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The Gypsy Lore Society (GLS) Annual International Conference in Romani, Gypsy and Traveller Studies

 

 

To be held on the 12th and 13th September 2013 @ The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow

 

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

 

Main Conference Venue:

The McCance Building (Rooms 301, 307, 309, 402) and the Conservatory space on Level 3)

(NB: The McCance Building is located on Richmond St, Glasgow, Scotland, G1 1XH.)

 

Academic Conference Organiser: Prof. Colin Clark, the University of the West of Scotland (colin.clark@uws.ac.uk)

Conference Administration & Support: Mrs. Caroline Marley, the University of Strathclyde (caroline.marley@strath.ac.uk)


CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

THURSDAY 12th SEPTEMBER 2013

 

08:30-09:15 Registration and Tea/Coffee

 

09:15-10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks – McCance 301 (Chair: Prof. Colin Clark, University of the West of Scotland)

 

·       Prof. Sir. Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

·       Prof. Tony McGrew, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

·       Prof. Elena Marushiakova, President of the Gypsy Lore Society

 

10.00-10.30 Performance from Scottish Gypsy/Traveller Author and Traditional Storyteller Jess Smith (http://www.jesssmith.co.uk/)

 

10:30-12:00 Session 1 (A, B, C, D)

NB: Please note that each presentation is allotted a strict 30 minutes. This is inclusive of time for questions and answers.

Session 1A Venue McCance 301

RELIGION AND FAITH (1)

Chair: Fabian Jacobs

Paper 1: Margaret Greenfields - ‘Ethnic Solidarity, Evangelising and Empathy: The Motivation of non-Romani Activists working with Gypsies, Travellers and Roma in Faith and Community Settings’

Paper 2: Sorin Gog - ‘Bio-Politics and the Neo-Liberal Exclusion of Roma: Resistance and Community-Building among the Evangelicals from Romania’

Paper 3: Elena Marushiakova and Vesselin Popov - ‘The First Gypsy/Roma Organizations, the Churches and the Newspapers in South-Eastern Europe during the First Half of the 20th Century’

 

Session 1B Venue McCance 307

POVERTY, EXCLUSION AND MARGINALITY

Chair: Sheila Salo

Paper 1: Kitti Baracsi - ‘Prosperity and Exclusion Stories of Roma From Central and Eastern European Countries in Southern Italy’

Paper 2: Hamied G. M. Al Hashimi - ‘Gypsies in Iraq: Struggling Against Social Exclusion’

Paper 3: Rinaldo Diricchardi - ’Poverty and Economic Recession in Europe: Roma in Slovenia’

 

Session 1C Venue McCance 309

EDUCATION (1)

Chair: Thomas Acton

Paper 1: Christina Haupt - ‘Access to (Language) Learning: Perspectives of Teaching Staff and Eastern European Roma, Gypsy and Traveller Pupils in British Primary Education’

Paper 2: Mihaela Gramaticu - ‘An Analysis of Socio-Cultural and Institutional Context to Access to Formal Education: the Case of Roma Children in Romania’

Paper 3: Panagiota Gkofa -‘Roma’s Successful Educational Pathways in Greece’

 

Session 1D Venue McCance 402

IDENTITY AND CULTURE (1)

Chair: Sofiya Zahova

Paper 1: Selma Balaman - ‘Mugats: A Distinct Existence From Their Colourful Dwelings to Passionate Quail Fights’

Paper 2: Jacopo Miglioranzi – ‘Routes Are More Important Than Roots’

Paper 3: Colin Clark – ‘Another kind of ‘Holy Trinity’: Issues of Class, Gender and Nationality in the everyday lives of Roma migrant communities in Glasgow, Scotland’

 

12:00-13:00 Lunch. Served in the Conservatory area of the McCance Building (level 3). Please note there is no charge for lunch – this is included in your conference registration fee.

 


13:00-14:30 Session 2 (A, B, C)

NB: Please note that each presentation is allotted a strict 30 minutes. This is inclusive of time for questions and answers.

