Lecture Folkwang University Essen (Germany), 5 June 2018: The Power of Gender in Design
The point is to finally acknowledge that the category of gender is also important in the context of design: every product, sign and service we encounter in everyday life, be it by necessity or by choice, will always speak to us also in a gendered way. In our culture, in all areas of our everyday life and all the time, we are shaped by projections of femininity and masculinity. Our everyday life is full of designed artefacts and spaces, of which gender is a part as an essential constitutive and reactive element. Gender clichés and preconceptions may have become more subtle and, at times, less obvious in western societies today, but they have, by no means, been overcome. Using examples from history and from design projects, my lecture will “roam” around categories such as privacy and the public realm and their specific (in)accessibility from a gender perspective: the flâneur and the passante, the phenomenon of waiting in public spaces; hotels and office desks, and, finally, the handbag as a typically female-connoted, contradictory ‘space’ between intimacy …
Lecture, HAWK of Hildesheim (Germany), 28 March 2018: Places – Spaces – Gender. Undulations between the Interior and the Exterior Focusing on the different significance of a range of spaces with regard to their gender-related (in)accessibility. The talk will be about privacy and the public realm, about the city and the flâneur or the passante. Various projects will serve as examples to demonstrate how relevant the topic of gender is (also) in the context of design.
Workshop and lecture: Conference “Gendering MINT. Gender sensitive Digitalisation and Didactic”, Freiburg (Germany), 15 March 2018. Uta’s lecture: Gender in Design: The Impact and Power of Artefacts / Gender im Design: Die Wirkungsmacht der Artefakte
“PhD Winter School”, Hong Kong PolyU, 27 February – 3 March 2018: Uta Brandes has been invited to this year’s “Winter School” in Hong Kong. Here, the students and participating professors are given the opportunity to engage with scholars on their topics and research fields in a number of formats. Firstly, PhD students have to present their work to a number of respondents. Secondly, I will give a keynote lecture followed by discussions. The third format allows for smaller, seminar-based discussions between professors and students. Finally, a small publication is envisaged, to which each participant will contribute a text.