«In Horizon 2020 Gender is a cross-cutting issue and is mainstreamed in each of the different parts of the Work Programme, ensuring a more integrated approach to research and innovation.»1

 

My genuine interest in women’s perspective on the world of art and science2 motivated me to integrate gender analysis at macro, meso and micro levels throughout the project cycle, ensuring gender equality in both the research process and research content.

An extensive study on the representation of women in the world of the arts (as artists, curators, promoters, etc.) is currently missing. By carrying out my research on interactive installations, I intend to address the problem by:

  1. collecting quantitative data and statistics from the cultural institutions involved in my project and the members of the project network;
  2. monitoring significant indicators withfocused questions in interviews, life stories and questionnaires.
  3. making sure that at least 40% of the participants involved in the experiments are women;
  4. in the selection of artworks, assigning a priority to women’s works – granted that the characteristics of the installations meet the requirements of the study.

A number of communication activities have also been planned around this topic, especially involving the Gynaika Association (based in Antwerp, Belgium). Also the Verbeke Foundation embraced this topic so much that the artistic director decided to dedicate the next temporary exhibitions to women artists and interactive multimedia installations.

Experts

During the preparation of this project, I have personally contacted a number of experts in this field, whom have already agreed to give their contribution. I would like to list them here and thank them for sharing their knowledge and experience with me:

  • Prof. Chia Longman, Associate Professor in Gender Studies at the Department of Languages and cultures, and Director of the Centre for Intercultural Communication and Interaction of Ghent University;
  • Dr. Sigried Lievens and Dr. Tine Brouckaert of the Policy Unit for Diversity and Gender of Ghent University;
  • Prof. Marina De Rossi, Associate Professor at the University of Padova and President of the Office for Equal Opportunities of the University of Padova;
  • Prof. Silvana Badaloni, Full Professor at University of Padova, coordinator of the EU project Gender Time and member of the European Platform of Women Scientists.
  • Gynaika Association (Anwerpen, Belgium)

Documents

In order to better understand the definition of gender mainstreaming («an innovative concept, encompassing much more than ‘traditional’ equal opportunities policy»)3, I have studied the following documents:

  1. EU Commission. Manual for gender mainstreaming. Employment, social inclusion and social protection policies, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, April 2008.
  2. EU Commission. She figures. Gender in research and innovation. Statistics and indicators, EU Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, 2013.
  3. UN WOMEN. Guide for the evaluation of programmes and projects with a gender, human rights and intercultural perspective, A. Faúndez and M. Weinstein (eds.), March 2014.
  4. UN WOMEN. Annual report 2013-2014.

1 http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/promoting-gender-equality-research-and-innovation
3 The DaphNet project fostered my involvement in gender issues: I have participated in the annual conference organised by the Italian Association Women and Science on 12-14 November 2014 in Trento, Italy.
3 EU Commission. Manual for gender mainstreaming. Employment, social inclusion and social protection policies, 2008