Annual Meeting

The Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy Studies

Gypsy Lore Society meetings are held on an annual basis and are rotated among different US cities and other countries. Meetings typically include presentations of recent research, discussion sessions, exhibits and films. Gypsy Lore Society members receive discounts on meeting registration fees.

Recent conferences have been held at

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (2003)
  • Bratislava, Slovakia (2014)
  • Bucharest, Romania (2018)
  • Budapest, Hungary (2002)
  • Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chișinău, Moldova (2015)
  • Florence, Italy (1999)
  • Glasgow, Scotland (2013)
  • Universidad de Granada, Spain (2005)
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (2010)
  • Graz, Austria (2011)
  • Istanbul, Turkey (2012)
  • University of Helsinki, Finland (2009)
  • University of Manchester, England (2007)
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, England (2004)
  • University of Cyprus, Nicosia (2017)
  • University of Iceland, Reykjavik (2019)
  • Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden (2016)
  • Tucson, Arizona, USA (2006)
  • Washington, DC, USA (2000, 2008)
Complete list of Annual Meetings and Conferences

2021 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies

Call for Papers

Gypsy Lore Society conferences are among the most significant annual scholarly events devoted to Romani Studies worldwide. Each year the event is located in a different place, and is organized by the Gypsy Lore Society in cooperation with local academic institutions.

The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies is scheduled for 8–11 September 2021 and will be held in Prague.

The 2020 Conference planned for Prague and organized together with Charles University had to be postponed due to covid-19 pandemic. We are happy to announce that the location and organizers will stay the same for the 2021 Conference. Taking into account last year‘s experience, the event will be organized as a hybrid conference in order to allow all contributors to participate either in person, if possible, or on-line. Any necessary changes to the conference arrangements will be announced on this website.

We invite contributions on any aspect of Romani Studies and encourage participants from various academic disciplines to propose conference papers. The proposed papers also may reflect the topics and problems covered by open panels organized for the 2020 conference (see the list below). We will not accept new open panel submissions, but new pre-arranged panel proposals can be submitted. Both theoretical studies and empirical contributions, including good fieldwork presentations, are welcome. We also welcome contributions that reflect on latest developments and effects of the covid-19 pandemic in different Romani communities and Roma-related fields.

The deadline for submission of paper abstracts and prearranged panel proposals is 7 March 2021. Authors will be notified whether their proposals have been accepted by 31 March 2021.

Papers and panels already accepted for the 2020 conference do not have to be resubmitted again. We ask all authors and panel convenors only to confirm their participation in the 2021 conference with their contribution as it was accepted for the 2020 event. Please let us know as soon as possible but no later than 7 March 2021. Papers and panels not confirmed by this date will be cancelled. In case you´d like to present a different paper, just submit a new proposal by the deadline indicated.

Each conference attendee may submit only one individual paper proposal and one co-authored paper proposal. Papers should be planned to last 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes allotted for discussion. All new papers and prearranged panel proposals will undergo peer review by the Academic Committee.

Individual paper proposals should include:

  • Name(s), email address(es) and affiliation of the author(s)
  • Title of the paper and abstract of the paper, not shorter than 200 words and not longer than 400 words (excluding references)
  • Indication whether the paper is proposed as an individual paper, or as a contribution to  a particular open panel (see the list of accepted open panels below).

Prearranged panel proposals should contain:

  • Name(s), email address(es) and affiliation of the convenor(s) and participants
  • Title and abstract of the panel (300-500 words)
  • Titles of included papers and their abstracts (not shorter than 200 words and not longer than 400 words, excluding references).

All proposals should be submitted in doc, docx or rtf format to:

Please note that in order to prepare the conference for any possible change at the last moment and eliminate technical complications, all presentations must be prepared in advance and sent to the organizers by 20 August 2021 (including those by participants who decide to present in person as well as those planning to present on-line). We accept presentations prepared as word documents, powerpoints or other presentation formats. For on-line presentations we especially welcome and encourage participants to submit pre-prepared presentations with recorded voice or other video formats that can be played at the conference with the author joining only for the following discussion.  Participants will receive further detailed instructions on the preparation and upload of their presentations after the announcement of accepted contributions.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Important dates:

Deadline for submission of papers and pre-arranged panel proposals: 7 March 2021. 

Deadline for the confirmation of contributions accepted for 2020 GLS Conference: 7 March 2021 (we will be grateful for all earlier confirmations). 

Notification of acceptance of new proposals by the Academic Committee: 31 March 2021.

