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Prof. Uni Wikan: Generous Betrayal: Politics of Culture

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We invite you to open lectures of the eminent Norwegian anthropologist, Professor Unni Wikan, entitled “Generous Betrayal: Politics of Culture in the New Europe”.

April, 9 and 11, 18:00-20:00, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University, Grodzka Street 52, room 79 (2nd floor)

All over Western Europe, many non-Western immigrants are subject to marginalization, discrimination, and increasing segregation. Unni Wikan, based on her research shows how an excessive respect for "their culture" has been part of the problem. Culture has become a new concept of race and sustaining ethnic identity politics leads to subverting human rights, especially for women and children. Fearful of being considered racist, state agencies have sacrificed freedom and equality in the name of culture.
The lectures are a part of the intensive course organised in cooperation with the Scholars at Risk which protects scholars suffering threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at member institutions of Scholars at Risk Network.

About prof. Unni Wikan: in 2004 prof. Wikan was awarded the prestigious Norwegian Fritt Ord Award for "her insightful, openhearted and challenging contributions to the public debate on the value conflicts in multicultural societies". She has studied sociology at the University of Oslo (1965-66), social anthropology at the University of Bergen (1967-68) and Arabic at the American University in Cairo (1968-69). She does not have a degree at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, but went straight onto her PhD degree.

Prof. Wikan has been a visiting professor at a number of universities across the world, among them Harvard University, USA; Beersheba University, Israel; L´école des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris; and London School of Economics (LSE).She has conducted field work in Egypt, Oman, Yemen, Indonesia, Bhutan and the Nordic countries.