Story Maps Toward Solidarity in Vienna, Austria

Authors: Janaya Crevier*,
Topics: Migration, Europe
Keywords: Story Maps, refugees, migration, public engagement, geomedia, solidarity, inclusion
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Galvez, , Marriott, 5th Floor
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Today, according to U.N. estimates, the world faces the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Civil wars, violence and climate change-induced natural disasters in the Middle East, parts of Africa and elsewhere are pushing millions from their homes, hundreds of thousands of whom journey to destinations in the European Union. Under Fulbright Austria’s community-based grant and in partnership with the news publication Biber, I explore the potential of ArcGIS Story Map to portray refugee experiences as they build new lives in Vienna, Austria. I have found that building a diverse team including people with refugee experience offers significant potential to portray the intersection of people, place, and culture and powerfully emphasizes concepts of citizenship and belonging, which are deeply connected through spatial relationships and storytelling (1). Furthermore, partnership with Biber, a magazine by and for people with migrant backgrounds, has opened up the possibility for the Story Map to be published to a pre-existing audience already invested in migration issues. I discuss several trajectories where geographical inquiries serve as a basis to understand the multi-scaled and spatio-temporal realities of refugee integration in Austria. Specifically, I focus this presentation on the building of a refugee Story Map team as a way to utilize a geospatial framework and multimedia to understand and expand the current conversation around lived experiences of refugees.
(1). Staeheli, Lynn A., Patricia Ehrkamp, Helga Leitner, and Carolyn R. Nagel. "Dreaming the ordinary: the complex geographies of citizenship." Progress in Human Geography (February 17, 2012).

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