Workshop Three

The first iteration of my positioning statement.

I am interested in exploring, through this research project, the relationship between the stereotypes surrounding the Romani people and the way Romani New Zealanders identify with their ethnicity. I am interested in how Simon Goodman and Lottie Rowe analysed racist comments on social media in their article ‘“Maybe it’s Prejudice … but it’s NOT Racism”: Negotiating Racism in Decisions Forms about Gypsies.’ Using Discourse Analysis to draw relationships between public opinion and Romani self-identity. By comparing case studies with my tacit knowledge, I will be able to shape these stereotypes into a narrative for my animation and create the best way to share my message about the effects these stereotypes generate. I am exploring these ideas by using Ethnographic methodologies such as interviewing, storytelling, and observation to assess how much effect stereotypes play in the roles of New Zealand Romani. Alongside experimentation to discover the best way to deliver my resulting narrative, I am also concerned with my responsibility as a Romani scholar, so that my conclusions will enrich knowledge and add an authentic Romani voice to the academic community.

This is the Mindmap that I created in Contextual Review to aid in the forming of our positioning statement we worked on in today’s workshop. 

Here are the mindmaps and the ‘Bedraggled Daisey’ Venn diagram that we created in our workshop today. I have to admit to feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to form a research question, methods of inquiry, and position statements. I generally knew what I want to focus on, and in the manner in which I want to address it, but there is just so much to think about and contemplate. I am pleasantly surprised with how well the Venn Diagram works ed for me, and how it aided in the drawing connections that I hadn’t seen before.