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New Editor for Romani Studies

posted Oct 12, 2017, 7:57 AM by Sheila Salo   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 7:58 AM ]

Kimmo Granqvist has been appointed editor of Romani Studies (continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society), the scholarly journal of the Gypsy Lore Society. All manuscripts and reviews should now be submitted to romanistudies.journal@gmail.com.

Outgoing editor Yaron Matras completes his term with the publication of the December 2017 issue of the journal. Matras has edited the journal since 2000. From 1990 through 1999 Sheila Salo was journal editor.

Kimmo Granqvist, a linguist, is Professor in Romani Studies at the Centre of Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University, Stockholm, and university lecturer in Romani Language and Culture at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

2017 Conference Photos Posted

posted Sep 26, 2017, 11:48 AM by Sheila Salo   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 11:49 AM ]

Photos from the 2017 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies have been posted on the Annual Meeting page of this website.

Bus Information and Schedules Posted

posted Aug 10, 2017, 10:56 AM by Sheila Salo   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

Information for travel to and from the university, reception, banquet, and excursion has been posted on the Annual Meeting website. You will learn where to catch the bus from your hotel or other accommodation, and the schedules for the individual trips.

Final Conference Program Posted

posted Jul 17, 2017, 11:40 AM by Sheila Salo   [ updated Jul 17, 2017, 11:41 AM ]

The final 2017 conference program has been posted on the Annual Meeting page. Find the program and abstracts in several formats.

Updated Conference Program Posted

posted Jun 14, 2017, 1:19 PM by Sheila Salo   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 1:20 PM ]

An update of the 2017 conference program has been posted on the Annual Meeting page. Find the program and abstracts in several formats. The final revision will be posted July 15.

2017 Conference Program Posted

posted May 22, 2017, 9:26 AM by Sheila Salo   [ updated May 22, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

The program schedule for the 2017 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies has been posted on the Gypsy Lore Society website, www.gypsyloresociety.org. Links to the program in several formats are also provided. From the home page, click on Annual Meeting to view the program.

Two Win Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholars’ Prize in Romani Studies for 2016

posted Feb 16, 2017, 6:42 AM by Sheila Salo   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 6:52 AM ]


The screening committee of the Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholar’s Prize in Romani Studies has announced two winners of the prize for 2016. The winners are Aleksandar Marinov for the paper "Belonging and space-making: Bulgarian Roma in migration" and Tamás Hajnáczky for "The single party state’s Gypsy policy. From sectoral Gypsy policy to a critique of the Gypsy policy of forced assimilation".

Aleksandar G. Marinov holds a PhD in Geography from Swansea University (2016). He is currently a research assistant at the Romani Cultural and Arts Company (Cardiff, Wales) and his interests revolve around the fields of Romani Studies, mobilities and contemporary Romani migrations.

Tamás Hajnáczky is a
Gypsy affairs officer of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary and holds PhD in Sociology from Eötvös Loránd University (2016). He is an expert in sociology of minorities and has interests in the field of history of Gypsies in Hungary in the XX c.

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 Gypsy and Traveler Studies. The prize is a cash award of $500.  The winning papers will be published, after any necessary revisions, in an issue of the journal Romani Studies.

The deadline for receipt of papers for the current cycle is October 30, 2017. For more information please consult Gypsy Lore Society web site, http://www.gypsyloresociety.org/gypsy-lore- society-young- scholars-prize.


Abstracts of the Prize Papers

Aleksandar G. Marinov. Belonging and space-making: Bulgarian Roma in migration.

The paper seeks to present an insider’s perspective into some of the consequences of

contemporary migrations of Bulgarian Roma. It offers greater insights into the ‘Romani

identity’ by looking at several levels. On the one hand, it studies the feelings of belonging and

attachment by the migrants who find themselves abroad for various reasons. In this case the

paper discusses two main scenarios; one is the clear demarcation between ‘home’ (“desh”)

and the ‘foreign’ (“bidesh”) (Gardner 1993); the second is more fluid and fits well into the

discussion of transnational feelings of belonging and simultaneity. The author examines the

interplay between the concepts of ‘home’ and ‘abroad’ and how these become blurred. The

piece explores some new and unique realities that Roma migrants face today as migrants and

the ways they construct space abroad. All these combine to offer another way of studying and

understanding the Roma, their migrations, feelings of belonging and their identities.


Tamás Hajnáczky. The single party state’s Gypsy policy. From sectoral Gypsy policy to

a critique of the Gypsy policy of forced assimilation.


The paper presents a detailed chronological account of the Hungarian communist state

Romani policies, discussing the changes in these policies and their consequences. In post war

Hungary, just like in the previous period, the sate party in power looked at the so-called

„Gypsy-issue” as a public health and a police business. With the publishing of the party

decree in 1961, the Political Committee of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist

Workers’ Party (MSZMP KB) laid the Gypsy politics of forced assimilation, and it also aimed

the improvement of the living, educational and working conditions of the Hungarian Gypsies.

