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Exploring Racial Capitalism: Critical Romani Studies in Central and Eastern Europe

Exploring Racial Capitalism: Critical Romani Studies in Central and Eastern Europe
Thursday, October 19, 2023, 12:00 pm โ€“ Saturday, October 21, 2023, 2:00 pm

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: 'Exploring Racial Capitalism: Critical Romani Studies in Central and Eastern Europe' is the closing conference of the research project โ€˜Precarious labor and peripheral housing. The socio-economic practices of Romanian Roma in the context of changing industrial relations and uneven territorial developmentโ€™ conducted at Babeศ™-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, between 2020-2023. Embracing PRECWORKโ€™s approach, the conference opens up a dialogue about the condition of impoverished Roma in the field of housing, labor and migration, viewed in the wider political economy context that affected them through deindustrialization, uneven development and racialization processes. This event has invited distinguished scholars to present their findings on these themes and foster alliances between Roma and non-Roma researchers to understand racial capitalism from an East European perspective. We are convinced that Critical Romani Studies could and should have a contribution to the international investigation of racial capitalism.

๐—ž๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€:
Angรฉla Kรณczรฉ (CEU)
Bรฉla Greskovits (CEU)
Don Kalb (University of Bergen)
Aleksandra Lewicki (University of Sussex)

Simona Barbu (Policy Officer with FEANTSA)/ Jรณzsef Bรถrรถcz (Rutgers University)/ Barbora Cernusakova (Goldsmiths University of London)/ Ismael Cortes (Independent Researcher. Former MP in the Spanish Congress of Deputies)/ Irina Culic (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)/ Neda Deneva (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)/ Hestia Delibas (Centro de Estudos Sociais, University of Coimbra) / Maria Dumitru (MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society in Oslo)/ Cayetano Fernรกndez (Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra, Portugal) / Ioana Florea (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)/ Carmen Gheorghe (E-Romnja. Association for Promoting Roma Women's Rights)/ Sorin Gog (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)/ Bรฉla Greskovits (Central European University)/ Jan Grill (Universidad del Valle, Colombia)/ Rafael Buhigas Jimรฉnez (Universidad Autรณnoma de Madrid, Spain)/ Don Kalb (University of Bergen)/ Angรฉla Kรณcze (Central European University)/ Aleksandra Lewicki (University of Sussex)/ Jonathan McComb (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)/ Manuel Mireanu (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)/ Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka (European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture)/ Raluca Perneศ™ (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)/ Gergล‘ Pulay (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest)/ Prem Kumar Rajaram (Central European University)/ Andrew Ryder (Institute of Political and International Studies, Eรถtvรถs Lorรกnd University Budapest)/ Jelena Savic (Center for Gender Research at Uppsala University, Sweden)/ Gรกbor Scheiring (Georgetown University Qatar)/ Dana Solonean (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)/ Marius Taba (Independent Researcher)/ Nidhi Trehan (CEU &Institute of Social Sciences in New Delhi)/ Gabriel Troc (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)/ Virรกg Tรผnde (Hungarian Academy of Science, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Budapest) / Corina Tulbure (GRECS, University of Barcelona)/ Nikola Venkov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)/ Eniko Vincze (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)/ George Zamfir (Babeศ™-Bolyai University)

๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ:
Angรฉla Kรณcze (Central European University), Mรกrton Rรถvid (Central European University), Enikล‘ Vincze (Babeศ™-Bolyai University), Sorin Gog (Babeศ™-Bolyai University), Macrina Moldovan (Babeศ™-Bolyai University), Esther Holbrook (Central European University)

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: The conference is organized in the frame of the research project โ€˜Precarious labor and peripheral housing. The socio-economic practices of Romanian Roma in the context of changing industrial relations and uneven territorial developmentโ€™ conducted at Babeศ™-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania in collaboration with The Romani Studies Program from CEU and the international journal Critical Romani Studies.

๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ is an international, interdisciplinary, double blind peer-reviewed journal providing a forum for activist-scholars to critically examine racial oppressions, different forms of exclusion, inequalities, and human rights abuses of Roma. Without compromising academic standards of evidence collection and analysis, the Journal seeks to create a platform to critically engage with academic knowledge production, and generate critical academic and policy knowledge targetingโ€”amongst othersโ€”scholars, activists, and policymakers. Scholarly expertise is a tool, rather than the end, for critical analysis of social phenomena affecting Roma, contributing to the fight for social justice. The Journal especially welcomes the cross-fertilization of Romani studies with the fields of critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, critical policy studies, diaspora studies, colonial studies, postcolonial studies, and studies of decolonization.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ is an independent academic unit of Central European University since 2017. The Romani Studies Program (RSP) aims to engage scholars, policy makers, and activists in interdisciplinary knowledge production and debate on Roma identity and movement; antigypsyism; social justice and policy making; gender politics; and structural inequality. RSP encompasses the Roma Graduate Preparation Program and the Advanced Certificate in Romani Studies. RSP offers courses for MA and PhD students of CEU and summer courses for graduate students and activists scholars from all over the world. RSP organizes annual academic conferences promoting critical approaches to Romani Studies and publishes Critical Romani Studies an international, interdisciplinary, double blind peer-reviewed open access journal. RSP supports internships and offers various fellowship primarily targeting Romani students and scholars.

The research project โ€˜๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ผ-๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜โ€™ provides a comprehensive understanding of the living and working conditions of Romanian Roma faced by changing industrial relations and uneven development. We address responses to social marginalization, which is subjecting people both materially and symbolically at the intersection of precarious labor, peripheral housing and migration. Our case study is located in Baia Mare, the administrative and industrial center of MaramureลŸ region. Based on this analysis, we are looking for the establishment of new connections, partnerships and solidarities between local actors at multiple levels dedicated to the empowerment of dispossessed Roma. This project is financed by the Research Program associated with Norway Grants 2014-2021 and administrated by UEFISCDI. The project is hosted by Babeศ™-Bolyai University and is implemented by a multidisciplinary and trans-national team. Contract 22 from 01/11/2020 (RO-NO-2019-0496).

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๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: The conference is taking place online and participation is free of charge, but it requires registration. After registering for the event you will receive details about the conference program and the Zoom links. You can register here:ย

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