This thesis compares the Swedish cities of Lund’s Meaningful Meetings and Umeå’s Curiosity and Passion - The Art of Co-Creation applications to be named European Capital of Culture (ECOC) 2014. The applications focus on two criteria of the EU, European Dimension and City and Citizens. The way the two bids worked with the criteria will reveal the process of Europeanisation – the process of creating common meaning and collective understandings of Europe. Interviews with cultural professionals that worked on the applications, two of the actors and a member of the selection panel were interviewed. By doing a discourse analysis of the material, reoccurring topics that are used to build the Europeanisation will be visible. The analysis will focus on two terms used by Monica Sassatelli in her research of ECOC: reconceptualisation and regeneration of space. The Europeanisation was then conceptualised with the help of Thomas Risse’s three models of identity formation: Blended identities, nested identities and zero-sum identity.
In this study we look closer at the idea of co-creation and the way in
is negotiated and How can cultural used to create
inclusive and just cities? Who gets to speak and who is heard?
Which groups get to participate in the co-creation of culture and the formulation and shaping of cultural policies and activities?