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Architecture, Landscape and Gender: Rethinking Theory, Methodology and Practice
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5456-22-05-32There are 20 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 01/08/2022
PlaceDepartment of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Date and time27.10.2022, at: 09:00 - 06.12.2022, at: 16:00
Regular seats20
ECTS credits3.00
Contact personHenriette Steiner    E-mail address: hst@ign.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserSvava Riesto    E-mail address: svri@ign.ku.dk

Based on good experiences from the course in 2020, where the evaluations show that Phd-students feel a need for this kind of course, and the large interest that we are already now receiving for the course in fall 2021, we hereby apply for support to do it one more time. The course thus follows the three-year research project Women in Danish Architecture.
We think that it is highly valuable both for the individual phd-students and the Faculty of Science to provide a course about gender and diversity, which offers a place to develop both in terms of theory, methodology and mentoring with the aim to empower phd-students.
Questions concerning gender are increasingly prevalent in contemporary scholarship and in political movements for justice and equal rights, tapping into wider questions about diversity, inclusive learning and research environments, economic structures, democracy, climate change, digitisation and more. In research on architecture, landscapes and cities, gender perspectives compel us to rethink fundamental methodologies, theoretical concepts, research questions and pedagogical methods, as well as the political and affective implications of research and even the role of the researcher. A growing amount of research in fields related to architecture, landscapes and cities explores questions of gender in a variety of ways. Some examples include studies of overlooked women in historical and theoretical writing on architecture, which is still predominantly engaged in the creation of male hero figures; cultural perspectives on women, LGBTQ communities and other marginalised groups as users, co-producers and agents in architecture; and scholarship which draws on queer and feminist thinking to transgress binary concepts and destabilise anthropocentric perspectives. What brings these perspectives together on this PhD course, however, is that gender issues are not just related to economic ability or power, but are always also situated in relation to concrete spatial and physical contexts.

Aim and content
Workshop I: 27-28 October 2022 Two days of full-time programme including:
1) mutual introduction and mapping the participants’ main research concerns
2) exercises to empower Phd-students, focusing on research networks and inclusive excellence,
3) begin work on reflection paper,
4) Lecture on Landscape, Gender and Architecture by course teachers on the 27 October
5) International Keynote on the 28 October.
(workload: 1,5 days workshop, half a day preparation)
Individual and group work: 28 October - 16 November: students work individually and in groups on course literature. Mentoring sessions.
(3 days workload)
Workshop II: 16-18 November In total two days of full-day programme (Wednesday afternoon, full-day Thursday and Friday morning) including:
1) reading groups,
2) workshop on positionality in research,
3) workshop Writing academic texts differently,
4) seminar: developing research positions
5) visit to exhibition about women in architecture,
6) course evaluation.
(2 days workload)
Individual and group work 19. November-6. December Students work on Reflection paper, which must be handed in no later than 6. December.
(4 days workload)

Target group
Participants and teachers This PhD course invites students from landscape architecture, architecture, urbanism, urban planning, heritage studies, geography, cultural studies, urban history, political ecology, and related fields to exchange knowledge and learn from each other regarding questions of gender in relation to architecture, cities and landscapes.

Teaching and learning methods
Pedagogical Formats The course is structured as a PowerPoint-free zone, with dialogical workshops and shared learning tailored to the needs of the student group as well as to individual development.
After the course, each participant will write up and submit an individual reflection paper. The reflection paper to document and reflect on what each student learns during the course.
A compendium with key literature will be made prior to the course and we will work with this together in groupwork during the course.

International guest lecturer:
Lecturer/Undergraduate Program Director Margaret Vickery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Senior researcher, director of ETH Wohnforum Marie A. Glaser, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Reader Luca Csepely-Knorr, Manchester School of Architecture, Great Britain
Associate professor Svava Riesto svri@ign.ku.dk
Associate professor Henriette Steiner hst@ign.ku.dk
Post doctoral researcher Jannie Rosenberg Bendsen

How to Apply? We invite applications from PhD candidates from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, also students for whom gender issues have not been a main concern of their research until now.
Candidates should apply by sending both a CV (1-2 pages) and a 500-word research statement by the 1st August 2022 outlining how your research pairs with the course’s focus to Svava Riesto svri@ign.ku.dk. The Course is open to 20 participants.

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