September Events

 

Heritage Across the Borders : Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference

1 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018

Hangzhou, China

 

Description

The 2018 conference takes ‘borders’ as a broadly defined, yet key, concept for better understanding how heritage is valued, preserved, politicised, mobilised, financed, planned and destroyed. Thinking through borders raises questions about theories of heritage, its methodologies of research, and where its boundaries lie with tourism, urban development, post-disaster recovery, collective identities, climate change, memory or violent conflict.
Borders tell us much about the complex role heritage plays in societies around the world today. Historically speaking, physical and political borders have led to ideas about enclosed cultures, and a language of cultural property and ownership which marches forward today in tension alongside ideals of universalism and the cosmopolitan.
One of the key contributions of critical heritage studies has been to draw attention to the role of heritage in constructing and operationalising boundaries and borders of many kinds-national, social, cultural, ethnic, economic and political. In what ways do international flows of capital rework indigenous and urban cultures, and reshape nature in ways that redefine existing boundaries?

 

 

 

 

Paper session; Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Period: 2 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018

Katarzyna Kosmala(Chair), Tara Beall (Chair)

Description

Chair for the paper session 043 Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories

This session will address issues surrounding the construction and representation of gender within heritage contexts. Specifically, the session will engage with issues of women’s visibility within existing heritage narratives and dominant cultural discourses, exploring the potential utility of intangible cultural heritage to trouble or nuance existing hegemonic narratives and their representation of gender (Smith, 2009). We seek to address challenges associated with the construction and representation of gender in contemporary culture, and within historical records, by infusing feminist critique into wider heritage discourses.

This is a foregrounding of small ‘p’ politics, a praxis which embraces everyday struggle. This definition of political engagement articulates the practicing of politics through feminist-inspired research, illuminating engagement within institutional framings, organizational cultures, and dominant systems as well as ‘communities of interests’ –refracting potential revisions of existing heritage narratives.

  • Degree of recognition:

International

Related event

  • Paper session; Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China: Theme 7 Heritage and Justice, session 043 1/09/18 → 6/09/18

 

 

 

 

Challenging the Heroic Engineer Model of Industrial Heritage: Amplifying the Voice of the Past

Period: 5 Sep 2018

Katarzyna Kosmala(Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Speaker)

 

Description

Paper presented at the ACHS 2018 conference

That there are hidden stories of women engineers will not be a surprise to gender historians and cultural theorists, but it can be to heritage experts or engineering professionals. This paper draws on insights from the project aimed to make use of the story of Dorothée Pullinger, early woman engineer, as an intervention tool to help build today’s engineers’ confidence and skills in telling their own stories.
Drawing on Bruno Latour’s conceptualisation of the complex relationship between subject and object, the intersection between woman’s subject and woman’s object is considered.

  • Degree of recognition:

International

 

 

 

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Period: 5 Oct 2017
Media Coverage: Web
Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace, Evdoxia Viza.
Description
Dorothée Pullinger’s extraordinary life and work continues to fascinate cultural researchers and engineering historians, now UWS academics are searching for her Paisley connection. The research was enabled by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award in 2017 for “A Car for Women, and other stories” project, and the University of the West of Scotland’s Vice Principal’s Research Fund, under the multidisciplinary joint venture between the teams of the School of Engineering and Computing led by Prof Katherine Kirk and the School of Media, Culture and Society led by Prof Katarzyna Kosmala of University of the West of Scotland in collaboration with Scottish cultural organizations and independent historians.

 

 

 

In search of Dorothée Pullinger’s Paisley Connection

Period: 11 Oct 2017

Media Coverage: Web

Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace.

 

Description

Feature pointing out why extraordinary life of the pioneering motor engineer Dorothée Pullinger links with UWS research on Paisley heritage and the film project on her work and life.

 

 

 

Driving ambition ahead of her time

Period: 20 Oct 2017

Media Coverage: Print

Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace, Dr Nina Baker, Evdoxia Viza.

 

Description

UWS academics in the School of Media, Culture and Society and in the School of Engineering and Computing together with curators and industrial historians probe Dorothée Pullinger’s connection with Paisley town and Paisley industrial heritage.

 

 

 

 

A Car for a Women a Career for all

Period: 1 Jan 2018

Media Coverage: Web

Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace.

