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

2020 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies


2020 Conference Postponed, 2020 Conference Scheduled

After quite some consideration, taking into account the responses we have gathered from you as well as the possibilities of a hybrid conference format that would combine on-site and on-line meeting for those that cannot come, the organization committee has finally decided to postpone the 2020 Gypsy Lore Society Conference on Romani Studies. 

 

The conference is now scheduled for September 8-10, 2021. The venue remains the same. We hope we will be able to welcome all of you in Prague. 

 

The conference will work with all panels and abstracts accepted for the originally planned conference, unless presenters and conveners decide on changes. We will also open a new call to enable the participation of other researchers interested and the presentation of new research.

 

Thank you very much for all your support and interactions so far. We look forward to continued cooperation during the preparation of GLS 2021. We will keep you informed of all further developments.


Call for Papers

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies is scheduled for September 16–18, 2020 in Prague.

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. In 2020 the conference will be hosted in Prague for the first time and organized together with Charles University.

We invite contributions on any aspect of Romani Studies and encourage participants from various academic disciplines to propose conference papers. Both theoretical studies and empirical contributions, including good fieldwork presentations, are welcomed.

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 paper proposals undergo a peer-review process by the Academic Committee.

Your proposal for a paper should contain:

  • Name(s), email address(es) and affiliation of the author(s)
  • Title of the paper and an abstract of the paper not shorter than 200 words and not longer than 400 words (excluding references).
  • Your proposal should also indicate whether it is an individual paper, or a paper submitted for an open/pre-arranged panel (in this case please indicate also the name of the panel). For the list of accepted open/pre-arranged panels see below.

All paper proposals should be submitted in doc, docx or rtf format to GLS2020Prague@ff.cuni.cz.


The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 7 April 2020. Authors will be notified whether their papers have been accepted by 15 April 2020.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at GLS2020Prague@ff.cuni.cz

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), President of the Gypsy Lore Society
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)

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

Organized Conference Panels

The following panels have been accepted for the 2020 Gypsy Lore Society Conference on Romani Studies

Click on the links for the complete panel abstracts. Panel abstracts in pdf format.

Open panels

Contributions by any researchers interested in the topic are welcome.

Open-panel abstracts.

Anthropology and History in Romani Studies
Conveners: Grégoire Cousin (Verona University, Italy), Vita Zalar (Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia)

Conceptualizing Antigypsyism: Prospects for Theoretical Developments and Empirical Research Opportunities
Convener: Václav Walach (Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, CR)

Contemporary Challenges and Futures of Roma Housing
Conveners:
Ewa Nowicka (Collegium Civitas, Poland), Maciej Witkowski (WSB University, Poland)

Environmental Justice for Roma
Conveners: Jekatyerina Dunajeva (Department of Political Studies, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, B
udapest, Hungary), Joanna Kostka (Department of Social Work, University of Lancaster, UK), Daniel Škobla (Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia), Richard Filčák (Institute for Forecasting, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Ethical Issues in Romani Studies
Conveners: Jan Červenka (Romani Studies Seminar at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, CR), Markéta Hajská (Romani Studies Seminar at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, CR)

Groups Understood as Gypsies with no Romani Heritage: Similarities and Differences
Convener: Anthony Leroyd Howarth (University of Cambridge),
Freya Hope (University of Oxford)

International Romani Literature(s): Approaches to a “New” World Literature
Conveners: Lorely French (Pacific University, USA), Marina Ortrud M. Hertrampf (Regensburg University, Germany), Sofiya Zahova (University of Iceland / University of St Andrews, UK)

Migration and Adaptation to New Environments
Convener: Zdeněk Uherek (
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, CR)

Pal o Roma romanes / Pa Rom romanes (panel in Romani)
Conveners: Markéta Hajská (Romani Studies Seminar at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, CR), Jan Červenka (Romani Studies Seminar at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, CR)

Religion(s) among Roma/Gypsies (churches, religious movements and institutions)
Convener: Tatiana Zachar Podolinská (Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia)

The Role of Social Structure and Culture in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller-Related Health Theory and Research
Conveners: Paul Newton (University of Greenwich, United Kingdom), David Smith (Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom), Daniel La Parra (University of Alicante, Spain)

Roma, Education and Employability of New Generations
Conveners: Olga Magano (Portuguese Open University, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, CIES-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal), Elena Loreni Baciu (West University of Timisoara, Romania)

Roma in the Period between WWI and WWII
Conveners: Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov (School of History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK)

Romani Studies and Post-Colonial or Decolonial Perspectives
Conveners: Aline Miklos (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Aluizio de Azevedo Júnior (Ministry of Health, Brazil), Gabriela Marques Gonçalves (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Incom-UAB, Spain), Luciano Mariz Maia (Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil / Federal Public Ministry, Brazil)

Prearranged panels

Contributions by invited presenters only

Pre-arranged panel abstracts

Antigypsyism in Education
Conveners:
Hristo Kyuchukov (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland), William New (Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA) and Lukasz Kwadrans (University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland)

Future Directions of the Gypsy Lore Society: Scholarship, Activism, Names, Purposes
Convener: Carol Silverman (Anthropology and Folklore, University of Oregon, USA)

Responding to the State: Uncovering Romani Agency in Early Modern and Colonial Atlantic Worlds
Convener: Ann Ostendorf (Gonzaga University, Spokane, USA)

 

Other Information:

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

Detailed information about the accommodation, conference place and conference fees will be released on the Gypsy Lore Society website soon (www.gypsyloresociety.org).

Conference registration will begin June 15, 2020.

Financial Aid

Gypsy Lore Society

Through the generosity of its members, the Gypsy Lore Society will award two stipends of $500 each to eligible Conference 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.

Applicants should send a letter of application to the Gypsy Lore Society treasurer, sheila.salo@gmail.com, by 20 April 2020. 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.

2020    Prague, Czech Republic


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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