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Tower Seminar- Stomping Empowerement: Flamenco as a Female Counterculture in Japan
September 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presenter: Dr Yolanda Van Ede
Chair: Catherine Foley
In the 1980s, flamenco became immensely popular among Japanese women. An explanation of this phenomenon has to deal with more than only an entanglement in globalizing tendencies, but includes local social hierarchies, that is gender relations, and cultural perceptions of sound in relation to femininity, urban environment and notions of modernity.
Dr Yolanda van Ede is senior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam’s anthropology department. After her PhD research on a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in Nepal, she directed her interest in women and oral tradition towards her passion for dance. With years of ballroom dancing and flamenco experience, she first conducted fieldwork in Seville and Tokyo on Japanese women and flamenco, then on the dance halls of Manila. She also published on ritual and performance, the anthropology of the senses, skill and methodology.