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“Cultural Alterity of Turkish Roma (‘Gypsies’) and Political Dis/Enfranchisement”

November 14, 2007

The Américo Paredes Center for Cultural Studies presents “Cultural Alterity of Turkish Roma (‘Gypsies’) and Political Dis/Enfranchisement: Identity Politics, European Union, and Urban Development,” a talk by Ethnomusicology Professor Sonia Tamar Seeman.

Wednesday, November 21, 12-2pm
E. P. Schoch building – EPS 1.128
University of Texas at Austin

Professor Seeman has done field research in Macedonia, Southeastern Europe and in Turkey on Rom, Turkish, and transnational musical practices. Her recent research interests explore emergent Turkish cultural expressions and ongoing configuration of ethnic and gendered identities in the wake of the European Union accession processes. Her talk draws from fieldwork conducted among Roma communities and organizations in Turkey to explore the dynamics of local, national and transnational politics, and implicates the key role of public performances of music and dance in forging political consciousness.

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