Gender and discipline: design publication practices

Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology
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Conference Proceeding
Conference Proceedings, Art.Media.Design | Writing Intersections Conference & Workshop, 2009, pp. 282 - 293
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Design writing began to appear in scholarly journals over thirty years ago, coinciding in Australia with the transition of design into universities. Concurrently, a significant increase of women in the field actuated feminist-informed 'women and design' writing, raising important questions about gendered practices. Yet these ideas are not taken up in broader literatures, while publication and citation rates demonstrate the dominance of men in discipline-building 'practices' (Green 2009). This paper argues that the problematically gendered interactions between women, design and scholarly writing are reproduced through the operation of certain scholarly practices. The argument is supported through an empirical audit and analysis of the publication histories of two key journals, conducted in conjunction with a feminist reading of the Australian ERA Indicator Descriptors (ARC, 2008) of research output. I suggest this reading has the potential to productively disrupt and reconceptualise the gendered relations between women, men and design scholarship.
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