“Geography of silence” in geographic education - a case of the Roma culture in Polish school textbooks

Authors: Agnieszka Swietek*, Pedagogical University of Krakow
Topics: Geography Education, Ethnic Geography
Keywords: geographical education, geography of silence, Roma culture
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 11
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The Roma are the largest, and some scholars would argue, the most marginalized group in Europe. Regardless of the various activities of public and private organizations to counteract the marginalization of Roma and other minority groups, it can be effectively maintained by geographic education in schools. National and ethnic minorities, including the Roma, are neglected in geography lessons in Poland taught at schools which may have far-reaching social implications since schools are the main source of information for Polish society to learn about the world. Using the concept of the “geographies of silence” we discuss the nature of text and graphical silences and the reasons behind the paucity of text, photo and map coverage.

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