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Visions of Roma emancipation: 1971-2021

Opre Roma!
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 3:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the First World Romani Congress, the Roma Students Association of Central European University in collaboration with the Romani Studies Program at CEU reflects on its legacy and relevance for present day struggles for recognition and equality.

 3.00pm: Welcome by Angela Kocze, Chair of the Romani Studies Program; Nadja Greku (Student of International Relations at CEU) on behalf of the CEU Roma Students Association; Francesca Nicolodi ( Student at Bard College Berlin)

3.05pm - 3.15pm: Short videos on the symbols of Roma nation: name, flag, anthem - produced by CEU students. 

3.15pm - 4.00pm: Screening of conversation with Grattan Puxon. Romani students at CEU conducted an in-depth interview with one of the key organizers of the First World Romani Congress.

4.00pm -5.00pm: Roundtable discussion on Romani history, self-determination and the use of digital technologies

- Discussion questions: What are the challenges of writing Roma history? What is the role of oral history? What are the potentials and limitations of digital technologies to preserve Romani collective memories?

Invited speakers: 

Agnes Daroczi, Director of Romano Instituto Foundation; 

Ioanida Costache, PhD Candidate at Stanford University and the Yetta and Jacob Gelman Fellow, Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, 2020-2021; 

Adrian-Nicolae Furtuna, Quality of Life Research Institute, Romanian Academy;

Jeremy Adelman, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University 


Yuri Rudnev, Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Studies at Central European University

5pm: Launching an online platform to collect personal testimonies and artworks by Klaudia Veizaj (Cultural Heritage student at Central European University)



The webinar is part of a 3-days-long event The Social, Cultural, and Political Legacy of the 1971 World Roma Congress, held 4-7 April 2021, organized  by the Roma Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University (Boston); the Romani Studies Program, Central European University (Budapest/ Vienna); and the Department of Romani Studies, Södertörn University (Stockholm). See the full program at .

Promotional Video