Session 2A Venue McCance 301

EDUCATION (2)

Chair: Anne Sutherland

Paper 1: Jekatyerina (Katya) Dunajeva – ‘Roma Identity in Formation: A Case Study of Kalderash Roma in a Russian School’

Paper 2: Vita Petrušauskaitė – ‘The Role of Local Government in Reproducing Social Inequalities: Explaining Differences in Educational Attainment Levels of Roma in Lithuania’

Paper 3: Pauline Padfield – ‘Who Decides What We Learn and When We Learn It? The Changing Expectations of Gypsy/Travellers’

 

Session 2B Venue McCance 307

MIGRATION AND BELONGING

Chair: Colin Clark

Paper 1: Veronika Nagy – ‘Fame, Shame or Silence? Ethical Issues in Mobile Ethnographic Research’

Paper 2: Rachel Humphris – ‘Waiting Room: Romanian Roma Migrants’ Negotiations of Transitional Controls in UK Bureaucracy’

Paper 3: Eva Kourova – ‘The Social Construction of the ‘Unreachables: a practitioner’s observations’

 

Session 2C Venue McCance 309

HISTORY, SLAVERY AND EMANCIPATION (1)

Chair: Margaret Beissinger

Paper 1: Thomas Acton – ‘Scientific Racism and the Discourse of the Gypsy Lore Society’

Paper 2: Stephan Steiner – ‘The End of Roma Slavery in the Bukovina’

Paper 3: Viorel Achim – ‘Social Changes in the Process of Emancipation of Gypsies From Slavery: Romanian Principalities in the mid-19th Century’

 

14:30-15:00 Coffee. Served in the Conservatory area of the McCance Building (level 3). Please note there is no charge for refreshments as this is included in your conference registration fee.

 

15:00-16:30 Session 3 (A, B, C, D)

NB: Please note that each presentation is allotted a strict 30 minutes. This is inclusive of time for questions and answers.

Session 3A Venue McCance 301

LANGUAGE (1)

Chair: Elena Marushiakova

Paper 1: Csaba Fėnyes – ‘Language and Culture in Roma Policies’

Paper 2: Sofiya Zahova – ‘Burgudžii-Parpuli from Bulgaria: Boundaries, Group Identity and Language’

Paper 3: Marianna Seslavinskaya and Georgy Tsvetkov – ‘The Development of the Secret Inter-Group Lovara Lexicon in Light of the Ethnosocial Processes within the Russian Roms Community’

 

Session 3B Venue McCance 307

URBAN SPACE, HOUSING AND THE CITY

Chair: Colin Clark

Paper 1: Lászá Fosztó – ‘Mobilisers and Gatekeepers: Socio-Cultural Structures and Development Opportunities in Segregated Roma Communities in Romania’

Paper 2: Patricia Karina Hayek – ‘Is the City to Blame? The Promise and Pitfalls of Gypsy Public Housing in Romania’

Paper 3: Antonio Montaňės Jimėnez – ‘Urbanisation and Social Change Among Spanish Gypsies’

 

Session 3C Venue McCance 309

REPRESENTATIONS (1)

Chair: Anne Sutherland

Paper 1: Tamsin Graves – ‘Mediating Marginality: Issues of Representation for the On-Screen Gypsy in the Films of Tony Gatlif’

Paper 2: James Deutsch – ‘Stolen By Gypsies in Early-20th Century Films’

Paper 3: Paola Toninato – ‘Romani Literature and Cultural Mediation’

 

Session 3D Venue McCance 402

RELIGION AND FAITH (2)

Chair: Matt Salo

Paper 1: Dragan Todorović and Vladimir Cvetković – ‘Rromanipe in Transition: Protestanisation of Roma’

Paper 2: Raluca Bianca Roman – ‘Faith-Based Integration? Evangelism, Belonging and Social Mobilisation Among the Finnish Kaale’

Paper 3: Tatiana Podolinská – ‘“Angel Voices”: Religious Change from the Perspective of Insiders’

 

18:30-19:30: Civic Reception at Glasgow City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow. This is a formal welcome and drinks reception to the city of Glasgow, hosted by Glasgow City Council at the impressive City Chambers building on George Square (a two minute walk from the University of Strathclyde)

 

19.30-22:00: Dinner We would suggest dining in the Merchant City area of the City (right next to the University, see Postcodes G1 and G2) or you may want to travel to the West End of the City, using the Underground system, and explore the Hillhead area around Byres Road (see Postcodes G11 and G12) where a number of good restaurants and cafes can be found as well as Kelvingrove Park and other attractions.

 

FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2013

09:00-10:30 Session 4 (A, B, C, D)

NB: Please note that each presentation is allotted a strict 30 minutes. This is inclusive of time for questions and answers.

