The Gypsy Lore Society, an international association of persons interested in Gypsy and Traveler Studies, was founded in Great Britain in 1888. Since 1989 it has been headquartered in the United States. Its goals include promotion of the study of Gypsy, Traveler, and analogous peripatetic cultures worldwide; dissemination of accurate information aimed at increasing understanding of these cultures in their diverse forms; and establishment of closer contacts among scholars studying any aspects of these cultures.

These Gypsy and Traveler cultures include those traditionally known, or referring to themselves as Rom, Romanichels, Cale, Sinti, Ludar, Romungre, Irish Travelers, Scottish Travelers and many others. The Society sponsors programs and conferences and publishes the twice-yearly Romani Studies (continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society), a quarterly Newsletter and other occasional publications. The Society has also established the Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies, specializing in recent scholarly work on Gypsy, Traveler and related studies, for the benefit of researchers and students.

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  • Two Win Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholars’ Prize in Romani Studies The screening committee of the Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholar’s Prize in Romani Studies has announced two winners of the prize for 2014. The winners are John Emrys Morgan for the paper “‘Counterfeit Egyptians’: The Construction and Implementation of a Criminal Identity” and Štěpán Ripka for “‘Do You Want to Have Fellowship With Us?’ Kinship and Conversions of Roma to Charismatic Christianity.” John Emrys Morgan is a PhD Candidate at the Department of History, University of Warwick. His interests are in the field of early modern social, cultural and environmental history, specifically in early modern identities and early modern water politics. Štěpán Ripka received his PhD in 2014 from the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague with ...
    Posted Feb 27, 2015, 6:52 AM by Sheila Salo
  • 2015 Annual Meeting -- Open panels approved Open panelsFive open panels have been approved by the Organizing Committee.Цыганский язык и культура в странах бывшего СССР (Romani Language and Culture in Post-Soviet States)The process, practice, theory and implication of stereotyping and pathologising Gypsy, Traveller and Roma(ni) peoples within the security and justice systems.Group Boundary-Making: Dynamics of Categorization, Belonging, Inclusion, and Exclusion of Roma/Gypsies.Recovering unwritten histories of the Roma Holocaust: the deportation of Romanian Roma to Transnistria 1942-44.The politics of reproduction and Roma in Eastern Europe’s 20th Century.Abstracts of these panels and further instructions for submitting papers for presentation within a particular panel will be found here.
    Posted Feb 10, 2015, 8:45 AM by Sheila Salo
  • Romani Studies Preview for December 2014 Volume 24, Number 2 / 2014 of Romani Studies is now available on the website at issue contains: Brazilian Gypsiology A view from anthropologyp. 111Florencia Ferrari, Martin Fotta From social stigma to the ultimate genre: the Romani dance of Turkeyp. 137Gonca Girgin-Tohumcu ‘Demonising discourse’: The Traveller Community's struggle against the elite voice of RTÉp. 165Sharon Leahy  Gypsies and sixteenth-century Irelandp. 203Gerald Power  Obituaryp. 211Yaron Matras  Reviewsp. 213Marco Solimene, Nihat Argun Çakir, Victor A. Friedman  Index to Volume 24p. 233
    Posted Nov 11, 2014, 7:07 AM by Sheila Salo
  • 2014 Conference Proceedings As you know, authors are encouraged to submit the full versions of their papers to Romani Studies; information on how to submit manuscripts is at For those who prefer to make the presentation versions available quickly, we will publish electronic proceedings on the Gypsy Lore Society web site. You may submit the narrative version of your presentation (in pdf format), the PowerPoint, or both. Please submit only the paper you presented at the conference. Though they will not be peer-reviewed, submissions are expected to be of professional quality. All will be marked as drafts; you may use draft watermarks.The submission should begin with your abstract as published in the book of abstracts. The ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2014, 10:27 AM by Sheila Salo
  • 2015 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference: Call for Papers The 2015 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy Studies will be held in Chișinău, Moldova, September 10-12, 2015. The call for papers has now been published.
    Posted Oct 19, 2014, 10:50 AM by Sheila Salo
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