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.




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  • 2020 Conference Postponed, 2021 Conference Scheduled After quite some consideration, taking into account the responses we have gathered from you as well as the possibilities of a hybrid conference format that would combine on-site and on-line meeting for those that cannot come, the organization committee has finally decided to postpone the 2020 Gypsy Lore Society Conference on Romani Studies.    The conference is now scheduled for September 8-10, 2021. The venue remains the same. We hope we will be able to welcome all of you in Prague.    The conference will work with all panels and abstracts accepted for the originally planned conference, unless presenters and conveners decide on changes. We will also open a new call to enable the participation of other researchers interested ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2020, 7:23 AM by Sheila Salo
  • Romani Studies- Volume: 30, Number: 1 (June 2020) -- Table of Contents Research Articles“Good soldiers and even heroes”; or From the history of the Roma in Croatia and Slavonia during the First World War DANIJEL VOJAKThe memory of Spanish Gypsies: Scholarship, oral history, and archive research CARMEN CAÑETE QUESADAThe forced assimilation Gypsy policy in Socialist Hungary TAMÂS HAJNÂCZKYA constant border-crossing: Conversion and evangelical charismatic Christian identity among the Roma in Estonia and Latvia EVA-LIISA ROHT-YILMAZ
    Posted Jun 13, 2020, 8:34 AM by Sheila Salo
  • Two Win 2019 Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholars’ Prize in Romani Studies The screening committee of the Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholar’s Prize in Romani Studies has announced two winners of the prize for the 2019 competition. The winners are Antonio Montañés Jimenez for the paper “Gitano Christian politics of memory: Remembering and belonging” and Ionela Bogdan for “Stories of their own: Roma women in Romania and the everyday life under Communist regime. An oral history research.”Abstracts of the winning papers are posted on the Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholars' Prize page of the Gypsy Lore Society website.The Gypsy Lore Society established the Marian Madison Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholars’ Prize in Romani Studies for the best unpublished paper by a young scholar on a topic in Romani ...
    Posted Apr 29, 2020, 2:03 PM by Sheila Salo
  • 2020 Gypsy Lore Society Conference -- Deadline for Abstracts Extended Due to the uncertainties associated with the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to April 7, 2020.The organizing committee suggests that authors submit their abstracts and prepare their papers. If the conference must be canceled  your papers will be ready for next year.Of course you will be kept informed of any changes in plans.The current schedule is as follows: 7th April - deadline for abstract submissions 15th April - we will send email about acceptance of abstracts to the contributors 15th June - from this date the participation fee can be paid
    Posted Mar 20, 2020, 7:02 AM by Sheila Salo
  • Romani Studies E-mail Address Please use the following e-mail address to contact Romani Studies: romanistudies.authors@gmail.com.This address supersedes any previous ones.
    Posted Mar 12, 2020, 8:21 AM by Sheila Salo
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