 

Description

The feature in Engineering section of UWS postgraduate prospectus 2018 using the research project as an example of attractive career for both genders in engineering field. The information on how the research project has been already used for a production of creative work with MA students in Media Culture and Society students is also detailed.

 

 

 

 

A Car for a Woman and Other Stories

Period: 1 Mar 2018

Media Coverage: Print

Kosmala.K, Kirk.K, Anthony Grace, Dr Nina Baker, Neil Johnson-Symington, Evdoxia Viza

Description

Feature detailing the film project that hopes to inspire the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering by revealing the untold histories of women engineers. The film acts as a vehicle for the project to tell Dorothée’s story, and will have an interdisciplinary impact – not just reaching engineers through exemplars of engineering, but also providing creative opportunities for cultural and media students. The film has inspired UWS music MA students, who have produced songs written from the point of view of the women engineers who moved to Dumfries to work on the car.

Feature by Portia Sale based on the interview with Prof K Kirk and Prof K Kosmala.

 

 

 

 

Voices of Women in the Great War and its Aftermath (Conference)

Period: 13 Apr 2018

Dudley

Kosmala, K. (Invited speaker), Kirk, K. (Invited speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Invited speaker), Henrietta Heald (Invited speaker), Sarah Pears (Chair), Anne Locker (Invited speaker)

Description

Soapsuds to Boilersuits – Dr Nina Baker
A Car for a Woman, a Career for All – Professor Katherine Kirk and Professor Katarzyna Kosmala
Women who started the Women’s Engineering Society – Henrietta Heald
Margaret Partridge and the Defeat of the Nightwork Rule -Anne Locker

Many women gained technical and professional engineering skills in WW1, some rising to positions of considerable responsibility. The Restoration of Prewar Practices Act 1919 obliged employers to sack any woman doing any work formerly done by a man. Very few were able to continue, which was the reason why the Women’s Engineering Society was set up in 1919. This panel will include speakers on some outstanding women engineers of the period who emerged from the war to become leaders in the movement to allow women to be professional engineers. We will also consider what foundations they laid for today’s women in engineering.

 

 

 

ICH and Hidden Industrial Herstories in Scotland paper session.

at the UWS conference (In)visible Stories: An investigation into the status of ICH in Scotland

Period: 14 May 2018

Ayr, United Kingdom

Katarzyna Kosmala(Speaker), Tara Beall (Speaker), Anthony Grace(Speaker), Katherine Kirk(Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Speaker), Evdoxia Viza(Speaker), Patricia Munoz De Escalona(Speaker), Meg Dunn(Speaker)

Description

In 2003 UNESCO developed the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). In 2005, the EU developed The Framework Convention of the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society. To date, the 2003 Convention has been ratified by 163 states, however, notably, the UK has not ratified either.
ICH bridges studies of law, folklore, culture, health, education, history and heritage. It has significant international recognition but remains under scrutinised within a Scottish context. ICH has particular application in the Scottish circumstances of sub-state or stateless nationhood, especially through contemporary efforts to achieve greater levels of codification for objects, language and cultural practices. However, ICH also raises ambiguities over less tangible or unofficial elements of cultural heritage relating to the much vaunted social and political value placed on ‘authenticity’.
We are happy to announce a call for papers for the above conference to be held 14th May at the University of the West of Scotland, Ayr Campus.
The aim of this conference is to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the examination of ICH, with a particular focus on what it means within a Scottish context. This may involve investigating examples of expressions of ICH that are considered part of Scotland’s cultural heritage; the relationship between ICH and Scottish politics; how intangible cultural heritage affects individual and community identity; how ICH is passed down and regenerated; and the legal status of ICH in Scotland.
Hosted at UWS’s Ayr Campus, this conference seeks to attract input from academics and practitioners working in the field of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Scotland.

