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.


The research field of the Gypsy Lore Society has traditionally included many different communities which, regardless of their origins and self-appellations in various languages, have been referred to in English as Gypsies. These communities include the descendants of migrants from the Indian subcontinent which have been considered as falling into three large subdivisions, Dom, Lom, and Rom. The field has also included communities of other origins which practice, or in the past have practiced, a specific type of service nomadism. The breadth of the Society's interests is reflected in the articles published in its journal and papers presented at its conferences.


The goals of the Gypsy Lore Society  include promotion of the study of these communities, their history and cultures worldwide; dissemination of accurate information aimed at increasing understanding of them in their diverse forms; and establishment of closer contacts among scholars studying any aspects of these cultures.


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 established the Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies, a research collection specializing in recent scholarly work on Gypsy, Traveler and related studies, for the benefit of researchers and students. This collection, compiled from 1978 to 2012, is now the Gypsy Lore Society Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies collection within the Special Collections division of the Michigan State University Libraries, https://as.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/2131. Earlier collections of the Gypsy Lore Society, 1888-1974, can be found at the University of Liverpool, https://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/library/sca/gypsyloresociety.




The Latest News

  • 2019 Conference Program and Abstracts Posted The final program of the 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies has been posted. Links to the program, the abstracts, and further information for conference participants are on the Annual Meeting page of this website.
    Posted Jul 12, 2019, 10:01 AM by Sheila Salo
  • 2019 Conference Preliminary Program Posted The preliminary program of the 2019 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies has now been posted on the Annual Meeting pages of the Gypsy Lore Society website.
    Posted Apr 26, 2019, 11:20 AM by Sheila Salo
  • Gypsy Lore Society Out of Print Books Now Available Online on HathiTrust Gypsy Lore Society Out of Print Books Now Available Online on HathiTrustThree volumes in the Gypsy Lore Society Publications Series can now be read online at HathiTrust.Papers from the 4th and 5th Annual Meetings. Joanne Grumet, ed. Publications, no. 2, 1985. Papers from the 6th and 7th Annual Meetings. Joanne Grumet, ed. Publications, no. 3, 1986. Papers from the 8th and 9th Annual Meetings. Cara De Silva, Joanne Grumet, and David J. Nemeth, eds. Publications, no. 4, 1988. You can find them through a search of the HathiTrust digital library,.For your convenience, they have also been grouped in a public collection, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/mb?a=listis&c=1973157298 ...
    Posted Apr 4, 2019, 12:54 PM by Sheila Salo
  • 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference -- Registration now open Conference registration is now open and will close June 14.Please pay your participation fee and register for the conference at http://vigdis.hi.is/en/events/gls-2019/.Your registration is not valid until a payment has been made. Registration and fee payment is done only online by June 14 at latest. Please note that registration/fee payment is not possible on the spot during the conference days.Complete information.
    Posted Mar 29, 2019, 10:38 AM by Sheila Salo
  • 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference on Romani / Gypsy Studies -- Open Panel Abstracts Posted Abstracts of the open panels accepted by the conference program committee have been published on the Annual Meeting pages.Abstracts of papers intended for any of these panels as well as individual papers should be submitted by 28 February 2019.
    Posted Feb 2, 2019, 10:40 AM by Sheila Salo
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