Re: Question of the Month - April

Dear Daniele and Cristian, thanks very much! These are all wonderfully useful information. I've been planning to write an article about the discrimination against Roma communities in Europe during the pandemic, focusing on the rhetoric and representation in the various countries, also taking in account the posts and responses on digital media. It would be useful to have co-authors for such a large-scale project. So if anybody is interested in this or would like to work together, please get in touch with me at k.k.lajosi@uva.nl.

Re: Question of the Month - April

Dear Krisztina,

I have tangentially followed the situation of  Roma communities in Spain. There have been several 'bulos', online fake news, about specific dangers associated with the Gitanos. 
Following a funeral in Victoria, a local Gitano community was subjected to one of the first lockdowns in Spain. Immediately afterwards, fake news circulated about law-breaking actions posing dangers emanating from this community. Most messages concerned the alleged 'unruly behaviour' in the quarantine.

Re: Question of the Month - April

The Covid-19 pandemic has galvanized old national stereotypes and cultural patterns. A hundred years ago, in the 1920s, associations of national hygiene were established to safeguard the health of the nation against diseases and undesirable internal and external aliens. Current biopolitics echoes some of these historical links between hygiene and nationalism. At the outbreak of the Covid crisis, deeply ingrained and often unconscious narratives emerged and have been used to “protect” the health of the nation against groups identified as infiltrators of the virus.

Re: Question of the Month - April

In response to Joep Leerssen’s thoughtful and very well expressed post, national identity has indeed emerged in different forms in various pandemic and post-pandemic contexts. In this post, I limit my reflections to the current situation (I will perhaps add references to the historical record in a subsequent post). 

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