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Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Interior Design

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    Olivier Vallerand

    I am editing a special issue of the Journal of Interior Design on diversity and equity in the discipline of interior design. While not specifically focused on historic interiors, articles from an historical perspective are welcomed.

    Uncovering Structures: Making Visible Hidden Biases

    The design of interiors, both residential and commercial, has long been tied to social and cultural capital and power. By extension, privilege linked to race, gender, or class has thus strongly impacted the development of interior design, from the beginning of its professionalization. Despite attempts to expand the reach of the discipline to less privileged groups, many obstacles still prevent both our professional body and the clients we reach to be as diversified as should be. Scholars have started to demonstrate how interior designers have silenced questions of race, gender, and sexual orientation to assert their professional status in relation to allied disciplines such as architecture. Contributors to this special issue will address how, both historically and today, interior design and allied disciplines have been structured in ways that silence the contributions of people of color, LGBTQ people, or women, despite them being essential to the development of the disciplines. Beyond adding names to the canon, contributions should explore how design methodologies, publication venues, educational settings, or histories of the discipline are framed in ways that foreground the contributions of some groups and limit close examination of how one’s race, gender, or sexual orientation impact their experience of the built environment. Contributors might suggest opportunities for structurally changing the discipline to foster a more inclusive environment for both designers and users of interior spaces. Furthermore, contributions should present innovative approaches to understanding how relations with allied disciplines have contributed to the framing of these structures.

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