The Gypsy Lore Society, an international association of persons interested in Gypsy and Traveler Studies, was founded in Great Britain in 1888. Since 1989 it has been headquartered in the United States.


The research field of the Gypsy Lore Society has traditionally included many different communities which, regardless of their origins and self-appellations in various languages, have been referred to in English as Gypsies. These communities include the descendants of migrants from the Indian subcontinent which have been considered as falling into three large subdivisions, Dom, Lom, and Rom. The field has also included communities of other origins which practice, or in the past have practiced, a specific type of service nomadism. The breadth of the Society's interests is reflected in the articles published in its journal and papers presented at its conferences.


The goals of the Gypsy Lore Society  include promotion of the study of these communities, their history and cultures worldwide; dissemination of accurate information aimed at increasing understanding of them in their diverse forms; and establishment of closer contacts among scholars studying any aspects of these cultures.


The Society sponsors programs and conferences and publishes the twice-yearly Romani Studies (continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society), a quarterly Newsletter and other occasional publications.


The Society established the Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies, a research collection specializing in recent scholarly work on Gypsy, Traveler and related studies, for the benefit of researchers and students. This collection, compiled from 1978 to 2012, is now the Gypsy Lore Society Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies collection within the Special Collections division of the Michigan State University Libraries, https://as.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/2131. Earlier collections of the Gypsy Lore Society, 1888-1974, can be found at the University of Liverpool, https://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/library/sca/gypsyloresociety.




The Latest News

  • Romani Studies Editorship Following the August 2019 decision by the Editorial Board of the journal Romani Studies and by the Board of Directors of the Gypsy Lore Society, the journal will now have two additional editors, Colin Clark and Daniel Škobla. The editor of the first issue for 2020 is Colin Clark and the editor of the second issue for 2020 is Daniel Škobla. Please communicate with the journal editors through the journal e-mail address: romanistudies.journal@gmail.com. Manuscripts sent to the editors' personal e-mail addresses will not be processed because it will be not possible to include them in the software.
    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 12:22 PM by Sheila Salo
  • 2020 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies -- Call for Panels The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies is scheduled for September 16–18, 2020. The conference will be hosted in Prague and organized together with Charles University. Proposals for organized panels are being accepted now. A call for abstracts for papers both intended for  organized panels and individual papers will appear at the beginning of February. Details for the submission of panel proposals will be found on the Annual Meeting page.
    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 9:05 AM by Sheila Salo
  • Looking for the Romani Studies Website? Liverpool University Press has brought it to our attention that somebody has created a forged webpage for Romani Studies. LUP is working to have the page taken down as swiftly as possible.. The URL for the forged page is https://www.romanistudiesjournal.com/. The correct, and legitimate, URL for the journal is http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/rost. 
    Posted Oct 22, 2019, 7:15 AM by Sheila Salo
  • 2019 Conference Program and Abstracts Posted The final program of the 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies has been posted. Links to the program, the abstracts, and further information for conference participants are on the Annual Meeting page of this website.
    Posted Jul 12, 2019, 10:01 AM by Sheila Salo
  • 2019 Conference Preliminary Program Posted The preliminary program of the 2019 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies has now been posted on the Annual Meeting pages of the Gypsy Lore Society website.
    Posted Apr 26, 2019, 11:20 AM by Sheila Salo
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