Session 4A Venue McCance 301

MUSIC, PERFORMANCE AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Chair: Thomas Acton

Paper 1: Kai Viljami Ǻberg - ‘Kaaleita Haaleita’ (‘Black and White’): Types of Irony in the Music of the Finnish Kaale (Roma)

Paper 2: Margaret H Beissinger - ‘Where is Home? Romani Musicians Caught Between Two Continents’

Paper 3: Iren Kertesz Wilkinson - ‘As Time Goes By: Changes in Roma Experiences and its effect on Music and Lyrics’

 

Session 4B Venue McCance 307

CITIZENSHIP, STATE AND NATIONALITY

Chair: Sofiya Zahova

Paper 1: Julija Sardelić - ‘Roma on the Margins of Citizenship: Romani Minorities in the Context of Post-Yugoslav Citizenship Regimes’

Paper 2: Ioana Szeman - ‘Closing the Gap? The Politics of Romani Culture and Performative Citizenship in Postsocialist Romania’

Paper 3: TBC

 

Session 4C Venue McCance 309

LIVES, LIVELIHOODS AND LEGISLATION

Chair: Margaret Greenfields

Paper 1: Marco Solimene - ‘”Going for Iron”: the collaboration of Bosnian Xoraxane Roma and Romanian Roma in Scrap Metal Collection in Rome, Italy’

Paper 2: Christine Miller - ‘Garbage Dependency and the Loss of Livelihood for the Roma at Pata Rat, Romania’

Paper 3: Judit Durst - ‘”Better to be a Gypsy in Canada than a Hungarian in Hungary”: Migration and the Informal Economy’

 

Session 4D Venue McCance 402

LEGAL AND POLICING ISSUES

Chair: Colin Clark

Paper 1: Anthony Drummond -‘“I Wouldn’t Trust Them… I Just Wouldn’t Have Faith [In Them]”: Policing Travellers in Ireland’

Paper 2: Carol Silverman – ‘Culture as Defense/Culture as Explanation: Kalderash Roma and American Law’

Paper 3: Ayako Iwatani – ‘From Vagrancy to Criminality: the Gypsy Policy and the Criminal Tribes Act in British India’

 

10:30-11:00 Coffee. Served in the Conservatory area of the McCance Building (level 3)

 

11:00 -12:30 Session 5 (A, B, C, D)

NB: Please note that each presentation is allotted a strict 30 minutes. This is inclusive of time for questions and answers.

Session 5A Venue McCance 301

FAMILY, DEATH AND BELIEF

Chair: Sheila Salo

Paper 1: Eugenio Restrepo Madero – ‘Attitudes on Death Rituals and Religiosity Among Gypsies in Southern Spain’

Paper 2: Nathalie Manrique – ‘“My Blood, Come With Me!” Widows and Widowers in an Andalusian Gypsy Community’

Paper 3: Stefánia Toma – ‘Godparenthood: Strategy and Trust among Roma and Non-Roma in Romania’

 

Session 5B Venue McCance 307

GENDER AND IDENTITY (2)

Chair: Fabian Jacobs

Paper 1: Marek Lukáč, Monica Bosá, Dávid Bosý and Alena Moravčiková – ‘Identity of Slovak Roma Women in the Context of Gender, Ethnicity and Civic Participation’

Paper 2: Valentina Siniego Benenati – ‘Mexitanos: The Roma People in Mexico’

Paper 3: Slawomir Kapralski – ‘Gendered Identities: The Past and Present of Being Rom/ni’

 

Session 5C Venue McCance 309

EDUCATION (3)

Chair: Colin Clark

Paper 1: Lynne Tammi – ‘Gypsy/Travellers and the Education System: the Case for Qualitative Approaches’

Paper 2: Christina Rodell Olgaç and Angelina Dimiter-Taikon – ‘The School Situation of Roma Children and Youth in Five Major Cities in Sweden Today’

Paper 3: Florinda Balla – ‘The Social Demographic Characteristics of Roma People in Albania with Reference to Education’

 

Session 5D Venue McCance 402

HISTORY, SLAVERY AND EMANCIPATION (2)

Chair: Sofiya Zahova

Paper 1: Ömer Ulusoy – ‘An Inquiry into the Ottomans’ Knowledge and Perception of the Gypsies in the Late 19th Century’

Paper 2: Danijel Vojak – “They Have Suffered and They Were Victims”: The Suffering of Roma During the Second World War in Croatia With Particular Focus on the ‘Forgotten Holocaust/Genocide’ of Contemporary Croatian Historiography’

Paper 3: Valdemar Kalinin – ‘Parallels in the Approach and Work of the Soviet Union Towards Jews and Gypsies (1925-1938)’

 

12:30-13:30 Lunch. Served in the Conservatory area of the McCance Building (level 3). Please note there is no charge for lunch – this is included in your registration fee.

