Raisa Jurva | Researcher in Gender Studies

During the residency, I was working on my doctoral research on mid- to later-life women’s experiences of relationships with younger men. My interest lies in understanding the entanglements of power, emotions and gendered conventions in the context of heterosexual relationships. I have to admit that when I started to find out about Faber, the idea of having a break from the November darkness in Tampere (Finland) by spending three weeks in Catalonia was very appealing to me. However, it was not only the sunshine that gave my work a boost during the residency. Even though the residents worked with different themes, we all shared an interest in feminist perspectives and there were plenty of opportunities for informal discussions, which usually took place before or during dinner. Moreover, the Open Day at Faber served as a platform for presenting our ongoing work, which I really enjoyed.

Faber is located in the small town of Olot, which provides good opportunities for enjoying the nature. Forests and parks nearby are ideal for taking a break from writing and it is easy to go jogging along the river that crosses the town. Furthermore, I cannot underestimate the significance of being relieved from domestic chores such as cooking and cleaning for a while, which enables full concentration towards the work at hand. I worked quite independently at Faber and did not need much of assistance from the staff, but they were always available, which created a supportive environment.   

I left Faber in a state of inspiration and the discussions with other residents will provide food for thought for a long time.