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2012 Annual Meeting Program



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Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Darülbedai Caddesi 1, Harbiye
Point Hotel Taksim, Topçu Caddesi No.2 Taksim
Nippon Hotel, Topçu Caddesi No: 6 Taksim
Gönen Hotel Taksim, Aydede Caddesi No. 15, Taksim

Wednesday 19 September
09.00Registration, Welcome - Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall
10.00-11.30
 Opening Program

Short film, "The Gypsy Sound of  Beyoğlu"
Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Mayor of
Beyoğlu
Elena Marushiakova, President of the Gypsy Lore Society
Kadir Topbaş,
Mayor of Istanbul
Bekir Bozdağ, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
11.30-11.45Coffee break
11.45-12.15Guest Speakers
Prof. Dr. Be
şir Atalay, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
Rudko Kawczynski, President, European Roma and Traveler Forum
12.15-13.15Panel: "Roma in Turkey and in Europe"
Ana Oprisan, Vice President, European Roma Grassroots Organizations Network
Emlas Arus, President, Zero Discrimination Association
Asst. Prof. Dr. E. Didem Evci Kiraz, Romans Training and Research Center, Adnan Meneres Univ.
Prof. Hristo Kyuchukov, Free University Berlin
Prof. Yaron Matras, Manchester University
17.00-19.00Exhibitions
Gypsies from the 1800s to the Present, Tolga Gürocak,
Beyoğlu Municipal Art Gallery
Mugats, the Mysterious People in Central Asia, Sema Balaman, Galatsaray Square
Roma: Transylvania, Mary Humphrey,
Beyoğlu Municipal Youth Center
19.00-21.00Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society Board of Directors (Beyoğlu Municipal Youth Center)

18.30                        Concert: 100 Gypsies, 100 Violins. Taksim Square


Thursday 20 September  - Point Hotel Taksim
09.00-09.45Welcome-Registration. Giza Hall


09.45-10.30Opening of the 2012 Gypsy Lore Society  Annual Meeting and Conference on  Gypsy Studies,. Giza Hall
Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Mayor of Beyoğlu
Elena Marushiakova, President, Gypsy Lore Society


10.30-11.00Coffee break


I. Giza Hall, first floor II. Petra Hall, first floor III. Fuji Hall, 9th floor
11.00-12.00Thomas Acton. Beyond resistance to ethnic profiling.Daniele Viktor Leggio. Being Roma on YouTube: language choice, identity representation and performance.Carol Silverman. DJs and Balkan Gypsy Music: Balkan Beats, Brass, and Authenticity in Clubs and Festivals.

Abby Bardi. “No Reasoning with Them”: The Rhetoric of the Dale Farm Evictions.Yaron Matras and Hazel Gardner. Attitudes of English and Welsh Gypsies towards their language and its revival.Elsie Ivancich Dunin. Forty-five Years (1967-2012) of a Romani Spring Event in Skopje, Macedonia.
12.00-13.00Lunch (for conference speakers only), Point Hotel, View Point Restaurant, 9th floor


13.30-15.00Nadezhda Georgieva-Stankova. Building Trenches or Bridges: The Language of Anti-Gypsy Hatred or Interethnic Tolerance in the Traditional and New Bulgarian Media.Sofiya Zahova. The Role of Language as Identity Marker of Gypsy Groups in Two Balkan States.Sonia Tamar Seeman. Listening to symbolic violence in Sulukule: An Audiology of Echoes.

Claudia Tavani. Freedom of Expression or Prohibition of Racial Discrimination? Stigmatisation of Roma in the Media and in Political Speech in Italy. Victor Friedman. Romani Groups in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, and the roles of Albanian and Macedonian.Seren Dalay and Belma Kurtişoğlu. Nine Beat “Tehno Music and Dance” among Silivri Roms.

Delia Popescu and Matthew Loveland. Creating the “Other”: Attitudes toward the Roma population in the European Union.Svetlana Hristova. Profiles of Success: Roma Journalists and Roma Musicians. Martí Marfà Castán. Musicianship and Gypsyness: the musicianly role beyond the Romantic stereotype. The case of the Catalan Gitanos in Spain.
15.00-15.30Coffee break

15.30-17.00

Enkelejda Sula-Raxhimi. Notes on Biopolitics, Racism and the Nation-State in the Balkans: Roma in post-Communist Albania and in Independent Kosovo.