 

13:30-15:00 Session 6 (A, B, C, D)

NB: Please note that each presentation is allotted a strict 30 minutes. This is inclusive of time for questions and answers.

Session 6A Venue McCance 301

REPRESENTATIONS (2)

Chair: Fabian Jacobs

Paper 1: David Cressy – ‘English Gypsies in the 18th Century: The Trials and Travels of Mary Squires’

Paper 2: Abby Bardi – ‘The Trope of Gypsy Wildness in the Novels of Lady Eleanor Smith’

Paper 3: Lance Wilder – ‘Of Hedges and Asylum Walls – John Clare and the Desire for Gypsy Movement and Freedom’

 

Session 6B Venue McCance 307

IDENTITY AND CULTURE (2)

Chair: Carol Silverman

Paper 1: Léon Grimard – ‘Outside Living Among Gypsies: Cultural Trait or Social Contingencies?’

Paper 2: Gul Ozatesler – ‘Gypsyness in Turkey: Ambiguity in Definition and Certainty in Stigmatization’

Paper 3: Abdullah Cisdir – ‘Report on Roma People in Turkey: Problems and Proposed Solutions’

 

Session 6C Venue McCance 309

GOVERNANCE, POLITICS AND IDENTITY

Chair: Margaret Beissinger

Paper 1: Delia Popescu – ‘Shadow of the Hegemon: Religion, Politics and Romani Identity in Ceausescu’s Romania’

Paper 2: Eszter Tarcsafalvi – ‘Negotiating Identity and Culture: A Study of the Romanian Roma in Govanhill, Glasgow’

Paper 3: Enkelejda Sula-Raxhimi – ‘Cleaning the City, Managing its ‘Undesirables’

 

Session 6D Venue McCance 402

LANGUAGE (2)

Chair: Thomas Acton

Paper 1: Ján Ĉonka – ‘Gypsy (Rómske) Language Environment’

Paper 2: Evangelia Adamon and Esteban Acuna – ‘How Did Linguistic Innovations Spread in the Romani Varieties of the Americas?’

Paper 3: H. Kyratji and C. Pelekani – An Analysis of ‘The Twelve Lays of the Gypsy’ (1907) by Kostis Palamas

 

15:00-15:30 Tea and Coffee. Served in the Conservatory area of the McCance Building (Level 3)

 

15:30-16:30 Workshop session (Chair: Michelle Lloyd, McCance 307) MECOPP (Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project, http://www.mecopp.org.uk/). This is a small interactive workshop session, facilitated by Michelle Lloyd and led by Gypsy/Travellers, sharing examples of their work in Scotland. Please note that a maximum number of 25 people can attend this session on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please register in advance with Colin.Clark@uws.ac.uk. Please also note that on the Friday MECOPP’s powerful and thought-provoking “Moving Minds” exhibition will also be on display in the Conservatory area of the McCance Building on Richmond St (Level 3).

 

16:15-17:00 Additional Papers:

(Chair: Colin Clark, McCance 301)

Paper 1: Lilyana Kovatcheva - ‘Roma Groups in Middle-Western Bulgaria’

Paper 2: Olga Magano and Manuela Mendes – ‘Gypsy Women in Portuguese Society: Tracing Singular and Plural Paths of Life’

 

17:00-18:00 Annual General Meeting of the GLS Membership (McCance 301) – * Only open to GLS members

Agenda to follow.

 

19:00-00:00 Conference Dinner and Traditional Céilidh. This event is being held at Partick Burgh Halls, 9 Burgh Hall St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire G11 5LW. Telephone: 0141-357-5399. (Full details will be provided during registration). Please note the nearest train/subway station is at Partick.

 

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2013

 

On the Saturday, for those still with us in Glasgow over the weekend, there are a range of places to visit and things to do across Scotland in your own time. For example, a visit to the village of Luss is highly recommended, as is a day-trip to places such as Loch Lomond, Aberfoyle, Oban, Culzean Castle and Rabbie Burns Country, Loch Ness, Stirling Castle, Inveraray at Loch Fyne, Glencoe etc. All of these places can be reached by public transport or hire car. Please speak with Colin or Caroline for other tips and suggestions.

 

Useful day-trip websites include:

http://www.timberbush-tours.co.uk/our-tours/from-glasgow/

http://www.goscotlandtours.com/tour-list/glasgow-day-tours-groups.html

http://www.rabbies.com/one_day_tours_scotland_gl.asp

http://www.discoverscotlandtours.com/tour.htm