modern movement and on contemporary architecture theory, examining issues concerning the connections between architecture and politics. She is the editor of and contributor to the book Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living, as well as the co-editor of Architecture, Criticism, Ideology and the website Pioneering Women of American Architecture (with Victoria Rosner). Her essays have appeared in numerous journals such as AA Files, Journal of Architecture, Assemblage, JSAH, Casabella, and Opposition and in books such as Modern Architecture and the Lifeworld, Architecture School, Modern Women, Feminism and Architecture, Building Systems, Architectural Theory since 1968, and Complexity and Contradiction at Fifty. She served for six years on the Scientific Committee advising on the renovation of Eileen Gray’s villa E-1027 in Roquebrune.

13 Jan 16H30-18H00

Keynote lecture

How Did Women Change Modern Architecture? Furniture, Kitchens, Housing

 

This talk examines the influence that women designers had on European modern architecture between the World Wars, focusing on three areas or scales of design: furniture, kitchens, and housing. It proposes that women designers, despite their small numbers, had a disproportionate influence on modern architecture and that they brought a new array of interests and skills to the field, whether from personal experience, from their previous training in the decorative or fine arts, or from their work in charity or reform movements. The focus on domesticity and housing in modern architecture offered women new opportunities for participation in the profession, and they in turn helped shape these concerns, often with great creativity and invention.

Gender struggles in architecture, colonialism and housing  

As part of a study on the work that Portuguese women architects did in Africa during the colonial period, we are organising a meeting on the recognition of women in architectural culture. We have invited Mary McLeod, professor of architecture at Columbia University, to discuss the relationship between gender studies and architecture. The meeting will also include presentations on the history of women architects in Portugal; the difficulties posed by oral history and archival research as a working methodology; experiences in non-Portuguese contexts; and the contribution of some protagonists. The production of housing by these women up until the end of colonisation will be discussed, considering that they found opportunities in Africa that were not available to them in their country of origin. 

This meeting is being held as part of a research project funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) under the title WomArchStruggle - Women Architects in Former Portuguese Colonial Africa: Gender and the Struggle for Professional Recognition (1953-1985) [DOI: 10.54499/2022.01720.PTDC] and developed at ISCTE's Dinâmia'CET research centre. 

Maria Emília Caria - trabalho na Guiné Bissau

Programme
[The Seminar will be held in English] 

9H30-10H00 | WELCOME

Maria Assunção Gato

DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, Lisbon

Ana Vaz Milheiro

FAUL / DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, Lisbon

Leonor Matos Silva

DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, Lisbon

10H00-10H30COMMUNICATION

HOW TO DEAL WITH WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE?

NOTES ON RECENT PORTUGUESE HISTORIOGRAPHY

Patrícia Santos Pedrosa

FE-UBI; CIEG-ULisboa 

Lia Gil Antunes

CIEG-ULisboa

Academic research on women architects in Portugal began over a decade and a half ago. We propose a dialogue with some of the recent moments of this recent historiography, both in the production of scientific knowledge and its dissemination. Dealing with the diversity of paths women took in architecture in Portugal and their oblivion from the official architectural narrative while endeavouring to avoid reproducing reductive historiographical practices has been challenging. Critical concepts and methodologies of feminist historiography genealogy are fundamental to guaranteeing that we can draw a new history with new significance. The questioning and broadening of the canon as a matrix for validating what is historiographically recognisable, and our own experiences, leads us to unavoidable questions. How do we deal with the plurality of geographies and generations, paths and practices? How do we deal with the lack of archives or documents? How can oral history be reinstated as an inevitable method? In short, how do we deal with the non-acceptance of feminist approaches in architecture culture and the non-recognition that women's agencies have a right to exist in the profession's history, even today?

10H30-11H00 | Coffee break 

11H00-12H00 WomArchSruggle PROJECT RESEARCH + Q&A

"TO RESEARCH ON WOMEN ARCHITECTS WORKING IN FORMER PORTUGUESE AFRICA: A GENDER STRUGGLE"

Leonor Matos Silva,

DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, Lisbon

"MILANKA LIMA GOMES: A JOURNEY FROM YUGOSLAVIA TO GUINEA-BISSAU" 

Francesca Vita

DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, Lisbon

12H00-13H30 | Lunch break 

13H30-14H15 WomArchSruggle PROJECT RESEARCH + Q&A

"FIRST WOMEN GRADUATE IN ANGOLA:

ARCHITECTURE COURSE IN AGOSTINHO NETO UNIVERSITY"

Inês Lima Rodrigues

DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, Lisbon

Maria Alice Correia

IPGUL; Lusíada University, Luanda

SCREENING: 

An Interview to Filomena Espírito Santo by Inês Lima Rodrigues

Inês Lima Rodrigues

DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, Lisbon

14H15-14H45 |  IN CONVERSATION WITH

“TO INTERVIEW DENISE SCOTT BROWN”

Jorge Figueira

Darq - FCTUC/CES, Coimbra

Mónica Pacheco

DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, Lisbon

14H45-15H15 | Coffee break 

15H15-16H00 | WomArchSruggle PROJECT RESEARCH + Q&A

"GENDER STRUGGLES IN ARCHITECTURE, COLONIALISM AND HOUSING"

Ana Vaz Milheiro

DINÂMIA’CET-Iscte, Lisbon

16H00-16H30 | Coffee break 

16H30-18H00 | KEYNOTE LECTURE + Q&A

"HOW DID WOMEN CHANGE MODERN ARCHITECTURE? FURNITURE, KITCHENS, HOUSING"

Mary McLeod

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, New York (USA)

Maria Emília Caria. Bissau, Photographic Documentation. (1966), © AHU

Organizing Committee

Ana Vaz Milheiro
Beatriz Serrazina
Francesca Vita
Leonor Matos Silva
Patrícia Noomahomed

CCB, Centro Cultural de Belém

Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisboa

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