Uses and perceptions of spaces on Campus
Case study of the University of Buenos Aires from a gender and affective perspective
Feminist geography argues that spaces are not gender neutral. Some authors have focused on pointing out hegemonic masculinity as the parameter with which public spaces have been designed, and others have discussed its heteronormativity. We are interested in studying emotions related to University campus places and spaces from the theoretical framework of the affective turn and emotional geographies.
The case study is the campus of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), the most massive in Argentina and one of the largest in Latin America. Our analysis is based on the results of a survey carried out among UBA’s students and professors in November 2020, (more than 2000 answers) about the emotions that different university spaces produced in them.
At the end of the lecture we will propose a series of strategies and recommendations – elaborated from the survey’s findings – with the purpose of providing tools to university management to materialize fairness through design and to generate greater well-being in the experiences of their academic communities.