Conference fee payment will open on 1 April 2020:

Early-bird payment: 100 €, GLS members 80€  (1 April – 15 May 2021)
Regular payment: 120 €, GLS members 100 € (16 May 2021 – 15 August 2021)

Please note that on-site payments will not be accepted.

The conference fee is calculated to cover especially the costs of the necessary IT support to enable the organization of the hybrid format of the conference. Additional costs covering specific support to enable on-line presentations and covering the needs of in-person participants amount to roughly the same. Furthemore we expect that participants may have to change their decisions regarding on-line or on-site attendance at the last moment due to changes in pandemic regulations. For these reasons the conference fee does not distinguish between on-line and on-site attendance. Costs related to possible on-site programs the extent of which will be dependent on current Czech regulations will be covered separately by those who decide to atttend.

Stipends to cover conference fees may be available to PhD students, early-career scholars, and retirees whose conference papers have been accepted for. Send inquiries to

Through the generosity of its members, the Gypsy Lore Society awards two stipends of $500 each to eligible Conference participants enrolled in a PhD program or those up to three years past completion of their PhD requirements. Find details below.

Join the Gypsy Lore Society. New members will pay the GLS members’ fee for the conference.

Membership is $40 per year and includes subscription to the journal Romani Studies and the Newsletter of the Gypsy Lore Society.

Venue of the conference:
Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague (Palachovo náměstí 2, Praha 1)

Accommodation of participants attending in person will have to be organized individually. A limited number of pre-booked rooms in University facilities will be offered. Watch this website for hotel recommendations and travel information.

Social events and a day-trip outside Prague for participants attending the conference in person will be organized only if conditions and regulations related to the current epidemiological situation will allow. We are happy to announce that the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno is our partner for the organization of the planned excursion.   

Academic Committee:

Michael Beníšek, Assistant Professor, Romani Studies Seminar at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Czech Republic)

Pavel Kubaník, Assistant Professor, Romani Studies Seminar at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Czech Republic)

Elena Marushiakova Popova, Professor of History, University of St Andrews (Scotland)
Helena Sadílková, Assistant Professor, Head of the Romani Studies Seminar at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Czech Republic)
Zdeněk Uherek, Associated Professor of Ethnology, Director of the Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (Czech Republic)
Tatiana Zachar Podolinská, Doctor of the science of religions, Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia), President of the Gypsy Lore Society

Conference Organizing Committee:

Pavel Kubaník, Charles University
Helena Sadílková, Charles University
Sheila Salo, Treasurer of the Gypsy Lore Society
Zdeněk Uherek, Charles University

Approved Panels

List of approved open panels

The panels are open for contributions by any researchers interested in the topics indicated.

Detailed description of the panels. Panel abstracts in pdf.

Anthropology and History in Romani Studies
Conceptualizing Antigypsyism: Prospects for Theoretical Developments and Empirical Research Opportunities
Contemporary Challenges and Futures of Roma Housing

Environmental Justice for Roma
Groups Understood as Gypsies with no Romani Heritage: Similarities and Differences
International Romani Literature(s): Approaches to a “New” World Literature
Migration and Adaptation to New Environments
Pal o Roma romanes / Pa Rom romanes (Panel in Romani)
Religion(s) among Roma/Gypsies (churches, religious movements and institutions)
Roma, Education and Employability of New Generations

Roma in the Period between WWI and WWII

List of approved pre-arranged panels

The panels are closed and only include contributions by invited presenters.  Panel abstracts as above.

Antigypsyism in Education
Future Directions of the Gypsy Lore Society: Scholarship, Activism, Names, Purposes
Responding to the State: Uncovering Romani Agency in Early Modern and Colonial Atlantic Worlds

Other Information:

Do you need a visa to travel to the Czech Republic? The basic information is available here.

Financial Aid

Gypsy Lore Society

Through the generosity of its members, the Gypsy Lore Society will award two stipends of $500 each to eligible in-person participants or eight awards of the conference fee to remote participants.

Applicants should currently be enrolled in a PhD program or those up to three years past completion of their PhD  requirements.

Their conference papers should be accepted.

They should not have received aid for meeting attendance from another source.

Gypsy Lore Society members will receive priority.

Applicants should send a letter of application to the Gypsy Lore Society treasurer,, by 20 April 2021. The letter should indicate your school and program and what other sources of aid are available to you.

Future Meetings

Watch this space for updates on coming meetings.

Aid to Early-Career Scholars

A fund to aid early-career scholars to attend future meetings has been established. You may contribute to the fund here.

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