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“Gjurgjovden/Erdelezi – traditional culture of the Roma in Macedonia and the Balkans”

Celebrating a 50-year jubilee of research in Macedonia by Elsie Ivancich Dunin, the Institute
for Folklore “Marko Cepenkov” – Skopje invites your participation in a jubilee symposium to
be held in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, from 10 to 12 of April 2018.
The theme is: “Gjurgjovden/Erdelezi – traditional culture of the Roma in Macedonia and
the Balkans”
Marking the jubilee will include an exhibition of photographs and films taken by Prof. Elsie
Ivancich Dunin during her 50 years of researching the Gjurgjovden/Erdelezi celebration of the
Romani community in Skopje. The museum exhibition, organized by NGO “Romano Ilo” as part
of their 20 year jubilee in promoting the Romani culture in the Republic of Macedonia, will open
on 11 April at 19.00 in the Museum of Macedonia.
The Institute's Program Committee welcomes proposals for individual presentations and panels
that address related issues of the theme. All proposals should be based on fieldwork experience
and/or textual elaboration. It is expected that presentations and panels will present new insights.

Please respond with the attached application form and send your proposal by email no later than
20 March, 2018. Please label all communications clearly with your full contact details.
The Program Committee reserves the right to accept proposals that, in their opinion, fit best into
the scheme of the symposium, and that can be accommodated within the time frame of the

Individual presentation, limited to 20 minutes (15 minutes of presentation + 5 minutes
discussion), or
Panel presentation of at least three participants, limited to 60 minutes (45 minutes of
presentation + 15 minutes of discussion).
You may present only once during the symposium. Please indicate clearly your preferred format.
Please state any technical requirements that you may need for your presentation (PC, DVD,
Power Point or other). If you have any questions about the program, or the suitability of a
proposal, please contact the Secretary of the Organizing Committee and ask for assistance.

The official languages of the meeting are Macedonian and English.

Institute for Folklore “Marko Cepenkov” - Skopje
Zorancho Malinov and Trajko Petrovski, Co-Chairs
Vesna Petreska, member
Daniel Petrovski, member
Velika Stojkova Serafimovska, Secretary
Elsie Ivancich Dunin, Honorary member

Proposals should be sent by email to both:
Velika Stojkova Serafimovska, Secretary of the committee:
telephone number: +38978268352
Institute for folklore “Marko Cepenkov” – Skopje
Institute of Folklore "Marko Cepenkov"
Ruzveltova 3, PO Box 319,
1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Time table:
Call for papers: 4 March 2018
Deadline for application: 20 March 2018.
The committee cannot consider proposals received after the deadline.
Notification of acceptance or rejection: 25 March 2018
Announcement of the preliminary program: 1 April 2018

The participants cover their own transportation expenses.
For participants from outside of Skopje, the Organizer of the event covers expenses for two
nights of Hotel accommodation.
Details regarding the travel and accommodation arrangements will be announced with the
preliminary program. If you have any other questions regarding these issues, please contact the
Secretary of the Committee.

The papers delivered at the jubilee symposium will be published in a Special publication or in a
Special issue of the Institute's journal “Macedonian folklore by the Institute for folklore “Marko
Cepenkov” - Skopje
A printed and a digital copy (submitted on CD or by e-mail) of the presented texts should be
submitted by a future deadline to the Organizer for publication in the following criteria:
- text: maximum 10 pages, Times New Roman, 12pt, double line space;
- illustrations: maximum 2 pages x 2 photographs, 12 cm width (4 photos maximum),
resolution: color photographs 300 x 300 dpi; black and white 150 x 150 dpi,
music examples: maximum two pages, made in a proper music program or scanned in
150 x 150 dpi.

For any further questions or information, please contact the Secretary of the Elsie Ivancich
Dunin jubilee event:
Velika Stojkova Serafimovska on the following e-mail and phone number:
Telephone No. +38978268352