Romani (Gypsy) Women and Activism: Challenges and Opportunities

May 24, 2013
4:00 pmto5:00 pm
“Do not sterilize our women” (Czech Republic, 2008)

“Do not sterilize our women” (Czech Republic, 2008).

204 Condon
1321 Kincaid
UO campus

Department of Anthropology Colloquium
Romani (Gypsy) Women and Activism: Challenges and Opportunities

Professor Angela Kocze is a visiting Fulbright Fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies at Wake Forest University. She holds a PhD in anthropology (2011) from Central European University.

Roma, Europe’s largest minority and its historic “other,” face growing prejudice, harassment and violence, plus the rise of xenophobic political parties. In the wake of the post-communist transition, identity-based Romani politics emerged at the international, national and local levels, which created specific strategies of ethnic, gender and class mobilization. Women played an important role in theorizing discrimination both within and outside Romani society. This presentation explores the development of women’s activism in reference to multiple racialized oppressive regimes. Prof. Kocze brings years of experience as activist and a scholar.

Cosponsored by Oregon Humanities Center, Russian and East European Studies, European Studies, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society.