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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Lore Society established the Marian Madison Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholars’ Prize in Romani Studies for the best unpublished paper by a young scholar on a topic in Gypsy and Traveler Studies.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.
Gypsy Lore Society Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies
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.
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
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, and to Sheila Salo, email@example.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.
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.
The Gypsy Lore Society established the Marian Madison Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholar’s 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 paper will be published, after any necessary revisions, in an issue of the journal Romani Studies.
In order to be eligible the papers have to be:
· Written by undergraduate students, graduate students beyond their first year of study and PhDs up to 3 years after awarding of the degree;
· Discuss any topic in the field of Romani Studies;
· Unpublished and not under consideration for publication at the time of submission;
· Submitted in English.
The deadline for receipt of papers for the current cycle is October 30, 2016.
For more details consult the GLS website at http://www.gypsyloresociety.org/gypsy-lore-society-young-scholars-prize or contact Sofiya Zahova, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies will be held August 30 through September 1, 2017 at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, on its New Campus.The call for papers has now been published. See the Annual Meeting page for details.
Abstracts of the papers accepted for presentation are now posted on the Gypsy Lore Society web site. Please consult the Preliminary Program in conjunction with the list of abstracts.
Register for the conference by June 31, 2016. Use the same form to book your place at the conference dinner (banquet).
Through the generosity of the organizers, no conference fees will be charged.