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2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy Studies

The 2015 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy/Romani Studies will be held in Chișinău, Moldova, September 10-12, 2015 at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chișinău.  

The meeting is being organized on behalf of the Gypsy Lore Society by the team of the Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova ("Ethnology of Roma" Research Group) [] in cooperation with the public association "Porojan" [].

Conference Venue

The Academy of Sciences of Moldova

MD-2001, Republic of Moldova, mun. Chisinau, bd. Stefan cel Mare si Sfant 1.

Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Bulevardul Ștefan cel Mare și Sfînt 1


Online registration for the 2015 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Romani Studies is now closed.

Those who have completed registration and who have not paid in advance by bank transfer must pay on site in Chisinau in cash in Euros at the beginning of the conference on September 10, 2015, during the registration of participants. The registration fee will be:

For members of Gypsy Lore Society: 50 EUR

For non-members: 60 EUR


A post-conference banquet is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, at the La Taifas traditional Moldavian restaurant, str. Bucuresti, 67.

Those who have registered for the banquet should have received banquet information and a menu by e-mail.

In order to facilitate the restaurant kitchen's preparation of the banquet and to shorten the waiting time for receiving the food, the La Taifas restaurant requests that meals be ordered ahead of time. Selections should be made from
the menu ( and reported to the organizers ( before 21 August 2015. Drinks can be ordered after arriving in the restaurant and also if you will have some additional requests for uncooked food you can do it on the spot.

Menu prices are given in Moldavian Lei. You will pay the restaurant directly according your selection. Please notice that in Moldavian restaurants card payment is not accepted and you will need to pay in cash in Moldavian Lei.

Travel, Accommodation, Local Information

Be prepared to pay local businesses, such as restaurants and taxis, in cash in Moldavian Lei.  Link for daily exchange rate, We are assured that ATMs are plentiful.

Here are a few options for lunch near the conference venue:

1. Restaurant La Placinte / Andys Pizza  - CENTRU (str. Izmail, 45),

2. Restaurant Star Kebab - CENTRU (str. Izmail, 84),

3. Restaurant Blinoff - CENTRU (str. Izmail, 84),


Click here for the Final Program of the conference, updated 4 September 2015.

Final program in pdf format. (Updated 4 September 2015)


Click here for the abstracts of conference papers, updated 3 September 2015.

Abstracts in pdf format.

Open panels

Five open panels have been approved by the Organizing Committee.
  • Цыганский язык и культура в странах бывшего СССР (Romani Language and Culture in Post-Soviet States)
  • The process, practice, theory and implication of stereotyping and pathologising Gypsy, Traveller and Roma(ni) peoples within the security and justice systems.
  • Group Boundary-Making: Dynamics of Categorization, Belonging, Inclusion, and Exclusion of Roma/Gypsies.
  • Recovering unwritten histories of the Roma Holocaust: the deportation of Romanian Roma to Transnistria 1942-44.
  • The politics of reproduction and Roma in Eastern Europe’s 20th Century.
Abstracts of these panels and further instructions for submitting papers for presentation within a particular panel will be found here.

Please address all conference inquiries to or by telephone +37379537572.

More information about the conference will be published in coming issues of the Newsletter of the Gypsy Lore Society, and on the Gypsy Lore Society web site,

Meeting of the Board of Directors

The meeting  of the Gypsy Lore Society Board of Directors will take place on 9 September, from 16:00 (4pm) in the small meeting room at the Hotel COSMOS