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)
  • 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)
  • Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden (2016)
  • Tucson, Arizona, USA (2006)
  • Washington, DC, USA (2000, 2008)
Complete list of Annual Meetings and Conferences

2018 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies


The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies will be held in Bucharest, Romania, September 4 to 8, 2018.

The academic conference will take place September 4 through September 6. September 7 and 8 are devoted to optional excursions.


The meeting is being jointly organised on behalf of the Gypsy Lore Society by the Nicolae Iorga Institute of History of the Romanian Academy and the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest.

Call for Papers

Contributions from various disciplines and perspectives on any aspect of Gypsy / Romani Studies are most welcome, but substantive scholarly papers will be given priority. Papers should be 20 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes allotted for discussion.

Both papers intended for an organized panel and individual papers are welcome. Each conference attendee may submit only one proposal (for an individual paper or paper within a panel).

Individual papers:

Please send your abstract of no more than 250 words and indicate whether this is an open submission, or a submission to a particular panel. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the academic program committee, which includes representatives of the Gypsy Lore Society Board of Directors and local organisers. If your paper is submitted to a panel, the convenors of the particular panel also will review the abstract. Deadline: March 31, 2018.


All submissions:

Please send your abstracts in plain text format (no tables or charts) in the body of an e-mail message (not as an attachment) in English to the academic program committee,, subject line 2018 GLS Annual Meeting and Conference.


All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the academic program committee. Submissions should include the paper title, abstract, subject keywords, author’s name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), address, daytime telephone and e-mail address. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is March 31, 2018 and you will be notified if your paper has been accepted on April 15, 2018.

Academic program committee members are Viorel Achim, Cristina Gudin, Elena Marushiakova, and Sheila Salo.

Please address all conference inquiries to the Program Chair, Viorel Achim, More information about the conference will be published in the coming issues of the Newsletter of the Gypsy Lore Society, on the Gypsy Lore Society website,, and on the websites of the local organisers: and

Organized Panels

Eight organized panels have been accepted. Abstracts of the panels and contact information of the organizers are posted here.

To submit an abstract to a particular organized panel, follow the guidelines above.

Conference venue

The activities of the 2018 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy/Romani Studies will be held at the Faculty of History, in the historical building of the University of Bucharest (Universitate), situated at 4-12 Elisabeta Blvd, in the heart of Bucharest City (Piaţa Universităţii).


Conference registration will open April 15, 2018 and close on July 15, 2018.


The conference banquet will be held in a restaurant located in the City Center. Options for meat, vegetarian, and vegan meals will be available. A folk music band will entertain. Watch for further details in April. Use this form to reserve your place at the banquet.


A reception will be offered by the Bucharest University and the Nicolae Iorga Institute of History. Further details will follow in April.

Excursions and tours

Two excursions will be organized on September 7 and 8 for Gypsy Lore Society Conference participants. Use this form to reserve your place for either Excursion 1 or 2.

Excursion 1

A two day excursion is planned for Friday and Saturday, September 7 and 8, 2018, in Northern Oltenia, 250 km from Bucharest. Several cultural and artistic sites from medieval and modern times will be visited, among them the monastery of Horezu, built between 1690 and 1693 and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On the second day, participants will visit the Bistriţa monastery and will have the opportunity to attend the traditional gathering of the Roma, which takes place each year at the feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin (September 8) near the village of Costeşti. Departure from Bucharest is Friday, September 7, at 9 a.m. and the return is Saturday, September 8, at 8 p.m. The cost of the trip (transportation, accommodation in a hotel, dinner on the first day) is estimated between 80 and 90 Euros, depending on the number of participants and type of room (single or double), and will be communicated more precisely in the coming weeks.

Excursion 2

Friday, September 7, a day trip is organized to Sinaia, a mountain town situated at 130 Km from Bucharest, where several sites will be visited, starting with the Peleş Castle (inaugurated in 1883, which served as the summer residence of the Romanian royal family until 1947). The cost of the trip (minibus) is about 20 Euros. Details will be communicated more precisely in the coming weeks.

Guided tours in Bucharest

Conference participants who stay in Bucharest on Friday, September 7, may opt for one of the guided tours which will be organized in Bucharest. These tours, which will take several hours each, will be guided by a dedicated guide. The list of these tours will be published on the conference website in July 2018. The only expense is the transportation fee, if the group uses the subway or the bus.

