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

2019 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies


Veröld – House of Vigdís, University of Iceland

15-17 August, 2019

Deadline for open panel proposals: 15 January 2019 

Deadline for paper proposals and pre-arranged panel proposals: 28 February 2019


About the conference

The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies will be held at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, August 15 to 17, 2019.

The conference is being organised on behalf of the Gypsy Lore Society by the School of Humanities and Faculty of Sociology, Anthropology and Folkloristics at the University of Iceland, and is hosted by the Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding.

Gypsy Lore Society conferences are the biggest annual scholarly events devoted to Romani Studies worldwide (see information about previous annual meeting above. We invite contributions on any aspect of Gypsy / Romani Studies and encourage participants from various disciplines, including history, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, political science, linguistics, international studies, security studies, area studies, economics, geography, literature, and other fields of humanities and social sciences. Panels and papers presenting interdisciplinary research, as well as synergies between academic research and practice are also welcome.

This year we would like to follow up on the need to initiate broad discussions on disciplinary approaches and terminology in Romani Studies as well as to take advantage of Iceland´s geographical location (Scandinavian region, between two continents). Thus, along with all other above mentioned topics we encourage also submissions of panel and individual paper proposals dealing with and reflecting on the following topics:

  • Perspectives in Romani Studies: Terminology, methods, areas of studies;
  • Antigypsyism: Historical and contemporary aspects;
  • Roma/Gypsies outside Europe (Asia, Africa, the Americas): Communities, identities and contemporary debates in academia;
  • Roma and Romani Studies in the Nordic context;
  • Children and young adults´ education: Academic, practical and policy aspects.

We look forward to welcoming you in Reykjavík in August 2019!

Academic Committee

Auður Hauksdóttir, Professor of Danish, University of Iceland

Elena Marushiakova, Professor of History, University of St Andrews

Guðmundur Hálfdánarson, Professor of History, University of Iceland

Marco Solimene, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Iceland

Marcos Toyansk, Senior researcher, SESC / University of São Paulo

Viorel Achim, Senior researcher, Nicolae Iorga Institute of History, Romanian Academy of Sciences

Conference Organizing Committee

Birna Bjarnadóttir, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages

Þórir Jónsson Hraundal, Lecturer, University of Iceland

Sheila Salo, Treasurer of the Gypsy Lore Society

Sofiya Zahova, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages

Valgerður Jónasdóttir, Event manager, Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding

Call for papers and panel proposals

Proposals for individual papers, open panels and pre-arranged panels are welcome. Panel organizers can submit only one panel proposal. A speaker may propose only one paper (for an individual paper or paper within a panel) as author or co-author. Papers should be 20 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes allotted for discussion. Panels and individual paper proposals undergo a peer-review process by the Academic Committee.

Open panel proposals

Open panel proposals should be submitted in doc, docx or rtf format to 2019gls@gmail.com by 15 January 2019. Your proposal should indicate:

Title of the panel; 

Panel organizer(s): Name, institutional affiliation and contact information; 

Abstract of the panel content and purpose (max. 500 words);

Approved panel organizers will be notified by the end of January 2019.

Pre-arranged panel proposals

Pre-arranged panel proposals should be submitted in doc, docx or rtf format to 2019gls@gmail.com by 28 February 2019. Your proposal should indicate:

Title of the panel; 

Panel organizer(s): Name, institutional affiliation and contact information; 

Abstract of the panel content and purpose (max. 500 words);

Format of the panel: One session or more sessions;

Speakers and titles of their papers. Note that all panel speakers should individually submit paper proposal abstracts indicating the name of the pre-arranged panel in which they participate. 

Paper proposals

Individual paper proposals should be submitted in doc, docx or rtf format to 2019gls@gmail.com by 28 February 2019.  Your proposal should indicate:

Is your proposal individual or part of a panel, and in the latter case title of the panel; 

Speaker(s): Name(s), institutional affiliation and contact information;   

Abstract of the paper (max. 250 words excluding references).

Other information to be included in your submission email  

Please indicate in the body of your email message if you:

Need a visa to travel to Iceland. (See list of countries that need a visa to travel to Iceland here.)

Plan to apply for support of your conference participation as an early career researcher from  an underprivileged country.

Important dates

15 January 2019: Open panel proposal submissions

End of January 2019: Notification of approved open panel submissions

28 February 2019: Individual abstract submissions and pre-arranged panels submissions

End of March 2019: Notification to approved paper submissions

20 April 2019: Application for conference participation support for early career researchers from underprivileged countries

30 May 2019: Payment of registration fee

June: Preliminary programme

31 July 2019: Final program and abstracts posted

15-17 August 2019: Conference dates

 

Fees and registration

Registration will open 1 April 2019 and close 30 May 2019.

Register by paying the participation fee. Your registration is not valid until a payment has been made.

The conference fee includes conference organization, conference materials, coffee-breaks and a reception. Accommodation, transport from/to airport and/or hotels and conference dinner are not included.

