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Gender, Infrastructure and the Production of Domesticity in the (Post)Communist City

Descrizione del progetto

Esperienze di genere e soluzioni abitative nella Bucarest (post-)comunista

Nel 1989, la fine del regime comunista in Romania e l’ascesa della democrazia capitalista hanno ridisegnato i precedenti confini tra pubblico e privato. In questo contesto, l’infrastruttura abitativa generata dal periodo comunista mostra la necessità di ospitare un nuovo tipo di vita familiare. Il progetto Domesticities, finanziato dall’UE, dimostrerà il significato dell’infrastruttura abitativa realizzata a Bucarest tra il 1955 e il 1984, in merito ad abitazioni, famiglia e ruolo delle donne nel periodo comunista e post-comunista. Il progetto definisce la vita familiare come un complesso di atteggiamenti e pratiche direttamente connessi all’intento politico promosso nell’ambito delle soluzioni abitative comuniste. Domesticities esaminerà le interazioni tra i processi abitativi comunisti e le esperienze vissute attualmente dalle donne.

Obiettivo

This research proposes to investigate the relationship between gender, the (post)communist state and architecture in the passage from socialism to its aftermath in Bucharest, Romania. The project explores the manner in which housing infrastructure was employed as a political technology in the production of gendered subjectivities—that is, women’s embodied experience of the built environment—in the communist and post-communist periods. The fall of the communist regime in 1989 and the emergence of capitalist democracy served both to contest and reshape former boundaries between the private and the public realms. At the same time, housing infrastructure is the main inheritance of the communist system and constitutes, within a new socio-political condition permeated by Western images, the physical structure that must accommodate a new type of domesticity. The research defines domesticity as a changing set of attitudes and praxes that are specifically linked to the political intention embedded within the communist housing projects. The main research objective is to establish the significance of housing infrastructures built in Bucharest between 1955 -1984 in the regulation of the home, the family and women’s roles in the communist and post-communist periods. The research will achieve this objective by interrogating, on the one hand, the interaction between processes of regulating, designing, building, using and imagining socialist housing and, on the other hand, the actual lived experiences of women. The approach of this research project is interdisciplinary, employing ethnographic methods, archival research, and drawing on specific theoretical frameworks—from architecture, anthropology, and gender studies—for analysis and interpretation. The research will be a unique contribution to existing scholarship on the legacies of communism in states from Eastern Europe, by relating questions of gender to the constitution of domesticity through infrastructure.

Coordinatore

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 212 933,76
Indirizzo
GOWER STREET
WC1E 6BT London
Regno Unito

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Regione
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 212 933,76