On September 23, an international conference will take place as the conclusion of the Wiki Women Design project. The conference brings together researchers, experts and designers to reflect on women, heritage and historiography and and the future steps required in advancing research on women and design and in creating a shared effort to address the gender gap in the heritage field.
The conference is an opportunity to reflect on the preliminary results of the project. This will include not only Wikipedia articles and important (re)discovered Belgian female designers, but also the awareness that the project has brought to a wider audience and the positive impact this has had on the design sector.
During a lecture series, we will discuss future steps to promote research and education on women in design and the inclusion of women in design and architectural heritage collections. By doing so, we would engender a better representation of women in design history. We will take a closer look at the contemporary heritage field and contemplate a concerted effort to bridge the gender gap that still exists.
We will carry the reflections through to women in contemporary design professions. There is still a large gender gap in contemporary architecture and design practices. The reasons for this can be sought on several levels. We will further explore this issue during the evening debate at MAD Brussels, where contemporary designers from different fields will share their experiences and reflect on how this gender gap can be overcome.Discover the evening debate
9:00 - Registration and coffee
9:45 - Introduction by Dr. Nina Serulus (project manager Wiki Women Design, Flanders Architecture Institute)
10:00 - Keynote by Dr. Jane Hall (Assemble Studio, VK): "Born Digital: Locating the Work of Women Architects Online"
10:30 - First session: Making Room for Women in History, Heritage Collections and Design Professions
Chair: Prof. Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven)
12:00 - Lunch
13:30 - Second session: Feminist, Decolonial and Queer Approaches to History and Heritage
Chair: Prof. Lara Schrijver (UAntwerpen)
15:00 - Coffee break
15:30 - Third session: Collections & Archives
Chair: Setareh Noorani (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam (NL))
16:30 - Wrap-up by dr. Jane Hall
September 23, 2021, from 9:00 until 17:00
Art & History Museum
10, Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Brussels
The conference will be held in English.
The Flanders Architecture Institute aims to bring to light women who have left their mark on the designed environment in Belgium - from (interior) architecture and graphic design to fashion and product design. Many female designers remained under the radar of heritage institutions, researchers and collectors, and thus also outside the canon. This project aims to use Wikipedia edit-a-thons or writing sessions to record the contribution of women on Wikipedia and make up for this backlog.