Panel: ICH and Hidden Industrial Herstories in Scotland Chair: Professor Katarzyna Kosmala

  • Degree of recognition:

International

Related event

  • (In)visible Stories: An investigation into the status of ICH in Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

10th Biennial Gender, Work & Organization Conference

Period: 15 Jun 2018

Katarzyna Kosmala(Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Speaker), Jane Parker (Chair), Jo Bensemann (Member of programme committee), Nazim Taskin (Member of programme committee), Jane Halteh (Member of programme committee), Noelle Donnelly (Member of programme committee)

Description

Conference paper by K Kosmala and N Baker
‘Is ‘Personal Agency’ Enough to Make the Break Through? A Case Study of a Successful Pioneering Woman in Engineering’
Stream:
Working Women’s Progression and Experiences in Context

The paper revises the concepts of identity and power through a historical account of the entrepreneurial agency of a pioneering woman in the engineering field, Dorothée Pullinger. Her leadership role, management expertise and professionalism are examined, in the contextual conditions of occupational practice, and the potential for agency to be transformative for an Edwardian woman to become a pioneering engineer, entrepreneur and personnel management expert.

  • Degree of recognition:

International

About the conference event

  • 10th Biennial Gender, Work & Organization Conference   13/06/18 → 16/06/18, Sydney , Australia

 

 

 

 

Glasgow Science Festival’s  Monumental woman in STEM is pioneering engineer Dorothée Pullinger!

Period: 3 Jul 2018

Glasgow Riverside Museum

 

Description

A virtual Dorothée on a plinth was one of those on display yesterday at the Glasgow Riverside Museum.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Scotland’s Industrial Heritage

Dr Derek Alexander (Speaker), John Andrew (Speaker), Mark Ashmole (Speaker), Emma Halford Forbes (Speaker), Ian Johnston (Speaker), Kiara King (Speaker), Miriam McDonald (Speaker), Dr David Mitchell (Speaker), Dr Brian Newman (Speaker),  Dr Miles Oglethorpe (Speaker), Alastair Rawlinson (Speaker), Mark Watson (Speaker)

Description

A one-day conference dedicated to celebrating Scotland’s extraordinarily rich industrial heritage. Speakers from across the heritage sector will talk about how they became involved with industrial heritage, why it is so important to Scotland, the extent of its global reach, and why it is such a crucial part of our future.

Programme

Speaker Profiles

Date: 16 August 2018

Location: Engine Shed, Stirling

 

Women in car design from earliest times to modern day.

Period: 23 Aug 2018

Dundee Museum of Transport

Dr Nina Baker (Speaker)

 

Description

Women have been involved in designing automobiles from the very earliest days of the invention of the internal combustion engine road vehicle. This talk will introduce a number of women from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and also focus on Dorothée Pullinger’s involvement with the Galloway “car for ladies”.

 

Dorothée Pullinger and the Galloway Car

Period: 31 Aug 2018, 1st Sep 2018 (walk)

Millhouse at Gatehouse of Fleet

 

 

Description

This talk will focus on the Arrol Johnston offshoot – the Galloway Engineering Company, the women who worked in the Tongland and Heathhall factories and Dorothée in particular. The Walk on Saturday morning will aim to see the Tongland factory and the site of its associated hydroelectric power plant.

 

 

 

 

Heritage Across the Borders: Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference

1 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018

Hangzhou, China

 

Description

The 2018 conference takes ‘borders’ as a broadly defined, yet key, concept for better understanding how heritage is valued, preserved, politicised, mobilised, financed, planned and destroyed. Thinking through borders raises questions about theories of heritage, its methodologies of research, and where its boundaries lie with tourism, urban development, post-disaster recovery, collective identities, climate change, memory or violent conflict.
Borders tell us much about the complex role heritage plays in societies around the world today. Historically speaking, physical and political borders have led to ideas about enclosed cultures, and a language of cultural property and ownership which marches forward today in tension alongside ideals of universalism and the cosmopolitan.
One of the key contributions of critical heritage studies has been to draw attention to the role of heritage in constructing and operationalising boundaries and borders of many kinds-national, social, cultural, ethnic, economic and political. In what ways do international flows of capital rework indigenous and urban cultures, and reshape nature in ways that redefine existing boundaries?

 

 

 

 

Paper session; Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Period: 2 Sep 2018 → 6 Sep 2018

Katarzyna Kosmala(Chair), Tara Beall (Chair)

Description

Chair for the paper session 043 Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories

This session will address issues surrounding the construction and representation of gender within heritage contexts. Specifically, the session will engage with issues of women’s visibility within existing heritage narratives and dominant cultural discourses, exploring the potential utility of intangible cultural heritage to trouble or nuance existing hegemonic narratives and their representation of gender (Smith, 2009). We seek to address challenges associated with the construction and representation of gender in contemporary culture, and within historical records, by infusing feminist critique into wider heritage discourses.

