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1 EDMIDI 2008 student group project Edith Andrees Marta Biernath Tiina Likki Suzanne Menhem Niamh Nestor

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3  layers of visibility/invisibility  social and physical space  Hypothesis: Double invisibility ▪ 1) Invisible as migrants: excluded and invisible ▪ 2) Invisible as sign holders

4  How do sign holders exist in relation to the surrounding space, both seen from the outside and in terms of their subjective meanings?  Process: narrative/construction/experience/ objective/subjective

5  Exploratory  Making the unfamiliar familiar & the familiar unfamiliar  Approaches: urban studies, architecture, heritage and tourism studies, local history studies and geography  Theories of space and identity, the politics of space, space and (migrant) labour.  Influences: Lefebvre and Soja

6  qualitative  observations, visual documentation, expert interviews  semi-structured interviews with the sign holders (5)  decision to leave out interviews with restaurant owners  Process

7  Residential history  Feelings about Dublin/people in Dublin  Work as sign holder

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9  2000 Planning and Development Act (Art. 152, 153, 154)  Roads and Traffic Section / Planning Enforcement Section  Street furniture  ”It’s a grey area.”  ”We don’t want to know.”  ”We ignore it.”   Third layer: legal invisibility?

10  Sign holder  Position  Surroundings  Movement  Social interaction

11  Sign holder  Position

12  Surroundings  Movement  Social interaction

13  Mauritius, 20s  Residential and work history  Feelings about Dublin/people in Dublin  Work as sign holder  Typical day – “hidden” work  Feelings about work  Future plans

14  Ricardo, 22 & Felipe, 25, Brazil  Residential and work history  Feelings about Dublin/people in Dublin  Work as sign holder  Through friends / CV  Typical day  Feelings about work  Future plans

15  How do sign holders exist in relation to the surrounding space, both seen from the outside and in terms of their subjective meanings?

16  Economic space  Social space  Creative space  Temporary space  Physical space

17  TEMPORARY nature of the work: student job  IDENTITY: temporary nature of sign holding – not really identity relevant

18  Invisibility as migrants  migrants in space  not true  migrants bureaucratically  not true  Invisibility as sign holders  Partially true  “functional visibility”  Legal invisibility as sign holders  Complex  Process: definition of terms

19  Existing preconceptions  Differing conceptions of identity  Importance of defining concepts from the start  Fruitfulness of combining different approaches and methodologies

20  Migrants and space  Identity, intergroup relations and racism among migrants  Study of different ”migrant jobs”  Research on student migrants  ”Hidden services”  Code-switching

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