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

  • Conference Registration Now Open Registration for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies is now open. Begin your registration on the Annual Meeting page of the Gypsy Lore Society here. The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies is scheduled for 8–11 September 2021 and will be held in Prague. The event will be organized as a hybrid conference in order to allow all contributors to participate either in person, if possible, or on-line. The academic conference will take place September 8 through September 10. An excursion to the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno is planned for September 11.
    Posted Apr 1, 2021, 6:30 AM by Sheila Salo
  • 2021 Conference -- Call for Papers The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies is scheduled for 8–11 September 2021 and will be held in Prague. The 2020 Conference planned for Prague and organized together with Charles University had to be postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic. We are happy to announce that the location and organizers will stay the same for the 2021 Conference. The event will be organized as a hybrid conference in order to allow all contributors to participate either in person, if possible, or on-line. Find the full call for papers and abstracts of the currently organized panels here.
    Posted Feb 2, 2021, 1:05 PM by Sheila Salo
  • Gypsy Lore Society and Romani Studies Take Flight Now you can follow the Gypsy Lore Society and Romani Studies on Twitter. The Twitter handle is @RomaniStudies. Colin Clark, University of the West of Scotland, is Twitter post editor.Twitter joins the Gypsy Lore Society’s other information and sharing avenues:Romani Studies (continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society), published twice a yearNewsletter of the Gypsy Lore Society, published four times a yearThe Society’s public Facebook PageThe Gypsy Lore Society Membership Facebook Group
    Posted Sep 27, 2020, 10:17 AM by Sheila Salo
  • 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
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