Gendering the Gulf Campus: Designing the City State University

March 19, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Room 1022
202 S Thayer St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Gulf is a rapidly developing region. Coming into being alongside skyscrapers, stadia, and man-made islands are universities and campuses. In a region in which governmental discourse often revolves around human development, higher education plays a major role in forming citizens and developing economies. In this talk, Bader al-Bader focuses on Kuwait University’s new sex-segregated mega-campus on the edge of the city, examining its design as an overtly gendered space.  The new singular campus in the city-state of Kuwait establishes a novel form of separation that leverages architectural design and persuasion skills. Keeping in mind the constitutional requirement of equity and non-discrimination, the design of the new mega-campus exhibits the major lengths to which the design endeavor went in attempting to emphasize equality through mirroring.


Bader al-Bader is a Ph.D. student in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan,  interested in studying the spaces in which of the magic of higher education takes place. He is currently a co-coordinator of Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee co-chair at Graduate Rackham International. Visit to learn more about the most recent exhibition he has worked on.


Co-sponsors: Department of Near Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies Seminar, Islamic Studies Program.