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G-BOOK 2: European teens as readers and creators in gender-positive narratives

EU FUNDING PROGRAME 
  • Creative Europe
KEY ACTIONS 
  • Cooperation project
  • Culture strand
COUNTRY/IES 
  • Bulgaria
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
LIBRARY/IES 
  • REGIONALNA NARODNA BIBLIOTEKA PETKO P SLAVEYKOV, Bulgaria
METHOD & TOOLS 
  • Audience development and raising awareness activities
  • Creation of bibliography
  • Creative writing activities
  • Translation

TOPICS

Gender-positive teens literature
Creative skills for young adults
LIBRARY LEADNo
GRANT SIZE197.896,00 €
YEAR2020 - 2023
PROJECT REFERENCE616773-CREA-1-2020-1-IT-CULT-COOP1

Teens’ literature plays a crucial role in the development of kids’ gender identity. Moving from the results of G-BOOK-Gender identity:Child readers and library collections and from the dishomogeneous approach among EU countries in dealing with gender issues, G-BOOK 2 aims at strengthening international gender-positive teens literature and contrasting stereotyped narratives that restrict kids’ autodetermination. In many countries indeed, books for teenagers generally stick to very conservative, narrow-minded views that reiterate stereotyped gender roles; on the other hand, some countries embrace more progressive views and gender-positive works for children and teens are much more diffused. At EU level however, all remarkable experiences aimed at promoting gender-positive teens’ literature are limited to single national or local actions, with no sharing of knowledge among academia, policy makers,publishers and educational institutions.The main objectives of this project are:- to support the circulation of gender-positive teens’ literature at a EU level – to sensitize and engage the target audience (early teenagers) on gender-related topics in an equality perspective, all while developing their creative skills These objectives will be reached through a set of well-structured activities: – Thematic expansion of the first EU Bibliography of gender-positive kids’ literature implemented by G-BOOK by including books for 11-14 yo;- Linguistic extension of such bibliography by including the German language; – Audience development and raising awareness activities in middle schools, structured in a 2-year curricular project involving 6 schools from all PP countries:a) 6 WRITING CONTESTS on gender-related themesb) TRANSLATION of the awarded stories in 6 languagesc) PUBLICATION of the awarded storiesd) TRANSNATIONAL VISUAL STORYTELLING of all awarded stories (1 per country) to encourage teen’s artistic expression.

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