WE – Wor(l)ds which Exclude

Leading researcher: n.a.
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: International project
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Roma | Gitanos | Gypsies | Europe | Housing policies | Antiziganism | Institutions | Language

Main institution: Fondazione Michelucci ONLUS (Italia)
Participant institutions: CRIA
Funding: EC – Directorate-General Justice
Reference: JUST/2011/FRAC/AG/2716
Starting date: 01-01-13

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The project stems from the empirical experience and studies of the partners as well as from the comparison of the results of research at the European level on the issue of the housing conditions of Roma/Gitanos/Gypsies (RGG), and of the housing and settling policies related to them. On the basis of the common features arising from the European context – unacceptable housing conditions, discrimination, forced evictions, widespread antiziganism – we have asked ourselves about the existence of a possible stereotyped social description of the RGG, which has become a common element and tradition in European public discourse. This cognitive “core” would then take on local forms linked to the specific context and to the relationship created between certain RGG groups and a given territory, becoming a platform on which projects and policies are designed. The focus of the project is therefore on the institutions and the main action (Workstream 1) is to analyse the documents produced by national and local Public Institutions (laws, regulations, plans, acts, resolutions) concerning RGG, both as regards the language used and the measures proposed, Housing Policies in particular. On the issue of housing the policies of social inclusion play a certain role, and “Romafobia” is essentially the fear of having the Roma close by. It’s important to highlight and analyse the distance between the discourse about rights and the practical implementation of that. Stereotypes can be used for trade or in situations of conflict in which questions of identity are played out. The analysis of language and institutional measures include the study of the reasons and sources of the language utilized, of the measures proposed and of the actions and it could clearly show what the stereotypes in action are, and how they produce effects on reality and on the everyday life of RGG. The second action (Workstream 2) is that of making the results of research a heritage of those who work in Institutions in the administrative and political sector. The result of this action will be a short manual with guidelines to fight and possibly eliminate stereotypes and mis-knowledge that can negatively influence the elaboration of actions and policies aimed at improving the urban and housing conditions of RGG, by respecting their rights and culture. The elaboration of these guidelines by the partners includes involvement and exchange with the Associations formed by RGG. The Guidelines of each single country will have a common part with all the involved countries and a specific part on one’s own national background. They will be written in the language of the country as well as in English. In order to make this tool actually adopted by Institutions, the partners will organise a participatory dissemination initiative aimed at institutions by holding round tables, seminars and focus-groups according to the best format assessed with the institutional targets themselves. Moreover, a third cross-cutting initiative is envisaged (workstream 3) that is based on a visual anthropological approach and aims at making an ethnographic documentary on the housing conditions and testimony of the RGG groups present in the partner countries of the project. During the implementation of the project, we have planned meetings for the sharing of methodologies, disciplinary approaches, research progress, local results, commonalities between countries, the construction of guidelines. The exchange between the partners will also be facilitated via a web platform. The phase of research, guidelines creation and their participatory dissemination in the institutional contexts will be run by a scientific coordinator having a well-tested competence. The project management team envisages an organic, balanced management style that aims to establish communication between the research teams. Finally, the project provides an effective strategy for the dissemination of knowledge, results and products, described in WS4.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub138*Micol BrazzabeniPrincipal Investigatorproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which ExcludeInternational projectConcluded
pub50*Elizabeth ChallinorResearcherproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which ExcludeInternational projectConcluded
pub525*Alexandra CastroResearcherproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which ExcludeInternational projectConcluded
Other researchers

Massimo ColomboPrincipal InvestigatorFondazione Giovanni Michelucciproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Leonardo PiaserePrincipal InvestigatorCREAa - U. Veronaproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Eleni TracadaPrincipal InvestigatoriCeGSproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Balatonyi JuditPrincipal InvestigatorPécsi TBKproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Guiseppe Beluschi FabeniPrincipal InvestigatorTaller ACSAproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Katalin VitosPrincipal InvestigatorISPMNproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Silvoa PaggiPrincipal InvestigatorUNSA-LIRCESproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Guiseppe FasoResearcherFondazione Giovanni Michelucciproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Nicola SolimanoResearcherFondazione Giovanni Michelucciproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Sabrina Tosi CambiniResearcherFondazione Giovanni Michelucciproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Virgilio Mosè Carrara SutourResearcherCREAa - U. Veronaproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Siobhan SpencerResearcheriCeGSproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Siobhan NearyResearcheriCeGSproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Baracsi KittiResearcherPécsi TBKproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Cserti Csapó TiborResearcherPécsi TBKproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Orsós AnnaResearcherPécsi TBKproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Balázsovics MónikaResearcherPécsi TBKproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Juan de Dios López LópezResearcherTaller ACSAproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Stafeano PiemonteseResearcherTaller ACSAproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Hajnalka HarbulaResearcherISPMNproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Dénes KissResearcherISPMNproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Iuliu KozákResearcherISPMNproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Péter KállayResearcherISPMNproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Valentina BonifacioResearcherUNSA-LIRCESproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Solen CozicResearcherUNSA-LIRCESproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude
Laurent TorreResearcherUNSA-LIRCESproj21*WE - Wor(l)ds which Exclude