Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow - The UMAQ Project
Gian Maria Greco is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow and a member of the TransMedia Catalonia Research Group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). Under Pilar Orero's supervision, he carries out the MSCA H2020 project "Understanding Media Accessibility Quality" (UMAQ). His research focuses on the theoretical foundation of accessibility and how it relates to human rights, the media, and the performing arts.
He holds a MA and a PhD in Philosophy, an International MA in Accessibility to Media, Arts and Culture and is trained in Audiovisual Translation and Disability Management. He held university positions as post-doc, research fellow, and honorary research fellow. Most notably, between January 2003 and July 2007 he was Junior Research Associate at the University of Oxford (UK).
He has published in peer-review journals and encyclopaedias, and co-authored two books (in Italian): Making as Healing Care. On the Constructionist Foundations of Occupational Therapy (2013) and Accessibility, Health and Safety of Live Events and Venues (2015).
From 2009 to 2014, he was president of POIESIS, an Italian not-for-profit organisation specialized in cultural and media accessibility. He was a member of the national group that wrote the Italian Manifesto for a Culture Accessible to All (2011-2012) and of the international group that wrote the Matera Manifesto for Universal Accessibility (2014). Since 2013 he coordinates the Italian Workshop on Culture and Accessibility. In 2013-2014, he served as accessibility coordinator and as one of the project managers on culture and social inclusion for Lecce2019, the Committee for the Candidacy of Lecce as European Capital of Culture 2019.
Over the years, he has been working as accessibility consultant for public events, performances, exhibitions and invited as a speaker in international conferences, round tables and seminars, such as Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA), University of Oxford (UK), University of Bari (Italy), Stockholm University of the Arts (Sweden), Ashkal Alwan (Beirut, Lebanon), Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound (Brussels, Belgium). In 2015, he was the keynote speaker at the 5th ARSAD Conference as well as invited speaker and coordinator of the panel on accessibility and performing arts management at the 23rd ENCATC Conference.
Currently, he serves as an Advisory Board member on the 3-year EU project "Accessible Culture and Training" and as guest editor (with E. Di Giovanni) of a special issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies on "Disability and Human Rights".