Bruno Herin. The Northern Dialects of Domari.Silvia Bruni. A frame drum player in Kosovo: Hatixhe Korlak of Prizren.

Simon Brooks. Discourses about the Roma in a minority language culture – the Roma and Welsh-language culture in Wales, the British Isles.Marton Andras Balo and Szilvia Lakatos. The possibilities of a linguistic atlas of the Romani language in Hungary.Kai Åberg. Love, Tears and Knives: Masculinity and the Music of the Finnish Kaale.

Erin McElroy. From Eviction to Expulsion: Anti-Roma Violence in Romania and the DiasporaStefania Toma. Institutional Context and Everyday Practices of Romani Language Teaching in RomaniaDomenico Staiti. Centrality and marginality: the music of women and effeminate men among Roms of Kosovo.
20.30Concert, Cemil Topuzlu Harbiye Open Air Theater




Friday 21 September  - Point Hotel Taksim,  Nippon Hotel Taksim, Gönen Hotel Taksim

I. Nippon Hotel, Shogun Hall 2, lobby fl.
II. Point Hotel, Petra Hall, 1st floor III. Gönen Hotel, Tuna Hall, 2nd fl.
10.00-11.00Anna Mirga, Stefano Piemontese and Bálint-Ábel Bereményi. Did National Roma Strategies learn from Shortcoming of the ‘Spanish Model’?Charlotte Jones. A study in integration – the Romanian Roma cohort at Gorton Mount Primary School.Anne Sutherland. Venezuelan Kalderasha in the United States.

Raluca Bianca Roman. Roma “culture clash”? Finnish Roma elite on Eastern European Roma migrants, Roma identity and transnational mobilization.Christina Rodell Olgaç, Mikael Demetri and Angelina Dimiter-Taikon. The 1960s revisited – interviews with Kelderash Roma concerning their first experiences of formal education in the 1960s.Angela Costescu. Not Gypsy or Romanian, but a kind of both: the ambivalent identity of the Rudari people from Romania.
11.00-11.30Coffee break

11.30-12.30Olga Magano and Maria Manuela Mendes. Gypsies and social policies in Portugal.
Colin Clark. From ‘Gypsy problem’ to ‘Roma solution’: The ‘Clean Green Team’ of Govanhill, Glasgow and the challenges of interagency Community Development work in diverse and deprived areasElena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov. Migration and Identities of Central Asian 'Gypsies'.

Bálint-Ábel Bereményi, Ana Mirga and Elias Hemelsoet. Alternative Means of Civic Participation of the Roma.Alexandra Clavé-Mercier. From a Bulgarian mahala to a French social housing. The impact of reception policies on subjectivities and identity dynamics of Roma: a case study.Sema Balaman. Mugats: The Life of Central Asian Gypsies.
13.00-14.00Lunch (conference speakers only)
View Point Restaurant, Point Hotel, 9th floor, and Nippon Hotel


14.00-15.30Roberta Medda-Windischer. The Roma: a socially disadvantaged group or a national minority ? Unravelling the dichotomy through the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.Norah Benarrosh-Orsoni. Building a Reputation: Migration, architecture and social success among Romanian RomasDragan Todorović and Ksenia Trofimova. “Zajde Basće”: the Rroma cult place in Niš.

Yaron Matras. Scholarship and the politics of Romani identity: Strategic and conceptual issues.László Fosztó. The social effects of migration on two Hungarian-Roma mixed villages in Transylvania (Romania).Yelis Erolova. Gypsies Muslim Leaders in Bulgaria

Márton Rövid. The Cosmopolitan Gypsy: On the Transcendence of National Citizenship in the Light of the Case of Roma, an Allegedly Non-territorial NationStefan Benedik. Representations of historical discursive formations in debates on Romani migrations to the city of Graz (Austria).Velcho Krastev and Evgenia Ivanova. The magical notions and practices in the beliefs of the Gypsies in Bulgaria.
15.30-16.00Coffee break

16.00-17.00Natalia Gancarz and Slawomir Kapralski. Changing Aesthetics of Remembrance. From Commemorating Roma to Romani Commemoration?Carol Rogers and Margaret Greenfields. Beyond Bereavement: Living with unresolved grief - the impact on the health and wellbeing of Gypsies and Travellers.Hristo Kyuchukov. The Role of the Dreams in the Oral Tradition of Roma

Ayako Iwatani. Between Multiple Lands and Homelands: the Discourse of Indian Origin and the Sense of Belonging among “Gypsies” in Greece and Romania.Elisabetta Vivaldi. They call themselves Roma: health status and wellbeing of a marginalized community within mainstream societyTereza Dvořáková. Everyday forms of Gypsyness
20.00Gala Dinner for Registered Conference Participants




Saturday 22 September - Nippon Hotel Taksim

I. Shogun Hall 2, lobby floor
II. Samurai Hall 1, floor B1 III.  Samurai Hall 2, floor B1
10.00-11.00Barbara Tiefenbacher. A Box full of "Romani Features"? Constructions and Ascriptions of Romani Identity in Slovakia.Sarah Carmona. Migration Memories with no Footprints: From “Back and Forth” Gypsies to “Moorish Gypsies”. Memorial and Historical Uprooting of the Migrant Spanish “Calés” in North African Colonies (end XIX c. - 1960).Harika Dauth. Urban Transformation, Identity Struggles and Gender: Relations of Roma, Kurds and Turks in Tarlabaşı/ Istanbul.

Danielle van Dobben, Gonca Tohumcu and Funda Oral. Identity and Cultural Heritage in a Dislocated Romani Community in Istanbul, Turkey.Viorel Achim. Social and ethnic aspects in the projects for the emancipation of Gypsies from slavery: Romanian Principalities, mid-19th century.Ana Rozanova. Role of Entrepreneurship for the Roma Women in Lithuania.
11.00-11.30Coffee break





11.30-12.30David Scheffel. Child Brides (and Grooms) among Slovak Roma.
Alice Vezzoli. A particular Other: a Venetian document of 1719 as a case study on the relationship of the local community with the Gypsies.Brana Bošnjak. Shoot for the moon? Personal Goals and Subjective Well-Being of Roma Migrant Girls in Germany.

Ilenia Ruggiu. Is begging a Roma cultural practice? Misuses of cultural narratives in legal reasoning.
Danijel Vojak. The persecution of the Roma population in Croatia since their settlement in the 14th century until 1918.Selin Önen. Roma and Dom Women Experience in Turkey.
13.00-14.00Lunch (for conference speakers only), Nippon Restaurant, floor A





14.00-15.30Juan Gamella. Gitano Pentecostal Baptism: An Essay in Visual Anthropology.Ann Ostendorf. Gypsies and Roma: Perceptions and Realities in Nineteenth-Century American History.Margaret Greenfields. Gendered Approaches to Health Advocacy

Marcos Toyansk Silva Guimarais. Evangelical movement: a positive step towards a transnational community development?

Sheila Salo. Death-defying human torpedoes.

Marianna Seslavinskaya andGeorgi Tsvetkov. Romani Studies in Russia.

Magdalena Slavkova. Male and Female Pastors among the Bulgarian Evangelical Gypsies.
Stephan Steiner. "Giving short shrift by flogging, hanging and beheading". A Roma Trial in the Age of Terror.Tamas Demeny. Notions of Violence in Hungarian Roma and African American Autobiographies.
15.30-16.00Coffee break





16.00-17.00Bülent Kurtişoğlu.and Arda Eravci. The Effects of Romani Non-governmental Organizations on Life-style of Romani Society in Tekirdağ City.
Ismail Altinöz. Gypsies in Turkey from Ottoman Era to the Present. Pelin Tunaydin. Rescuing the Bears, Silencing the Bear-leaders: The Abolition of Bear Dancing in Turkey in the early 1990s.

Jenni Berlin. Integration or assimilation? The housing-related problems of Finnish Roma
James Deutsch. “The Only True Gypsy Village in the Land”: Carlos de Wendler-Funaro and the Maspeth Settlement of New York.Iren Kertész Wilkinson. Performance as Research Method:  Ethnomusicological Research amongst the Roma.
17.00-17.30Coffee break

17.30-18.30Annual Business Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society, Samurai Hall 1 and 2



19.30-21.30        International Documentary Film Screening, Beyoğlu Municipal Youth Center
                      The Gypsy Atmosphere of Beyoğlu
                            The Half, Elmas Aras
                            Kajda, Nico Staiti


Sunday 23 September: City Tour