Annual Meeting


The Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy Studies

Gypsy Lore Society meetings are held on an annual basis and are rotated among different US cities and other countries. Meetings typically include presentations of recent research, discussion sessions, exhibits and films. Gypsy Lore Society members receive discounts on meeting registration fees.

Recent conferences have been held at


  • Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (2003)
  • Bratislava, Slovakia (2014)
  • Bucharest, Romania (2018)
  • Budapest, Hungary (2002)
  • Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chișinău, Moldova (2015)
  • Florence, Italy (1999)
  • Glasgow, Scotland (2013)
  • Universidad de Granada, Spain (2005)
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (2010)
  • Graz, Austria (2011)
  • Istanbul, Turkey (2012)
  • University of Helsinki, Finland (2009)
  • University of Manchester, England (2007)
  • Newcastle upon Tyne, England (2004)
  • University of Cyprus, Nicosia (2017)
  • University of Iceland, Reykjavik (2019)
  • Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden (2016)
  • Tucson, Arizona, USA (2006)
  • Washington, DC, USA (2000, 2008)
Complete list of Annual Meetings and Conferences

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.

Gypsy Lore Society conferences are the most significant annual scholarly events devoted to Romani Studies worldwide. Each year the event is located in a different place, and is organized by the Gypsy Lore Society in cooperation with local academic institutions. In 2020 the conference will be hosted in Prague for the first time and organized together with Charles University.

We invite contributions on any aspect of Romani Studies and encourage participants from various academic disciplines to propose conference panels.

 

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.

 

We accept panels presenting interdisciplinary research as well as specific monodisciplinary issues. We welcome theoretical studies as well as empirical contributions and good fieldwork presentations.

Especially welcomed are works that deal with:

  • Developments in Romani studies in recent years and changes in methodology, terminology and topics of research
  • Communities which are labelled as Roma, but who are without Roma identity
  • Ethical issues and aspects of collaboration with community members in research
  • New research data on Romani, Gypsy and Travellers groups and their lives
  • Transformations of Romani, Gypsy and Travellers communities in a changing world
  • Coexistence of Roma and nonRoma
  • Romani history and Roma in history
  • History of Romani emancipation and History of non-Roma effort for assimilation, inculturation and inclusion of Roma
  • Religion(s) among Roma (churches, religious movements, religious organizations)
  • Mobility among Roma: social mobility (vertical and horizontal) and spacial mobility (migration, transmigration, reemigration etc.)
  • Political, social and cultural participation of Roma
  • Education, children and the young Romani generation
  • Linguistics and literature as a source of knowledge about Roma/Gypsies
  • Romani and other languages of Roma in anthropological, historical and sociolinguistic perspectives
  • Romani art production
  • Roma in new places and new contexts

Both papers intended for an organized panel and individual papers are welcome. Each conference attendee may submit only one proposal (for an individual paper or paper within a panel).

Organized Panel Submissions

Both open-call panels and prearranged panels are accepted.

Proposals for open-call panels should contain:

Names, email addresses and affiliations of the panel convenors, the title of the panel and an abstract about the aim of the panel not longer than 500 words. The panel is open to all paper proposers.

Proposals for pre-arranged panels should contain:

Names, email addresses and affiliations of the convenors, the title of the panel, an abstract about the aim of the panel not longer than 500 words, and panel participants and their affiliations. The pre-arranged panels should list at least names and affiliations of three panel presenters. If the panel is approved, it will be listed among other the panels but potential contributors will not be invited to freely join.

Panel proposals should be submitted in the electronic version in doc or docx format to the email address GLS2020Prague@ff.cuni.cz

The deadline for submission of all panel proposals is January 15, 2020.

The Conference committee will assess the panel submissions by the end of January.

A call for abstracts for papers both intended for open call panels and individual papers will appear at the beginning of February.

Authors will be notified whether their papers are accepted by March 31, 2020.


Academic Committee

Elena Marushiakova Popova, Professor of History, University of St Andrews (Scotland), President of the Gypsy Lore Society

Tatiana Zachar Podolinská, Doctor of the science of religions, Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia)

Zdeněk Uherek, Associated Professor of Ethnology, Director of the Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (Czech Republic)

Helena Sadílková, Assistant Professor Head of the Romani Studies section at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Czech Republic)

Pavel Kubaník, Assistant Professor Research Fellow at the of the Romani Studies section at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Czech Republic)

Michael Beníšek, Assistant Professor Research Fellow at the of the Romani Studies section at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Czech Republic)

Conference Organizing Committee

Pavel Kubaník, Charles University

Helena Sadílková, Charles University

Sheila Salo, Treasurer of the Gypsy Lore Society

Zdeněk Uherek, Charles University


Other Information:

Do you need a visa to travel to the Czech Republic? The basic information is available here.

Detailed information about the accommodation, conference place and conference fees will be released on the Gypsy Lore Society website soon (www.gypsyloresociety.org).

Financial Aid

Gypsy Lore Society

Through the generosity of its members, the Gypsy Lore Society will award two stipends of $500 each to eligible Conference participants.

Applicants should currently be enrolled in a PhD program or those up to three years past completion of their PhD  requirements.

Their conference papers should be accepted.

They should not have received aid for meeting attendance from another source.

Applicants should send a letter of application to the Gypsy Lore Society treasurer, sheila.salo@gmail.com, by 20 April 2020. The letter should indicate your school and program and what other sources of aid are available to you.


Future Meetings

Watch this space for updates on coming meetings.

2019    Reykjavik, Iceland
2020    Prague, Czech Republic


Aid to Early-Career Scholars

A fund to aid early-career scholars to attend future meetings has been established. You may contribute to the fund here.