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GRACE: Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe

GRACE (Gender and Cultures of Equality) aims to systematically investigate the cultural production of gender equalities within Europe. Our fifteen fixed-term Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will work as research assistants within the European project and complete a PhD thesis as doctoral researchers within our innovative and sustainable doctoral training programme in Gender Studies. Successful applicants will be provided with the academic, employability and complementary skills and training needed to become world leaders in 21st Century Gender Studies research across the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

The aim of the GRACE project is to extend the scholarly work on European gender equality policies by drawing 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. We will ask three main questions:

How have cultures of equality been produced, embodied, objectified and visualised in art, media, material and popular culture, as well as ‘official’ discourse in Europe? How might cultures of equality in Europe be produced and performed differently? In what ways do changing and contested cultural productions shape and constrain people’s awareness about, perceptions of, responses to and deployments of equality discourses within specific social contexts?

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