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Critical Approaches to Romani Studies

Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 9:00 am – Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:30 pm

The Romani Studies Program at Central European University cordially invites you to the conference

Critical Approaches to Romani StudiesMay 15-17, 2019Central European University, Budapest,Nador utca 15,  Auditorium A and  Room 103

Please register online by the 10th of May at

Roma have been an object of academic inquiry for centuries. In spite of the increasing number of articles, studies, and books, especially since the collapse of communism, Roma participation in shaping the discourses on themselves has remained very limited. In the name of scientism and objectivity, Roma have been de facto excluded from knowledge production.

Recently, there is an increasing number of Roma and non-Roma researchers and academics using critical theories and methods in their work on and with Roma. They are proposing a paradigm shift in Romani Studies to challenge the dominant academic and policy discourses. They propose inquiries into the forms of oppression Roma are facing, the importance of racism and structural discrimination for Roma and Romani identity. The conference brings together junior and senior, Roma and non-Roma scholars embracing critical approaches from more than a dozen countries and more than twenty universities.

Selected papers will be published in the new journal Critical Romani Studies. The first two issues are available at

Selected papers will be published in the new journal Critical Romani Studies

The first two issues are available at

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 The Roma in European Societies initiative has been launched in 2016 as the first of its kind in higher education a new interdisciplinary effort to support existing work to improve the situation of Roma in all sectors at local, national, and regional levels through teaching and research, leadership development and community outreach funded by a consortium of grant makers the VELUX FoundationsOpen Society Foundations’ Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) and the Roma Education Fund (REF).Cover: "Three Graces” by Małgorzata Mirga-Tas (2017). Image courtesy of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas