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

2017 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies will be held August 30 through September 1, 2017 at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, on its New Campus.

Call for Papers

Contributions from various disciplines and perspectives on any aspect of Gypsy 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.

Organized Panels

Three organized panels have been approved by the Program Committee, one a pre-arranged panel, and the others, open panels. Click on "organized panels" for the panel abstracts and details.

Proposals for individual papers, and poster presentations are welcome.

Poster presentations:

The conference provides facilities for poster presentations. Posters will be displayed during the duration of conference. Depending on the number of submissions accepted, a few poster-presentation sessions are planned as “guided tours.” Posters must present research projects and results. Posters should meet academic standards in both content and form. The presentation of the poster should not exceed 5 minutes. Please send your proposal for a poster section of no more than 100 words before 31 March 2017.


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 organizing committee. If your paper is submitted to a panel, the convenors of the particular panel also will review the abstract. Deadline: 31 March 2017.

All submissions:

Please send your proposals of panels, contributions and posters in plain text format (no tables or charts) in the body of an e-mail message (not as an attachment) in English to the Program Committee,, subject line 2017 GLS Annual Meeting and Conference.

Each approved participant will be entitled to have only one presentation.

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 31 March 2017 and you will be notified if your paper has been accepted by 30 April 2017.

Academic program committee members are Viorel Achim, Elena Marushiakova, Tatiana Podolinska, and Sheila Salo.


Please register for the conference using the registration form.

There are two steps to registration.

  • Fill in and submit the form.

  • Pay your conference and banquet fees.

Please register by July 15, 2017.

Conference fees

€ 40 ($42) for members of the Gypsy Lore Society

€ 50 ($53) for non-members


The conference banquet will be held August 31st at a traditional Cypriot taverna, with a full Cypriot meze menu and including one alcoholic drink and one non-alcoholic drink. A traditional Cypriot dance group, the Alexandra Traditional Dancing Workshop, will entertain and teach.

The banquet fee is only € 13 ($14), thanks to the generous support of the University of Cyprus.

You may pay your banquet fee along with your conference fees, using the registration form.

The deadline for banquet booking is also July 15, 2017.


An excursion is planned for Saturday, September 2. Please mark the registration form to reserve your place.


On August 30, 2017, at 20:00, the Mayor of Nicosia will host the participants at the Municipality at the Nicosia city center.

General information and maps

The weather in Cyprus during August and early September is sunny and  hot, but cools down at night. Plan to wear light clothing. Use sun hats and sunscreen, and drink plenty of water. Bring your swimsuit and use the hotels’ swimming pool facilities to get a Cyprus holiday feeling.

Check whether you need a visa to enter the country. If you have questions, contact the local organizers.

The University of Cyprus offers the following advice for visitors:

“Travellers to the Republic of Cyprus may enter only through the legal points of entry: Larnaca and Paphos International Airports, or the Larnaca and Limassol ports. The closest airport to Nicosia is Larnaca International Airport (49 km). Private taxis, service (group) taxis and buses are available for transport to Nicosia. Within the city there is limited bus service and private taxis.”

Larnaca Airport is about 50 km from The New Campus of the University of Cyprus (not the Old Campus). The trip takes 50 minutes by bus. Find bus information at



By special arrangement, the Hilton,  Cleopatra, and Castelli hotels will offer a limited number of rooms at special rates for conference participants. The local organizers recommend these hotels for location and services.

Bus service will be provided between the hotels and the University of Cyprus New Campus.

Hilton Hotel

2.32 miles (3.73 km) from University of Cyprus New Campus,

60 rooms are available at €90 per night for a single room, and €110 per night for a double, breakfast included.

To book these rooms, use the Hilton Hotel booking form. These rooms must be booked by July 17, 2017.

Cleopatra Hotel

3.1 miles (5 km) from University of Cyprus New Campus,

Rooms for 50 to 60 participants are available as below.

                                   Standard          Executive                    

Single Room B/B          €65.00              €72.00

Twin Room   B/B           €80.00              €87.00

The above rates are per room per night inclusive of buffet breakfast, taxes and service.  Hotel guests have free access to the outdoor swimming pool, gym area, gym classes (aerobics, pilates, zumba etc), sauna, Jacuzzi and steam bath; free parking facilities and free internet.

To book these rooms, use the Cleopatra Hotel booking form. Rooms must be booked by May 1, 2017.

Local arrangements are being organized by Elena Kyratzi ( and Chryso Pelekani (

Watch the Gypsy Lore Society website ( for more information about the conference.

Please address all general conference inquiries to

Summary of Conference Dates and Deadlines

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, 2017.

Future Meetings

Watch this space for updates on coming meetings.

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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.