This is a foregrounding of small ‘p’ politics, a praxis which embraces everyday struggle. This definition of political engagement articulates the practicing of politics through feminist-inspired research, illuminating engagement within institutional framings, organizational cultures, and dominant systems as well as ‘communities of interests’ –refracting potential revisions of existing heritage narratives.

  • Degree of recognition:

International

Related event

  • Paper session; Gender Construction, Perpetuating Cultures and Heritage: Tackling Marginalization; Rewriting Histories at the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, 4th Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China: Theme 7 Heritage and Justice, session 043 1/09/18 → 6/09/18

 

 

 

 

Challenging the Heroic Engineer Model of Industrial Heritage: Amplifying the Voice of the Past

Period: 5 Sep 2018

Katarzyna Kosmala(Speaker), Dr Nina Baker (Speaker)

 

Description

Paper presented at the ACHS 2018 conference

That there are hidden stories of women engineers will not be a surprise to gender historians and cultural theorists, but it can be to heritage experts or engineering professionals. This paper draws on insights from the project aimed to make use of the story of Dorothée Pullinger, early woman engineer, as an intervention tool to help build today’s engineers’ confidence and skills in telling their own stories.
Drawing on Bruno Latour’s conceptualisation of the complex relationship between subject and object, the intersection between woman’s subject and woman’s object is considered.

  • Degree of recognition:

International

 

 

 

 

“Engenious women!”

Period: 18 Oct 2018

Paisley Soroptimists

 

 

Description

This talk will look at women in engineering quite generally, both past and present, with a focus on Dorothée Pullinger in Paisley and elsewhere, followed by a brief history of the Women’s Engineering Society and its work today.

 

 

 


Paisley Philosophical Institution

Period: 14 Feb 2019

Paisley Philosophical Institution

 

Description

The Paisley Philosophical Institution are, unsurprisingly, interested in anything with a historical connection to Paisley.This talk will look at the earliest days of Arrol Johnston and the Pullinger’s connections with Paisley.

 

 

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Resources

Dorothée Pullinger and the Paisley Connection

Dorothée Pullinger, nowadays celebrated for her pioneering work as an engineer, car producer and entrepreneur, has generally been more associated with the Dumfries area of Scotland where she worked after the First World War before moving to London and then Guernsey. However, to understand how…read more

 

 

The story of Dorothée Pullinger

Dorothée Pullinger’s extraordinary life and work continues to fascinate cultural researchers and engineering historians, now UWS academics are searching for her Paisley connection. The research was enabled by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award in 2017 for “A Car for Women, and other stories”…read more

 

 

A Car for Women in the UWS Annual Review 2017 (p31)

Dr Katherine Kirk, School of Engineering & Computing, and Professor Katarzyna Kosmala and Tony Grace, School of Media, Culture & Society, are joining forces with Pullinger expert and independent researcher Dr Nina Baker, to explore the story of Dorothée Pullinger’s life and achievements as part of an….read more

 

 

A Car for Women and Other Stories

‘A Car for Women and Other Stories’ takes up the story of Dorothée Pullinger, a pioneering motor engineer in the 1920s. Dorothée is most famous for designing and building a “Car for Women” at her factory in Galloway, Scotland.  As the director and manager of Galloway Motors, Dorothée recruited a…read more

 

 

UWS academics in search of Dorothée Pullinger’s Paisley connection

The extraordinary life and work of the pioneering 1920s motor engineer, Dorothée Pullinger, continues to fascinate and academics at UWS are searching for her Paisley connection. The research was enabled by a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious award in 2017 for ‘A Car for Women, and other stories’…read more

 

 Inclusive Culture Project

In January 2017, the Royal Academy of Engineering conducted a survey to increase understanding of the culture of engineering, the extent to which it is inclusive, and what would make it more so. The Academy would like to thank every individual engineer who responded, and all the organisations that took…read more

 

 Women in the UK STEM Workforce

WISE tracks progress towards our goal of a critical mass of women working in the UK STEM workforce (30%) through the Labour Force Survey which gives a gender breakdown for different occupations. The latest figures, (August 2015), show that women make up 14.4% of all people working in STEM occupations…read more

 

Profiles

 

Dorothée Aurélie Marianne Pullinger (1894-1986), engineer and pioneering businesswoman

Engineering Achievements

Dorothée trained under her father at the Arrol-Johnston car works in Paisley. During WW1, Vickers employed her as their Lady Superintendent in charge of…read more

 

 

Grace’s Guide: Dorothée Pullinger

Dorothée Aurélie Marianne Pullinger, automobile engineer and businesswoman.

