GenderSTE – Gliwice, Silesian University of Technolog
At the Faculty of Architecture (the Silesian University of Technology) were held international workshops as part of a 4-year European gender project funded by the COST network. This is the last workshop under the genderSTE project, and the first in Poland. The workshops last two days and they were addressed to scientists and researchers representing all scientific disciplines. The main aim of this event was to systematize and enrich knowledge in the field of theory, methodology and practice of age and gender criteria in conducted research. The workshop was also visited by Prof. Lidewij Tummers from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, who talked about the connections between gender issues, urban planning and spatial planning as part of the speech. Workshop participants worked on maps of well-known surroundings, e.g. residence, and identify spatial criteria relevant to different space users, in particular with regard to gender. The genderSTE project is a network of decision-makers and experts involved in promoting a fairer participation of women and men and better integration of gender analysis into research and innovation. The project involves: government institutions, research organizations, universities, non-profit organizations, as well as private companies from 40 countries in Europe.
First Day: Over 25 participants came to the workshops from various scientific centers and various scientific disciplines from Poland and abroad (Denmark, Serbia, the Netherlands, and Ukraine). It was a very active and diligent day. Interesting lectures and amazing subjects of workshops, inspired to absorbing discussions between trainers and workshop participants. The workshops were solemnly opened by Prof. Marek Pawełczyk – the Vice-Rector of Science and Development of the Silesian University of Technology, and PhD Jerzy Mościński – the Director for International Cooperation at the Silesian University of Technology. Next, trainers presented lectures on issues, ‘intersectionality in gender’ in theory and research. The lectures were given by Ewa Krzaklewska from the Jagiellonian University, Karolina Lendák-Kabók from the University of Novi Sad (Serbia) and Katarzyna Dębska from the University of Warsaw. The first day of the workshop ended with a gala dinner and establishing contacts between workshop participants, trainers and organizers.
Second Day: The main part of the workshop was led by trainers: PhD Hilda Romer Christensen (University of Copenhagen), PhD Marta Luty-Michalak (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University) and ir Lidewij Tummers (University of Delft).
Participants of the workshops worked on the maps of Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw and Gliwice. They wondered what gender is in the cross-sectional sense and what issues are relevant to the city planning point, what is the concept of ‘gender planning’ already functioning in the literaturę. Thanks to PhD Marta Luty-Michalak, the workshop attendants got acquainted with the concept of ‘coworking’ and designed a functional and spatial diagram of the co-working space in the teams. Interesting works and conclusions arose from the effects of these works.
At the end of the workshop there was a panel discussion professionally led by PhD Krzysztof Kafka (Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology.), who created a great atmosphere for the discussion and exchange of ideas between all those involved in the workshop.