Vizualizing and exhibiting the professional stories of Romani people in Marseille, France

Authors: Elise Olmedo*, Mucem - Museum of European and Mediterranean civilizations
Topics: Cartography, Social Geography, Qualitative Methods
Keywords: Sensitive map, Mapping stories, narratives, vizualisation, Romani people, socio-professional trajectory
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Chairman's Boardroom, Omni, East
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This paper will question a series of « sensitive maps » representing the stories of Romani people living in Marseille. The Romani is an heterogeneous community constituted by different groups (Gypsies, Roma, etc.), often stereotyped as a people without material culture. « Sensitive mapping » processes give us the opportunity to show the technical specialisation of their professions. These « sensitive maps » will be used as a starting point to, both getting the mapping process of these stories materialized, and such as a communication tool, presenting the socio-professional life trajectory of this community's members. Mapping these trajectories allows to highlight the numerous know-hows of Romani people, including their adaptability, as well as the difficulties they could encounter to access the job market, with a specific focus on exclusion and stigmatisation, manifested through their professional experiences. This presentation aims to share reflections on mapping these trajectories and these difficulties, especially in regards to the requirement for long-term commitments, between the mapmakers and the storytellers. The maps which will be produced during this project will be part of an exhibition that will be presented in 2021 at the French Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (Mucem). This exhibition will include the results of a field survey, led by a team of interdisciplinary researchers, in close collaboration with Romani people, and local non-governmental organizations. This paper will then approach the issue of the collaborative process followed to collect and exhibit those stories, using a range of media including sensorial and emotional maps.

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