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2nd- 4th October 2017
Historical Building, University of Oviedo, Spain

For its third conference-workshop to be held in Oviedo, Spain, between 2nd and 4th October 2017, the project Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement – MoMoWo welcomes papers addressing themes and subjects on the activities and lives of women designers, architects and civil engineers between 1969 and 1989. The conference-workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the professional experiences of European women active within various fields of design. The workshop is addressed to both, scholars and students.

In most European countries, the period between 1969 and 1989 was influenced by the Cold War and the disintegration of the Communist Bloc. This period also witnessed the consolidation of the European Union -with new countries joining the EU-, and the Independence processes of several former colonies. The events of May 1968 triggered a new social awareness in the continent, which was now committed towards social and ecological issues. In the field of architecture, post-modern tendencies started to flourish.

We propose to explore the following topics as a starting point for future research:


What was the position of women architects and designers in different political regimes and how did it compare? How was it incorporated into state policies? Did any particular “female specializations” within the fields of architecture, design, urban planning, civil engineering etc. emerge in this period? If so, what were their characteristics and how were they encouraged? What role did they play in conservation and restoration of architectural heritage? (How) did they negotiate with the gender bias in their profession? Were there links with non-European countries (e.g. the United States, former colonies)?


What was the role of women in developing social housing projects, how were they involved in research and studies of interior design according to human scale? What position did they take in the developing field of industrial design? Papers on civil engineering, exploring women’s involvement in creation of new construction techniques and development of materials will also be most welcomed.


What was the role in competitions and the main exhibitions during those years? Were they members of the jury? Did they achieve awards or a sort of recognitions? What was the media repercussion of their participation in those events?


What access did female students have to schools of architecture, design and building engineering? Did they experience any obstacles? How were women professionals included in the education process and how were they represented in the academia? What are the characteristics of their affiliation with professional architectural publications (journals, magazines) either as contributors or members of editorial boards?

Presentations should be delivered in English and not exceed 20 minutes. Peer-reviewed articles based on conference-workshop presentations will be published as an edited open access e-book (in Spring 2018), which will include recorded presentations and discussions.

Deadline for submission of abstracts (in English, 300 words max.): 30th May 2017.
Deadline for submission of articles (in English, 5000 words max.): 15th September 2016.

Please send your proposals and contact details on the submission form provided (also available from

The 2017 conference-workshop will be the third of three historical workshops. The first, focusing on women’s creativity between 1918-1945 was held in Leiden (23rd -25th September 2015) and the second conference-workshop covering the period 1946-1969 was held in Ljubljana (3rd-5th October 2016).

MoMoWo, Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement is an EU cooperative research project under the Creative Europe Culture Sub-Programme. Participating partners come from six European universities: Politecnico Torino, Turin, Italy; Universite Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France; VU University, Leiden, The Netherlands; lADE-U-Creative University, Lisbon, Portugal; Znanstvenoraziskovalni center Slovenske akademije znanosti in umetnosti, Ljubljana, Slovenia; Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain.
MoMoWo deals with the cultural, societal and economic importance of women’s achievements in the traditionally male fields of architecture, interior and industrial design, landscaping and urbanism. The aim of MoMoWo is to present an important part of the »anonymous« European 20th century cultural heritage created by women, who were active in these disciplines. The project will also support, promote and adequately asses the achievements of the contemporary generation of female creators and help pave the way for future generations of women in the creative fields. For further information on the project visit

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Chiara Lecce

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Chiara Lecce, dopo la laurea magistrale in Design degli interni nel 2008 ha proseguito il suo percorso presso il Politecnico di Milano con il dottorato di ricerca in Architettura degli interni e allestimento concluso nel 2013 con la tesi Living Interiors in the Digital Age: the Smart Home. Dal 2008 svolge didattica per i corsi di Storia del design e Progettazione di interni della Scuola del Design del Politecnico di Milano. Dal 2013 è executive editor di “PAD Journal” e membro di redazione della rivista “AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche”, oltre che autore per diverse riviste scientifiche del settore. Attualmente è assegnista di ricerca e docente a contratto presso il Dipartimento di Design del Politecnico di Milano e si occupa di Storia e metodologie dell’exhibit design. Dal 2016 è tutor all’interno del progetto europeo H2020 “Design for Enterprises”. Dal 2009 collabora con la Fondazione Franco Albini e con altri importanti archivi del design italiani, oltre a svolgere la professione di interior designer freelance.

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