1894 Born in Saint-Aubin-sur-Scie, Seine Inférieure, France, the daughter of T. C. Pullinger and his wife Aurélie Berenice Sitwell

She was educated at Loughborough High School…read more 

 

 

Other Sources

BBC Documentary: Dorothée Pullinger: The woman who built a car for women

British Pathé: Dorothée Pullinger Footage

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics: Education and Training Strategy for Scotland,2017

SFC Gender Action Plan for Colleges and Universities, August 2016

SFC Gender Action Plan: Annual Progress Report

Tackling the Technology Gender Gap Together, Digital Scotland, Equate Scotland 2017

Tapping all our Talents. Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: a strategy for Scotland, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Technology Scotland 2017 Skills and Recruitment Survey Results Report

The State of Engineering 2018

The UK STEM Education Landscape

Voices of Women in the Great War and it’s Aftermath (Minutes)

Wes Statistics on Women in Engineering, compiled by Women’s Engineering Society 

 

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The Project

 

The Project

University of the West of Scotland leads a three-year project that hopes to inspire the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering by revealing the untold histories of women engineers. The project is led by a multidisciplinary team at the UWS: Professor Katherine Kirk of the School of Engineering and Computing and Prof Katarzyna Kosmala of the School of Media Culture and Society, and involves an engineer Dr Evi Viza, a filmmaker, Tony Grace, Dr Nina Baker, an independent engineering historian, and Neil Johnson-Symington, curator at Riverside Museum of Transport in Glasgow.

Drawing on archival research, memorabilia, interviews and oral histories, the team is now creating a film about the engineering pioneer and hero – Dorothée Pullinger – linking with Scottish industrial heritage. With Dorothée’s local engineering roots as an apprentice in Paisley and her history of championing women’s involvement in engineering, she is an obvious fit for a film exploring women’s engagement with engineering and rewriting history.

The Royal Academy of Engineering funded project “A Car for Women” celebrates Dorothée Pullinger’s life and achievements as a pioneering female engineer, car designer, rally driver and entrepreneur. The documentary traces her life and focuses on the development of the `Galloway Car’ and the unique female focused engineering workforce Dorothée set up after the First World War in Tongland near Kirkcudbright where the modern hydro-electric powered factory had tennis courts on the roof for the workers to use. Filming has taken place in Guernsey, Paisley, Tongland and Glasgow where the Riverside Museum has a striking example of the Galloway car.

The film acts as a vehicle for the project; a means to tell Dorothée’s untold story – not just reaching engineers through exemplars of entrepreneurship, innovation and engineering, but also engaging with Scottish heritage, rewriting history and providing creative opportunities for cultural and media students and researchers.

This is the team’s first STEM public engagement multidisciplinary project that aims to promote a better understanding of engineering careers, including contributions from present day engineers. Dorothée was chosen as her story continues invisible despite her extraordinary contribution in the engineering field. The story enabled engagement with Scotland’s industrial heritage, merging contemporary visual culture with archives and engineering history. This action research archaeology is aimed to fill the gaps in historical knowledge by telling women-centred stories and showcasing the effects that they have had on the engineering field and beyond, which will in turn impact young women just entering engineering and engineering apprentices.

The team’s engagement in the process of rewriting history and recognition of women’s contributions in professional fields, aims at change in professional and organisational cultures as well as in parallel academic cultures and learning and teaching environment more generally. The aim is that the project will inspire further research into the area, uncovering more untold women-centred stories, making them visible and generally accessible by putting them into the public domain. The project is included in the UWS 2018/19 Postgraduate prospectus, so is already encouraging the next intake of UWS students to consider a career in engineering.

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