GRACE: Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe


The aim of the GRACE (Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe) project is to systematically investigate the cultural production of gender equalities within Europe. Extending the success of GEMMA, the Erasmus Mundus ‘Masters of Excellence’ in Women’s and Gender Studies, the central objective of GRACE is to become the programme of reference for innovative interdisciplinary doctoral training for early career researchers. Previous scholarly work focuses on European gender equality policies. GRACE draws on innovative and interdisciplinary methodologies to investigate an under-examined aspect of those processes, namely the production of cultures of equality that underpin, enable and constrain those changing policy and legislative frameworks. Our methodological approach understands culture as neither normative frameworks nor ways of representing the world, but more fundamentally as the process through which people create the worlds they inhabit. The GRACE project will recruit, employ and provide advanced training for 15 ESRs who will research the production of cultures of gender equality across five specific sites where cultures of gender equalities are produced and contested by differently situated social agents. These five sites form the core of our research and training Work Packages, and are focused as follows: mediated cultures of gender equality (WP 1); urban cultures of gender equality (WP 2); intellectual and activist cultures of gender equality (WP 3); textual and artistic cultures of gender equality (WP 4); employing cultures of gender equality (WP 5). In sum, GRACE is designed to: equip the next generation of ESRs to play a leading role in developing advanced techniques for investigating the production of cultures of gender equality; translate creative and critical capacities into into innovative cultural practices within and beyond academia; and enable them to take up positions as experts in producing new gender equalities cultures.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Lilla Maria Crisafulli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature e Culture Moderne

University Of Hull(United Kingdom)

Other Participants:
Universidad De Oviedo (Spain)
Orlando Aps (Italy)
Universidad De Granada (Spain)
Uniwersytet Łódzki (Poland)
Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands)
Kozep-Europai Egyetem-Central European University (Hungary)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)

Third parties:
Kingston Upon Hull City Council (United Kingdom)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 3.719.102,04
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/10/2015
End Date: 30/09/2019

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Gender equality This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 675378