The Public Sensorium: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Disability, Architecture, and Public Spaces (GDAPS 2017), 25-26 July 2017

The Public Sensorium: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Disability, Architecture, and Public Spaces (GDAPS 2017) will take place at the Faculty of Built Environment of University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur on 25-26 July 2017. We are pleased to welcome conference delegates and honoured keynote speakers, the Honorable Senator Bathmavathi Krishnan of the High Commission of India in Kuala Lumpur, Ms. Shavani Gupta, and Prof Dato Dr. Rashila Ramli.

Conference programme (UPDATED)
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

8.00 am Breakfast and registration
9.00 am Welcoming speech by Senator Bathmavathi Krishnan  and keynote address by Shavani Gupta

11.00 am Parallel sessions
Panel 1: Gender, disability, and the social construction of space
Panel 2: Urban mobility and gentrification: Making space for marginalised communities

1.00 pm Lunch

2.00 pm Parallel sessions
Panel 3: Inclusiveness and built spaces for rehabilitation
Panel 4: Democracy and universal design: Contesting public spaces

4.00 pm Tea break

4.30 pm Parallel sessions
Panel 5: Play and safety: Rethinking recreational public spaces
Panel 6: Revitalising access and the public sensorium

Click here for full details of the panels

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

10.00 am Breakfast

11.00 am Keynote speech by Prof Dato Dr. Rashila Ramli
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Forum: Women with Disabilities
4.00 pm Tea break
4.30 pm Focus Group Discussion and Closing Ceremony

Walk-in members of the public are welcome to attend. The following are the admission fees:

  • RM 25 per day for full-time professionals
  • Free for students, non/part-time-employed, and NGOs

Payment can be made at the door or via bank transfer:

For local bank transfer (within Malaysia)
Account Name: Universiti Malaya
Account No: 800 127 9998
Name of Bank: CIMB Bank

Via telegraphic transfer (international banks)
Account Name: Universiti Malaya
Account No: 1440-0004005-05-3
Name of Bank: CIMB Bank Berhad, Universiti Malaya
Address of Bank:
Lot 5270 Bangunan Pentadbiran Baru
Universiti Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Swift Code: CIBBMYKL

Contact person:
Ms. Pey Sien, at thepublicsensorium@gmail.com

Conference conveners:
Dr. Alicia Izharuddin, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya
Dr. Naziaty Yaacob, Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya
Dr. Hazreena Hussein, Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya

This conference is supported by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education’s Fundamental Research Grant Scheme. It is co-organised by the Faculty of Built Environment and the Gender Studies Programme of University of Malaya.

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