Call for Articles | Women as Builders, Designers, and Critics

Posted in books, Calls for Papers by Editor on November 3, 2022

Villa Benedetta, designed by Plautilla Bricci (and completed in 1665) is the large residence to the right of the street in this engraving by Giuseppe Vasi, Casino e Villa Corsini fuori di Porta S. Pancrazio, Plate 199, 1761. 

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From the Call for Proposals:

Women as Builders, Designers, and Critics of the Built Environment, 1200–1800
Volume edited by Shelley E. Roff

Proposals due by 1 December 2022; final chapter submissions due by 15 January 2024

Routledge Publishing invites book chapter proposals for a peer-reviewed edited volume that will re-write the history of architecture, urban space, and landscape before the modern age from an alternative, feminist point of view. Women as Builders, Designers and Critics will recover women’s agency within the built environment in the urban and rural setting from the perspective of distinct and often overlapping roles women have played as:
Builders — manual labourers on constructions sites and in the building trades, building material suppliers, and managers of construction projects
Designers — amateur designers of architecture, interiors and gardens, artists influencing design through their architectural imagery, patrons directly engaged with design
Critics — writers, mentors, tutors, and patrons influencing the form of the built environment

Chapter authors should situate the women studied within the context of their social class, time period, and region. Within this context, authors may, if appropriate, choose to theorize about where these women fit within or challenge the canon of architectural history. The geographic scope is open and projects from earlier periods and addressing alternative roles are welcome.

Please send a 500-word abstract and a one-page CV to Shelley E. Roff at shelley.roff@utsa.edu by 1 December 2022. Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent by 10 December 2022. If your proposal is accepted, the deadline for a full chapter submission will be 15 January 2024. Chapters should be 5,000–8,000 words in length and must be published in English.

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