GENI draws upon the ethnographic tradition of anthropology and the intersectional paradigm that understands people as culturally ascribed to diverse and sometimes contradictory identity processes, which coexist, overlap and intertwine. These processes, conditioning personal and collective experiences and narratives, are the source of inequalities, hierarchies and exclusions, but they are also the source of resilience, solidarity and transgressions.
From this perspective, identities are understood as processal, cultural and relational. It is through this vision that the inherent ambivalence of categories of identity is made visible: they offer meanings and stability, but they also limit and condition our field of experience. Likewise, gender is perceived as an open and plural category, given that bodily and identity expressions often overgrow the hegemonic binary logic. We are, then, facing multiple dimensions of diversity: identity processes, the interlocking of rules, axes of inequality, experiences, narratives and expressions.
Dr. Olga Jubany
Grup de Recerca Consolidat (2017SGR-1091) per l’Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya-AGAUR
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Currently, GENI coordinates several national and international projects:
The EXIT project, funded by the EU under the HorizonEurope programme and coordinated by the UB, attempts to explore the dimensions, root causes and implications of both long-standing and recently emerged socioeconomic inequalities within and between regions. It aims to propose ways to tackle these inequalities depending on their territorial footprint, analysing patterns of social and economic stagnation in a selection of areas across eight countries. The interdisciplinary research will explore how inhabitants, institutions and organizations in these areas perceive, experience and counteract inequalities from an intersectional perspective. This will enable knowledge sharing and best practice transfer amongst European states and affected communities in order to restrategise their sustainable development.
INCA is an HorizonEurope project that investigates the impact that so-called digital platforms have on European democracies and institutions. Indeed, while promoting economic growth and labour transformations, these platforms pose challenges to policymakers and citizens in relation to people’ participation in decision-making processes, wealth inequalities and erosion of trust into public institutions. In particular, so-called GAFAM (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft) are becoming more and more infrastructures for opinion-making, labour organization and political debate. Their increasing power in shaping and influencing such issues through lobbying, industrial relations and cultural impact opened up a wide debate on the way to deal with these transformations. While European societies grew up based on liberal democracies and institutions with their capacity to sustain a coordinated market economy, today their role seems to be reduced because of the difficulties to regulate platforms’ corporate power that spread through politics, economy and culture.
PEARL is an Erasmus+ KA220 Youth project that aims to equip young migrants with the skills to use novel digital democracy tools to spearhead their democratic participation and increase the capacity of non-profit organisations and public authorities staff to promote migrant youth participation in decision making processes and democratic life. The project is coordinated by the organisation Agis, note et innove (FR)
ERASMUS+ project (2020-2023) for the exchange of good restorative justice practices, with organisations from five European countries. It focuses on training and education, and it is related to the COME-ON and Let’sGoByTalking projects.
COME-ON (2020-2023) is a national research project coordinated by the ESRU and financed by the Proyectos I+D+i 2019 from the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades. It is an interdisciplinary research project that will use a mixed-methods approach to address gender-based online hate speech from an intersectional perspective.
Justice Programme of the European Union. Project coordinated by Dr Olga Jubany (GENI coordinator), with the participation of several other members and collaborators of GENI (2020-2022).
Justice Programme of the European Union. Project coordinated by Dr Olga Jubany (GENI coordinator), with the participation of four other members and two collaborators of GENI (2017-2020).
Starting Grant. European Research Council (ERC). Project coordinated by Dr Sílvia de Zordo, with the participation of two other GENI members (2016-2021).