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The European Capital of Culture 2016 Effect

How the ECOC Competition Changed Polish Cities

by Bożena Gierat-Bieroń (Author) Joanna Orzechowska-Wacławska (Author) Paweł Kubicki (Author)
Monographs 222 Pages

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. The ECOC Programme and Urban Renewal
  • 2. Research Premises and Methodology
  • 3. Identity and Urban Narratives
  • The ECOC competition as a generational experience
  • Urban narratives
  • The image of the cities
  • Social capital
  • Lublin:
  • Łódź:
  • Katowice:
  • 4. Cities’ Cultural Policies in the Light of the ECOC Competition
  • 5. Urban Networks. Coalitions of Cities
  • 6. Infrastructure. New Cultural Institutions
  • New cultural institutions in Poland in the light of the ECOC 2016 applications
  • The Katowice Culture Zone. Creativity in a modernist form
  • Gdańsk institutions: politics and culture
  • Szczecin and the “best buildings” in Europe and the world
  • Wrocław’s ‘giant’: the National Forum of Music
  • 7. Europeanness and the Europeanisation of Polish Cities
  • The Europeanness of Polish cities in the light of the ECOC 2016 competition
  • 8. Summary of Research
  • 9. Appendix
  • Analysis of the initial programme briefs
  • 1. Gdańsk: “Freedom of Culture. Culture of Freedom”
  • 2. Katowice: “City of Gardens”
  • 3. Lublin: “City in Dialogue”
  • 4. Łódź: “(R)evolution of Imagination”
  • 5. Poznań: “Poznań Cultural Storm”
  • 6. Szczecin: “Power to Join”
  • 7. Wrocław: “Spaces for Beauty”
  • Cities in a process of change: redefining identity, re-evaluating the function of the city, metamorphosis of the image
  • 1. Gdańsk – an axiological discourse on freedom
  • 2. Katowice: from industrial city to garden city
  • 3. Lublin: generating local culture and aiming eastwards
  • 4. Łódź: revolution versus evolution
  • 5. Poznań: between economics and culture
  • 6. Szczecin: cultural crossing of borders
  • 7. Wrocław: mental metamorphoses
  • Adaptation of European ideas (selected examples)
  • 1. The “European dimension” criterion
  • 2. The “City and residents” criterion
  • Innovativeness of the project (best examples)
  • Predicted short- and long-term consequences of implementation of the ECOC 2016 projects
  • Bibliography
  • Series index

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About the author

Paweł Kubicki is a sociologist and works as an associate professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Poland. His fields of interest are the sociology and anthropology of the city, European integration, nations and nationalisms in Central Europe.

Bożena Gierat-Bieroń is a political scientist and works as an associate professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Poland. Her academic interests concentrated at cultural policies and European integration processes.

Joanna Orzechowska-Wacławska is a sociologist and economist. She works as an assistant professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of economics and sociology. Her current research focuses on the issues of national identity, contemporary nationalism and populism in Europe.

About the book

The European Capital of Culture is one of the European Union’s most important cultural programmes, its significance transcending a narrow understanding of the cultural sphere. The scheme has been one of the foremost mechanisms contributing to the urban revival of European cities and increasingly close integration in many areas of social and cultural activity. The ECOC 2016 competition (2007-2011), entered by 11 Polish cities, took place in an exceptionally favourable context. The ECOC 2016 competition in Poland served as an impetus for many changes to take place in the participant cities. These particularly applied to the sociocultural sphere, encompassing such issues as a city’s identity and social capital. Consequently, it became possible to create new urban narratives which also contributed to changes regarding the cities’ images. In some cases, this could even be described as a real revolution which was able to take place as a result of unprecedented social mobilisation..

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Contents

Introduction

1. The ECOC Programme and Urban Renewal

2. Research Premises and Methodology

3. Identity and Urban Narratives

The foreignness of cities as longue-durée heritage

The ECOC competition as a generational experience

Urban narratives

The image of the cities

Social capital

Lublin:

Łódź:

Katowice:

4. Cities’ Cultural Policies in the Light of the ECOC Competition

5. Urban Networks. Coalitions of Cities

From tournament of cities to coalition of cities

6. Infrastructure. New Cultural Institutions

Between Bilbao and Valencia

New cultural institutions in Poland in the light of the ECOC 2016 applications

The Katowice Culture Zone. Creativity in a modernist form

Gdańsk institutions: politics and culture

Szczecin and the “best buildings” in Europe and the world

Wrocław’s ‘giant’: the National Forum of Music

7. Europeanness and the Europeanisation of Polish Cities

The role of the ECOC competition in the debate on Europeanness and Europeanisation of cities

The Europeanness of Polish cities in the light of the ECOC 2016 competition

8. Summary of Research

9. Appendix

Analysis of the applications of Polish cities bidding for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016

Analysis of the initial programme briefs

1. Gdańsk: “Freedom of Culture. Culture of Freedom”

2. Katowice: “City of Gardens”

3. Lublin: “City in Dialogue”

4. Łódź: “(R)evolution of Imagination”

5. Poznań: “Poznań Cultural Storm”

6. Szczecin: “Power to Join”

7. Wrocław: “Spaces for Beauty”

Cities in a process of change: redefining identity, re-evaluating the function of the city, metamorphosis of the image

1. Gdańsk – an axiological discourse on freedom

2. Katowice: from industrial city to garden city

3. Lublin: generating local culture and aiming eastwards

Summary

The European Capital of Culture is one of the European Union’s most important cultural programmes, its significance transcending a narrow understanding of the cultural sphere. The scheme has been one of the foremost mechanisms contributing to the urban revival of European cities and increasingly close integration in many areas of social and cultural activity. The ECOC 2016 competition (2007-2011), entered by 11 Polish cities, took place in an exceptionally favourable context. The ECOC 2016 competition in Poland served as an impetus for many changes to take place in the participant cities. These particularly applied to the sociocultural sphere, encompassing such issues as a city’s identity and social capital. Consequently, it became possible to create new urban narratives which also contributed to changes regarding the cities’ images. In some cases, this could even be described as a real revolution which was able to take place as a result of unprecedented social mobilisation.

Details

Pages
222
ISBN (PDF)
9783631824153
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631824160
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631824177
ISBN (Book)
9783631818787
Language
English
Publication date
2020 (May)
Tags
European Capital of Culture Europeanisation Urban Renewal City/Smart City Cultural Identity Urban Policies
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2020. 222 pp.

Biographical notes

Bożena Gierat-Bieroń (Author) Joanna Orzechowska-Wacławska (Author) Paweł Kubicki (Author)

Paweł Kubicki is a sociologist and works as an associate professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Poland. His fields of interest are the sociology and anthropology of the city, European integration, nations and nationalisms in Central Europe. Bożena Gierat-Bieroń is a political scientist and works as an associate professor at the Institute of European Studies at the Jagiellonian University, Poland. Her academic interests concentrated at cultural policies and European integration processes. Joanna Orzechowska-Wacławska is a sociologist and economist. She works as an assistant professor at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of economics and sociology. Her current research focuses on the issues of national identity, contemporary nationalism and populism in Europe.

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