The main problems in the 1960s were the schooling of Gypsies, the elimination of the Gypsy

camps and providing jobs for the Gypsies. In the second half of the 1970s, with the partial

solution of the initial difficulties, the power had to face with new challenges: although the

Gypsy children did start the primary school, they did not manage to finish it; the Gypsy

employees had jobs, but these were unskilled labours; the elimination of the camps

progressed, however, the segregation did not disappear, it just took new forms. The

development of the forced assimilation was obstructed by the local levels of the power and

there was a serious conflict between the interests of the central directive, the local

functionaries and the non-Gypsy residents. It became clear by the 1980s that the politics of

forced assimilation failed, and the segregation of the Gypsies was only partially overcome.

Weybright Archives to Move to Michigan

posted Jan 7, 2017, 1:27 PM by Sheila Salo   [ updated Jan 7, 2017, 1:28 PM ]

Gypsy Lore Society Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies

The Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies will be moving to the Michigan State University Libraries in East Lansing, Michigan.

Michigan State University Libraries intends to become an important center for the study of Gypsy/Romani groups. The Gypsy Lore Society Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies will be an important addition to the establishment of the Gypsy/Romani Research Collection within the MSU Libraries’ Special Collections.

The Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies was established in 1978 by the Gypsy Lore Society, North American Chapter, now the Gypsy Lore Society, in accord with the Society’s Articles of Incorporation. Victor Weybright (1903-1978) was a publisher who helped found the North American Chapter and provided financial support for its incorporation.

The Archives is a collection of books, articles, manuscripts, and audio-visual materials useful to scholars in the field of Gypsy Studies. Carmen Hendershott, volunteer archivist from 1979 to 2012, oversaw the expansion of the Archives and detailed cataloging of the collection. As it grew, finding a home for the Archives and making it available to researchers became a perennial issue.

To learn more, click here.

Romani Studies Seeks Editor -- Call for Applications

posted Dec 16, 2016, 1:21 PM by Sheila Salo   [ updated Dec 16, 2016, 1:21 PM ]

Call for applications

Editor, Romani Studies (continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society)

Start date: 1 January 2018

Estimated average time effort: 3-4 hours per week, no financial remuneration

Key Responsibilities:

To receive and with support of the editorial board to process article submissions to the journal, including: corresponding with authors, identifying and approaching external reviewers, receiving and processing external reviews, providing authors with feedback, taking decisions on publication of submissions, monitoring and receiving revisions;

To select, with the advice and consent of the Gypsy Lore Society Board of Directors, the members of the editorial board. It is expected that the members of the editorial board will be members of the Gypsy Lore Society or will join the Society upon their selection;

To work with the journal’s Book Review Editor to commission, receive, edit and publish book reviews;

To plan, together with the editorial board, the content of individual journal issues, by deciding which articles to include, managing the editorial and production schedule, and liaising with the journal’s production manager to ensure prompt delivery of two issues per year, as specified in the contract with the publisher;

To oversee the production of a volume index for each volume (annually);

To ensure that content is properly edited, paying attention to such things as presentation style, verifiability of sources, presentation of references, copyright issues of images, and so on;

To liaise with the publisher on strategic aspects such as marketing and production arrangements;

To play a lead role to ensure that the journal offers a broad platform of original content while maintaining the highest standards of academic rigour;

To report annually to the Gypsy Lore Society Board of Directors on the journal’s management, following an agreed template.

Person Specification:

Essential:

Candidates must have:

A track record of academic work, including work published in peer-refereed journals, in the field of Romani/Gypsy studies;

Proven interest in, and familiarity with cross-discipline discussions;

Excellent working knowledge of English, with the ability to provide editorial feedback on submissions;

Experience in editing high quality academic publications, either in the form of edited collections or journals;

Proven commitment to deadlines and production schedules. 

Desirable:

The candidate should ideally hold a position at a respected academic institution.

The candidate’s institution should ideally be prepared to support the editor.

Candidates are asked to send a letter of application, addressing their qualifications and experience in the areas named above, along with a CV and his/her vision about the work of editor and editorial board to the President of the Gypsy Lore Society, Professor Elena Marushiakova, emp9@st-andrews.ac.uk, and to Sheila Salo, sheila.salo@gmail.com, by 1 June 2017.

These applications will be shared with all members of the Gypsy Lore Society Board of Directors, except those who are candidates themselves, who will of course withdraw from the process. The Board of Directors may adopt a shortlisting procedure if the number of candidates warrants. All disappointed candidates will receive feedback on the decision of their candidature.

 

 

 

2017 Annual Meeting and Conference Registration Open

posted Dec 2, 2016, 12:12 PM by Sheila Salo   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 12:13 PM ]

Registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy /  Romani Studies, to take place at the University of Cyprus New Campus, Nicosia, August 30 - September 1, 2017 is now open.

Find links to the registration and payment forms on the Annual Meeting pages.

Further details of the conference, including accommodation, banquet, and an optional excursion, will be found on the same page.



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