The Bronx into Bronx: Brno Roma, Ghettoized Identities, and the Global Circulation of Iconic Images
Monday, December 3, 2012 – 6:00PM
The New School, 55 W. 13th St. – Hirshon Suite – Mezzanine Level
This talk will focus on Dr. Radim Marada’s current research on Roma people in the Czech Republic. In the Czech city of Brno, an inner city area nicknamed “Bronx” is one of more than 300 Roma ghettos in the country. It may not always and everywhere feel like a ghetto, but it has over the past two or three decades acquired a strong sense of place related identity for outsiders as well as those who live there. This presentation combines an urban ethnography approach with that of cultural sociology to examine the lived experience of its inhabitants, especially local Roma youth and their educational struggles and identity challenges. It is based on an extensive research project (EDUMIGROM) and other field research in the area, and it challenges the ethnicity-culture nexus around which the imperative of a politics of recognition builds its core arguments with implications for the idea of a multicultural education.