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WAA - Women Atlas Archive. Mapping the legacy of women in architecture, planning, civil engineering and design

Duration:
24 months (2023 - 2025)
Principal investigator(s):
Project type:
Nationally funded research - PRIN
Funding body:
MINISTERO (Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca)
Project identification number:
202274ZEHR
PoliTo role:
Coordinator

Abstract

In Italy, women’s legacy finds it difficult to be recognized specifically in architecture, planning, civil engineering and design. In the contemporary history and theory of these disciplines, the contribution of women is still, mostly, omitted or forgotten. One reason for this void is the historical subordinated position of women in design professions; another reason is the difficulty of scholars in identifying the primary sources. To fill this void WAA will create a critical mapping of archives and archival collections produced by Italian women who worked in Italy in the twentieth century. As at present just a few archives are known, the research will consist of finding, disclosing and arousing archival documents. This research will give a new impetus to women’s history studies as well as to the contemporary history of architecture, history of construction and design history. The disclosing of new data through a digital online Atlas will facilitate the process of intertwining sources to highlight women's cultural legacy and to increase the social and historical value of their contribution to the creation of tangible and intangible heritage. Complementary case studies on different fields of design and in different historical and social conditions of women’s professional emancipation will examine memory and legacy to define a range of specific criteria for the recognition of a heritage featured by gender issues. As it is known, gender has become an increasingly important area for heritage, the highest aim of the project is to rethink the concept of heritage itself for leaving an image of a more egalitarian and gender-balanced society. The professional archives can reveal the historical and cultural values of sites, buildings, and artefacts created by women. The research of the formation and circulation of archives will achieve a comprehensive vision of memory and identity that have fallen into oblivion or marginalized by the disciplinary historiographies. It will provide the formation of a Data Collection of different types of documents across geographic and socio-cultural borders. The research will be also implemented throughout an International Conference Workshop. Both the results will be used to create the Atlas of Women's Archives, through which women's archives ofdesigners, architects, engineers, etc. will be mapped and digitised across the country. The purpose of the Atlas will be to show which archives deal with women, but also to make it easier to find the material for each professional. It addresses students, academics, professionals and actors in the domain of Cultural Heritage. The WAA system will have the potential to be further developed by collecting in a systematic critical way also new digital documentation by embracing a participative approach where users will also be donors of documents. In addition to the Atlas, the main products will be the creation of a Journal, and a Book.

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ERC sectors

SH6_12 - Gender history; Cultural History; History of Collective Identities and Memories
LS1_1 - Molecular interactions
LS1_10 - Structural biology (NMR)
LS1_6 - Lipid synthesis, modification and turnover
LS1_7 - Carbohydrate synthesis, modification and turnover
LS1_8 - Biophysics (e.g. transport mechanisms, bioenergetics, fluorescence)
LS1_9 - Structural biology (crystallography and EM)
LS2_1 - Genomics, comparative genomics, functional genomics
LS2_10 - Bioinformatics
LS2_11 - Computational biology
LS2_12 - Biostatistics
LS2_13 - Systems biology
LS2_12 - Biostatistics
LS1_5 - Protein synthesis, modification and turnover
LS2_13 - Systems biology
LS2_2 - Transcriptomics
LS2_3 - Proteomics
LS2_4 - Metabolomics
LS2_14 - Biological systems analysis, modelling and simulation
LS2_6 - Molecular genetics, reverse genetics and RNAi
LS2_7 - Quantitative genetics
LS2_8 - Epigenetics and gene regulation
LS2_9 - Genetic epidemiology
LS3_1 - Morphology and functional imaging of cells
LS3_10 - Development, developmental genetics, pattern formation and embryology in plants
LS3_11 - Cell genetics
LS3_12 - Stem cell biology
LS3_2 - Cell biology and molecular transport mechanisms
LS3_3 - Cell cycle and division
LS2_5 - Glycomics
LS1_4 - RNA synthesis, processing, modification and degradation
LS3_4 - Apoptosis
LS3_5 - Cell differentiation, physiology and dynamics
LS1_3 - DNA synthesis, modification, repair, recombination and degradation
LS1_2 - General biochemistry and metabolism
LS1_11 - Biochemistry and molecular mechanisms of signal transduction
LS3_6 - Organelle biology
LS4_1 - Organ physiology and pathophysiology
LS4_4 - Ageing
LS3_7 - Cell signalling and cellular interactions
LS3_8 - Signal transduction
LS4_3 - Endocrinology
LS3_9 - Development, developmental genetics, pattern formation and embryology in animals
LS4_2 - Comparative physiology and pathophysiology
SH5_8 - Cultural studies, cultural identities and memories, cultural heritage
SH5_6 - History of art and architecture, arts-based research
SH6_13 - History of Ideas, Intellectual History, history of economic thought

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 5. Raggiungere l’uguaglianza di genere ed emancipare tutte le donne e le ragazze

Budget

Total cost: € 65,251.00
Total contribution: € 47,726.00
PoliTo total cost: € 40,000.00
PoliTo contribution: € 29,475.00