Practical information

Getting from Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport to the City Center

The Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport is located 18 kilometers from the City Center. (For Henri Coandă International Airport:

The city center can be reached by bus ( or by taxi (  There are two such buses: number 783 (to the City Center, with the last stops at Universitate and Piaţa Unirii, Unirii Square) and number 780 (to Gara de Nord), north railway station). We recommend you use the taxi, which is faster and relatively inexpensive.

Useful tips at:


In the University area there are dozens of hotels and B&B, with good standards but with a significantly higher rates than in other parts of the city. By special arrangement, a number of hotels situated within walking distance from the conference venue (University of Bucharest, Faculty of History) will offer a limited number of rooms at special rates for conference participants.

Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Old Town (4*)

12 Doamnei St., 030055, Bucharest

Rooms are available at special rates: 95 EUR for Single Queen Room or Twin Room in single regime, and 105 EUR for Double Twin Room, breakfast included. Rooms must be booked by July 31, 2018. For the reservation you will receive an access code upon request.

Hotel Berthelot (4*)

9 Gen. Berthelot, 010167, Bucharest

You can book a single room at 70 EUR and a double room at 75 EUR, breakfast included. Reservation at, with the reservation code “NIORGA.”

Hotel Capitol (4*)

29 Calea Victoriei, 010061, Bucharest

Until May 31, 2018, reservations can be made at preferential rates: twin rooms from 75 EUR and apartments from 115 EUR, breakfast included. Individual booking requests are to be sent to, subject “2018 Conference of the Gypsy Lore Society.”

Bucur Accommodation Hotel Bucharest (3*)

14 Ion Campineanu, 010036, Bucharest

Rooms and suites can be booked at special rates: Standard King 57 EUR, Superior Double 63 EUR, Junior Suite 60 EUR, Superior Suite 72 EUR, without breakfast. Reservations at, until May 31, 2018.

Other hotels with special rates for conference participants:

Hotel Minerva (4*)

2-4 Gheorghe Manu, 010445, Bucharest, City Center (a hotel located two metro stations from the Universitate station)

Until August 13, 2018, reservations can be made at at 60 EUR for a single room and 70 EUR for a double room, breakfast included.

Hotel Michelangelo (3*)

25 Henry Coandă St., 010667, Bucharest, City Center (a boutique hotel located two metro stations from the Universitate station)

Special rates: 250 RON per night for a single room, and 330 RON per night for a double room, breakfast included. Reservations can be made by phone (+40216500027 or +40721795899) or by email ( Mention that you are participants at the GLS Conference.

Hello Hotels Gara de Nord, Bucureşti (2*)

143 Calea Griviţei, 010708, Bucharest (located near Gara de Nord,  three metro stations from Universitate).

Conference participants have a 15% discount on public rates ( or At the end of April 2018 we will be able to give you an access code for the website, where you can make your reservations.

Ibis Bucureşti Gara de Nord (3*)

143 Calea Griviţei, 010708, Bucharest (located near Gara de Nord,  three metro stations from Universitate).

Ibis Bucureşti Palatul Parlamentului (3*)

82-84 Izvor St., 050564 Bucharest (located near the Parliament Palace, 2 Km from Universitate; traveling from this hotel to the City Center is by taxi).

At these two Ibis hotels the reservation at a preferential rate is made through a booking form, which we can send to those interested.

Public transport

For public transport in Bucharest, see:

Photos from the 2017 Conference

View Mary Humphrey's photographs from the 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies. Credit the photographer if you use the photos.

Conference photos by László Fosztó.

Video of photos by Chryso Pelekani and University of Cyprus students.

Conference photos by Chryso Pelekani and University of Cyprus students.

Photos from the 2016 conference

Photos by Viorel Achim, László Fosztó, and Matt T. Salo.

Photos from the 2015 Conference

View Mary Humphrey's photographs from the 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies.

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,, by July 15, 2017. The letter should indicate your school and program and what other sources of aid are available to you.

The review committee will announce the awards by July 30, 2018.

Future Meetings

Watch this space for updates on coming meetings.

2018    Bucharest, Romania
2019    Reykjavik, Iceland

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.