Of possible interest to Draper Students:
Social marginality and the camera: the case of migrant Roma in Italy
The lecture looks at one of the case studies in Professor Forgacs’s book Italy’s Margins (2014): that of Roma families from eastern Europe housed in “nomad camps” on the edges of Italian cities. This form of temporary settlement, and the ways in which the camps and their inhabitants have been typically photographed, show how a social group’s marginal status can be produced and reinforced both by particular policies and by visual depictions. Some examples of these photographs will be examined and consideration will be given to ways in which these marginalizing policies and views may be challenged.