Cultural elements and identity-forming symbols of public spaces have a significant impact on social relations among different groups. Cultural and other symbolic landscapes carry powerful messages about social exclusion and inclusion, and reflect and shape social interactions.
In 2018, the Tom Lantos Institute began a research project aimed at examining Roma representation in public spaces. The first phase of the inquiry explored the UNESCO World Heritage area in Budapest. With the involvement of Roma researchers, the scope of research was broadened in 2019 to include the entire area of the city. In addition to mapping Roma representation, we also investigated what prevents it from becoming more prominent in public spaces of Budapest. The preliminary results of the research carried out in 2019 were presented at a workshop and published in a working paper.