Preliminary observations on the production of cultures of gender equality in Donostia/ San Sebastián European Capital of Culture 2016.
Organised by Culture, Place and Policy Institute (CPPI)
In May 2017, in the evaluation conference of Donostia/San Sebastián (DSS) European Capital of Culture (ECOC) 2016, Steve Green, former chair of the ECOC selection panel, discusses the DSS experience as an innovative model for the future of the ECOC initiative. Rather than in big infrastructural change and place marketing strategies, the focus and potential of DSS 2016 lies, according to Green, in the transformation of the citizens’ socio-cultural values.
Through the research project ‘Gendering Cities of Culture’ (as part of the GRACE project - Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe – funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Framework, https://genderingcitiesofculture.wordpress.com/), Barbara Grabher’s doctoral thesis investigates the production of social, cultural and political values and ideas, with a particular focus on gender equality in the context of mega-events such as Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and DSS ECOC 2016. After four months of ethnographic fieldwork during and after Donostia/San Sebastián’s tenure as ECOC, Barbara’s research aims to offer an insight into how selected events and activities of DSS2016 deal with issues of gender equality.
Barbara Grabher is an anthropologist, working in the intersections between critical history, geography and feminist studies. After her Bachelor Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, she continued her academic path through the Erasmus Mundus Masters programme GEMMA (Gender and Women’s Studies) at the University of Granada and at Utrecht University. In parallel with her academic training, Barbara worked in different museums and archives in Austria. After several internships, volunteer positions and contributions to exhibitions, she developed the research project “Gastarbeiter*innenroute: From the Past to the Present”, in co-operation with the Vielfaltenarchiv in Austria.
Barbara is currently working as Research Assistant on the GRACE project on the School of Education and Social Sciences, University of Hull.