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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear H-World Colleagues,
In relationship do Daniele's comment, I found this blog post by Andreea Cârstocea from the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, on the scapegoating of the Roma minority in Romania of particular relevance: https://www.ecmi.de/infochannel/detail/ecmi-minorities-blog-pandemics-of...
Join the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Center for Muslim World Studies at Florida International University (FIU) on Friday, May 15th at 12:30PM (EST-USA) for a Live Zoom webinar on South Asia in the time of COVID-19. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Asia, as in the rest of the world, has exacerbated wealth inequalities and communal tensions. This webinar will discuss the regional, communal, and indigenous perspectives on the impact of the pandemic on South Asian societies and possible future trajectories for the post-COVID-19 order.
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.
Call for Papers: American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting Nov 18-22, 2020, St. Louis, MO
Before Corona & After Corona: Continuities and Discontinuities of the New Normal
Organizers: Young Su Park, MD PhD (University College London) and Yeon Jung Yu, PhD (Western Washington University)
May 8: deadline to submit 250 word application to organizers
May 15: AAA deadline to begin application online
May 20 (17:00 EST): deadline to complete application online
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.
Many thanks for your fantastic contributions this month. It seems more important than ever to discuss and attempt to understand the intersection of nationalism and catastrophe, and it is clear that this will be an area of scholarly focus in years to come.