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The challenges and pitfalls of Roma inclusion policies

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Launch event of the Critical Romani Studies Discussion Series


The Romani Studies Program at Central European University is pleased to invite you to a series of roundtable discussions to promote critical approaches to analyze the situation of Roma. Roma have been an object of academic and policy inquiry for centuries; however, until recently, due to structural discrimination, few Romani people have been allowed to shape the discourses on themselves. The establishment of the Romani Studies Program at CEU represents a turning point in this academic environment by applying a broader definition of scholarship and knowledge production and involving activist-scholars.

In the framework of the discussion series, past and present fellows of CEU’s Romani Studies Program present and discuss their pioneering work on the oppression, resistance and emancipation of Romani people. These discussions propose inquiries into the forms of racialization of Roma and the mechanisms and impact of racism and structural discrimination on Roma and Romani identity.

All sessions are open to the public either in person in Budapest or through online streaming at


Time: 20 November 16.30-18.00

Venue: Central European University, Nador utca 15, Auditorium A

Registration by 18 November:

Iulius Rostas (Central European University) presenting key ideas from his recent book A Task for Sisyphus: Why Europe's Roma Policies Fail

Joanna Kostka (Lancaster University) presenting key ideas from her recent book Financing Roma Inclusion with European Structural Funds: Why Good Intentions Fail

Silvia Cittadini (Central European University) presenting her doctoral research on housing policies targeting Roma

Discussant: Angela Kocze (Central European University)

  • Why do Roma inclusion policies fail at European, national, and local levels?
  • What policies have been successful in providing tangible social rights for citizens of Romani origin?
  • How could Romani citizens and organizations substantively participate in policies affecting their own lives?


Upcoming discussions

  • Histories of exclusion, genocide and resistance (9 January 16.30-18.00)
  • Identity politics: political mobilization and emancipation (23 January 16.30-18.00)
  • Resistance and resilience: Romani women and LGBTQ persons (6 February 16.30-18.00)
  • Alienation through representation (TBD)