Women and gender in architecture, landscape and urban design: Call for roundtable contributions

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Interest in questioning the role of women and gender in the history of the built environment is growing rapidly. This research reveals a rich diversity of connections between women, gender, and architecture in different historical contexts. Working on gender perspectives as an architectural historian means not only considering a broad range of voices, perspectives, and topics, but also realizing that the very questioning of gender compels us to rethink traditional historiographical methods, theoretical concepts, archival structures, and research approaches. Even the ethical and affective implications of doing research come into question, as do the role, positionality, and responsibility of the historian.

As organizers of the EAHN Special Interest Group in Women and Gender in Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design, we are delighted to welcome you to join an open roundtable discussion, workshop and networking event at the EAHN conference in Athens in June 2024.

The Interest Group is open for anyone – whether you are a specialist in questions of architecture and gender or a curious newcomer to the topic. We would like to welcome participants in all stages of their working life and with any affiliations.

The meeting aims to create a curiosity-driven, respectful, and generous forum for all who are interested in exchanging knowledge and learning alongside one another. The focus of the forum will be gender and women in architecture and design in our cities and landscapes. In it, we will foster dialogue, test new ideas and get to know each other. 

We will begin by a roundtable meeting specifically for researchers who are doing a PhD, post-doctoral project or any other ‘early career stage’ research. Please see next page for more information about how to contribute to this roundtable. The roundtable is public and will be followed by a workshop whose goal is to stimulate shared thinking about ways to cross-fertilize emerging topics, methods, and theories across different researchers and academic environments, and how to overcome obstacles and identify new possibilities.

We can’t wait to meet you and to have these stimulating talks with you.

Svava Riesto and Luca Csepely-Knorr


1:30 pm Welcome
by Luca Csepely-Knorr and Svava Riesto
1:45 pm Roundtable with presentations by researchers who are working on PhDs, post-doctoral
projects or similar
Presentations and discussion
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Workshop: women and gender in architectural histories
– a collaborative exploration, open to all who are interested in joining
4:00 pm Drinks and networking



Researchers who are working on PhD-projects, post-doctoral projects and similar are welcome to submit ideas for a roundtable discussion on issues concerning the relationship of women and gender to architecture, urban design and landscape. The aim is to share ideas, learn from one other, help each other with difficult questions and provide a space for connections to be made across each particular research project. This will take place at the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Women and Gender Special Interest Group’s meeting at the EAHN conference in Athens on the 19 June 2024.



If you are interested in taking part in this roundtable panel, please send a 150 word abstract for a 7-10 minute presentation of your work, and a prompt for discussion to Svava Riesto svri@ign.ku.dk or Luca Csepely-Knorr l.csepely-knorr@liverpool.ac.uk. Also feel free to contact us with any questions.


Submit entries for the roundtable discussion before: February 29, 2024.

We will get back to you shortly after this deadline. A full paper will not be necessary for this roundtable.


We encourage land-based travel where possible, and hope to see many of you in Athens. Yet, we also aim to open up for hybrid participation so that anyone who is interested can be part of the discussion.