The Evolution of Discourses on Roma and Related Policies in the Czech Republic

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)
Please join the Harriman Institute, the East Central European Center, and the Columbia University Central and Eastern European Club (CUCEE) for a talk with Filip Pospíšil, Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute, and former Mediator and Crisis Interventionist at the Agency for Social Inclusion, Czech Republic.
In recent decades, the “Roma question” has been given much political attention at all levels of governance, from the level of the EU, to the national, regional and local levels. Despite this attention, the Roma population continues to face material, social and political deprivation, especially in Central and Eastern European countries. Their migration and “otherness” was approached in many cases as a threat to security and public order and became a precursor to the current reactions of the public and authorities to the “Migration crisis.”
Filip Pospíšil is an anthropologist, human rights activist and journalist focusing on marginal groups and subcultures in the Central Europe. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Faculty of Humanities, Charles University Prague in 2010 and authored and co-authored several academic publications. He also took part in research, advocacy and campaigns on human rights and privacy rights. For 6 years he worked as a co-editor and commentator of cultural bi-weekly A2 in Prague. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University with the project The “Roma question”: Evolution of discourses on Roma and related policies in the Czech Republic.