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23.09 23.09


Art & History Museum Parc du Cinquantenaire 10 1000 Brussels

Women, Design & Heritage : International Conference


Many female designers have remained under the radar of researchers and heritage institutions. In October 2020 the Flanders Architecture Institute launched the project Wiki Women Design together with 27 partners in order to record and unlock data and knowledge on Wikipedia about women’s contribution to the designed environment: from architecture, design and graphic design to fashion and product design. Making this knowledge visible and accessible in collaboration with heritage institutions, designers, the academic world and the Wikipedia community aims to contribute in a participatory way to a more inclusive record of design heritage.

On the 23rd of September, 2021, an international conference will be held as the final chapter of the Wiki Women Design project.

This congress aims to bring together researchers in architecture and design, professionals in heritage institutions, international experts in the field and contemporary designers. This one-day meeting will be held at the Art & History Museum in Brussels, who are a partner of the Wiki Women Design project and an organizer of one of the writing sessions of edit-a-thons.

The objective of the day is to reflect upon the project’s preliminary results, both in terms of the tangible findings in the form of written Wikipedia articles and important (re)discovered Belgian women designers, as well as in the difference the project has made in the design field and the general awareness in a larger public.

The day’s lectures, followed by discussion moments and debates, will also consider the future steps that can be undertaken in advancing research and education on women in design and the inclusion of women in design and architectural heritage collections, in order to introduce a better representation of women in design history. The contemporary heritage field will be examined, and how a shared effort can be done to address and overcome its still very present gender gap. These reflections will also be carried through to women in contemporary design professions, which will be elaborated even more during the evening debate at MAD Brussels.

Registration : https://www.eventbrite.be/e/women-design-heritage-international-conference-tickets-161744569361

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