you are cordially invited to the upcoming lecture by Prof. Yasuko Takezawa, which will take place May, 24 at 11:15-12:45 pm in room 120.01.10 (CATS/ZO; Voßstr.2).
Prof. Takezawa will present her talk on:
The Rulers and the Marginalized: Similar Modalities of Marginalization amongst Jews, “Gypsies”/(Roma), and Kawaramono (Burakumin) in the Middle Ages
In this talk, the lecturer will demonstrate some striking similarities in the ways of marginalization of Jews in Spain, the Kawaramono (Burakumin today) in Japan, and the group then labeled as “Gypsies” (Roma today) in Romania in the Middle Ages, with particular attention given to their ambivalent relationships with the rulers. This is not meant to be a historical study but rather a sociological and anthropological inquiry that may have broader implications. It is part of her serial studies that claim that we need to de-center the Trans-Atlantic paradigm and closely re-examine the patterns of dynamic social relationships within each region where marginalized and often racialized groups are not necessarily phenotypically distinguishable.
Yasuko Takezawa is Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University and Professor at the Intercultural Research Institute, Kansai Gaidai University. She is a pioneer and leading scholar in critical race studies in Japan, and has led a series of large international collaboration projects in the field. Her English publications include: Breaking the Silence: Redress and Japanese American Ethnicity (Cornell University Press, 1995); Race and Migration in the Transpacific (co-ed., Routledge, 2023); Transpacific Japanese American Studies: Dialogues on Race and Racializations (co-ed. U of Hawai’I Press, 2016); Racial Representations in Asia (Takezawa ed. Kyoto University Press / Transpacific Press, 2011).