Reduced fees apply to students, Gypsy Lore Society members and University of Iceland employees.

An Icelandic menu dinner will be organized in the banquet hall of Iðnó, one of the old historical buildings of Reykjavík city (https://idnorvk.is/) on August 16. If you wish to join the dinner you should pay for your dinner while paying and registering for the conference.   

Fee

Reduced 21,000 ISK                     

Standard 28,000 ISK                     

Reduced with dinner 28,600 ISK      

Standard with dinner 35,600 ISK     

For details of membership see here. You should have paid membership for 2019 in order to be eligible for the reduced fee as a Gypsy Lore Society member. If you are joining now, you membership will be effective immediately.

Renew your membership or join as a new member here:

http://www.gypsyloresociety.org/membership-information

You may check your membership status by writing to the Gypsy Lore Society treasurer, sheila.salo@gmail.com.

Support for early career researchers

Recognizing the fact that costs for conference participation in Iceland might be an obstacle for early career researcher from underprivileged countries, we are currently raising funds to support the participation of such researchers by securing shared accommodation in a double room in the Student Hostel Gamli Garður for the days of the conference and by covering their conference participation fee. Support for travel costs and per diem, however, cannot be provided.   

If you are a young career researcher who would like to apply for such support you should indicate this in your abstract submission email. If your abstract is approved, you will receive an application form which you will be asked to fill in by 20 April 2019.

As we are not able to provide support for travel to Iceland, you may consider applying to the Gypsy Lore Society Fund for aid to early-career scholars to attend future meetings. See information below.

Practical information

Venue

The conference will be held at Veröld – hús Vigdísar, Brynjólfsgata 1 (corner with Suðurgata), 107 Reykjavík.

The venue is within walking distance from many hotels and accommodation options in downtown and west Reykjavík.

The closest bus-stops are Háskólabíó, Hótel Saga, Háskóli Íslands or Hagatorg.

Plenty of free parking spaces are at the venue. 

 

Accommodation

Tourism in Iceland has grown immensely and moderately-priced lodging is quick to fill up. We encourage conference participants to book accommodation as early as possible to avoid high prices and limited availability. Websites such as Booking.com and Airbnb.com will provide information about a range of accommodation possibilities. For more information about hotels and other types of lodging in Reykjavik, see here.

We have pre-booked 25 rooms for conference participants for 4 nights (14-18 August 2019) in the Student Hostel GamliGarður, a couple of minutes’ walk from the conference venue. The rooms are with shared bathroom and fully equipped kitchen at each floor. A room costs around 11,000 ISK (80 Euro) per night (note that the price can change slightly due to the currency exchange rate or due to changes in the hostel rooms price list). Rooms are suitable for both double and single use at the same price. Please note that there is WiFi internet access only in the common areas (which are wonderfully arranged and very cosy). Tea and coffee is also served at the common areas for free. 

If you´d like to book a room at the Student Hostel please first have a look at the website of the hostel which provides details and pictures. If you would like to share the room with someone, you have to arrange this on your own in advance as the hostel management cannot organize that for you. 

If you wish to book contact the hostel manager, Vala at info@studenthostel.is, referring to Gypsy Lore Society 2019 conference booking when you book. The booking is done on “first come first served” basis. Prepayment is not needed, but in case you are not able to attend please notify Vala as soon as possible, but not later than a week prior to the check in date. Vala will also answer all your questions regarding the accommodation facilities.   

Travel

Keflavík International Airport (KEF), the main airport in Iceland, is located 40 kilometres from Reykjavík, the capital city. Over 20 airlines offer flights to and from Iceland through the airport. For information about flights to Iceland, see here.

Transportation to Reykjavík from the airport is available by bus, Flybus or taxi, see here

The only public transportation in Reykjavík is the bus system, Stræto. See their website for information about fares, timetable, and a route planner, here.

The two main taxi companies in Reykjavík are Hreyfill, tel. +354 588 55 22 see here and Taxi BSR, tel. +354- 56 10000, see here (only in Icelandic) When calling for a taxi you can expect it to arrive within 10 minutes.

For a map of the University of Iceland see here.

WiFi

Internet access will be provided at the conference venue through WIFI connection. Those who have Eduroam will be able to access the internet through the Eduroam system at the University premises.  

Money

The official currency in Iceland is ISK (Icelandic krona). Recognised credit/debit cards are accepted in all restaurants, shops, hotels and cash machines. For the official exchange rate of ISK towards major currencies, see here.

Contact

For enquiries in relation to the conference, please contact Sofiya Zahova, conference coordinator, at zahova@hi.is.



Photos from the 2018 Conference

View Mary Humphrey's photographs from the 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies. Credit the photographer if you use the photos.

Conference photos contributed by Harry Bryer and Matt T. Salo


Photos of Bucharest City and the excursion to Horezu and Costeşti contributed by Harry Bryer, Lena Israel, Airi Markkanen, and Matt T Salo.


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, sheila.salo@gmail.com, by 20 April 2019. 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.

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.