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)
Belgrade, Serbia (2022)
Bratislava, Slovakia (2014)
Bucharest, Romania (2018)
Budapest, Hungary (2002)
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2021)
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
2023 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies
The 2023 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies will be organised in São Paulo, Brazil, from the 3rd to the 6th October 2023. The conference is organised on behalf of the Gypsy Lore Society by Sesc São Paulo and will take place at the Centro de Pesquisa e Formação (Research Center), Dr Plínio Barreto 285, 4th floor, São Paulo. The opening session and artistic presentations will take place at the same venue.
Sesc SP (Centro de Pesquisa e Formação São Paolo) is a Brazilian non-profit cultural institution created in 1946 as an initiative of the entrepreneurs in the commerce, services, and tourism industries, who support and manage it.
Centro de Pesquisa e Formação: Centro de Pesquisa e Formação (sescsp.org.br)
Sesc Consolação: Serviços | Sesc Consolação - Sesc São Paulo : Sesc São Paulo (sescsp.org.br)
Gypsy Lore Society conferences are the largest annual scholarly events devoted to Romani Studies worldwide (see information about previous annual meetings at www.gypsyloresociety.org). We invite contributions on any aspect of Romani Studies and encourage participants from various disciplines, including history, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, political science, linguistics, international studies, security studies, area studies, economics, geography, literature, and other fields of humanities and social sciences. Panels and papers presenting interdisciplinary research, as well as synergies between academic research and practice are also welcome.
Languages of the conference are English, Portuguese and Romani. Proposals for pre-arranged panels in Spanish will be accepted.
The conference will be held in person; there will be limited opportunities to participate virtually.
We look forward to welcoming you in São Paulo in October 2023!
The 2023 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies will be organised in São Paulo, Brazil, from the 3rd to the 6th October 2023. The conference is organised on behalf of the Gypsy Lore Society by Sesc São Paulo and will take place at the Centro de Pesquisa e Formação (Research Center), Dr Plínio Barreto 285, 4th floor, São Paulo.
The times indicated on the program are local time – São Paulo (BRT).
Courtesy of Sesc, simultaneous translation - English/Portuguese/English - will be provided for all sessions.
Opening. The official opening session, musical pocket show and films exhibition will take place at the Centro de Pesquisa e Formação (Research Center), Dr Plínio Barreto 285, 4th floor, São Paulo.
Papers. Participants presenting papers will be allocated 20 minutes for presenting with 10 minutes for discussion.
Online participation. The links and instructions on how to join the individual sessions will be sent by e-mail for those planning to participate online. We expect to send the information by 28th September.
Infrastructure. All conference rooms are equipped with computer, sound system and projector. Simultaneous translation - English/Portuguese/English - will be provided for all sessions.
WiFi. Internet access will be provided at the conference venue through a WiFi connection.
The conference is free of charge. The organisers will offer free access to the conference sessions, musical concert, films exhibition and São Paulo Art Biennale tour.
Meals. Sesc will offer coffee breaks and free transportation to/from a restaurant during lunch time. Lunch and dinner will not be offered.
Transport and accommodation. Accommodation, transport from/to airport and/or hotels will not be offered.
Airport to São Paulo. The Conference venue/Paulista avenue can be reach by car, train/subway or bus. The easiest way is by car, which costs around US12 (uber) or US21 (taxi).
Another easy and cheaper option is getting a bus. Airport bus service provides buses departing from Guarulhos (GRU) Airport to Paulista avenue. It costs around US8. http://www.airportbusservice.com.br
In the city. São Paulo has a dense public transportation network. São Paulo’s subway (Metrô) is a safe and fast way to cross the city. It forms part of the largest metropolitan rail transport network of Latin America.
It does not cover the entire urban area in the city of São Paulo but serves the most São Paulo’s points of interest.
Conference venue is close to lines 2 (green) and 4 (yellow):
Hotels near the conference venue
Hotel The Universe Paulista by Intercity - Rua Pamplona 83
Intercity São Paulo Paulista - Rua Haddock Lobo 294
Radisson Hotel Paulista São Paulo - Alameda Santos 85
Novotel São Paulo Jaraguá - Rua Martins Fontes 71
Nicolas Broussain of Sesc will be available for occasional assistance on practical matters during the conference days. He can be contacted at 55-11- 98808-6581.
For enquiries in relation to the conference, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you in São Paulo!
The Organizing Committee
Conference registration opens 15 August 2023. Registration closed September 15, 2023.
All participants, whether attending in person or online, must register. Please note that registration is not possible on the spot during the conference days.
Use this link to register: https://forms.office.com/r/NfURRiV6E5
The links and instructions on how to join the individual sessions will be sent by e-mail for those planning to participate online. We expect to send the information by 26th September.
Viorel Achim, Senior researcher, Nicolae Iorga Institute of History, Romanian Academy of Sciences
Elena Marushiakova, Professor of History, University of St Andrews
Tatiana Zachar Podolinská, President of the Gypsy Lore Society / Director the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology at the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Marcos Toyansk, Senior researcher, SESC / University of São Paulo
Sofiya Zahova, Researcher at the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute, University of Iceland
Sabrina Brésio, Sesc São Paulo
Rosana Catelli, Sesc São Paulo
Sheila Salo, Treasurer, Gypsy Lore Society
Marcos Toyansk Senior researcher, SESC / University of São Paulo
Other information to be included in your submission email:
If you need a Letter of Invitation for the Visa for other purposes, please contact email@example.com.
See list of countries that need a visa to travel to Brazil Visa Requirements by Country — Ministério das Relações Exteriores (www.gov.br)
The government of Brazil has postponed the reinstatement of the visa requirement for nationals of Australia, Canada and the United States until January 10, 2024. Earlier it was announced that visa requirements for these countries would be in effect beginning October 1, 2023.
15 May 2023: Deadline for sending open panel proposals
30 June 2023: Deadline for sending individual paper proposals and pre-arranged panel proposals
15 July 2023: Announcement of acceptance or rejection
15 August 2023: Announcement of preliminary programme and opening of registration
3-6 October 2023: Conference days
The conference will be held at Centro de Pesquisa e Formação (Research Center), Dr Plínio Barreto 285, 4th floor, São Paulo. The venue is in the very heart of São Paulo and within walking distance from many hotels and accommodation options.
Internet access will be provided at the conference venue through a WiFi connection.
Travel, accommodation, and other useful information will be posted in the near future.
For enquiries in relation to the conference, please write to the conference email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions concerning technicalities at the conference venue, contact the Conference Organising Committee email@example.com.
Gypsy Lore Society
Through the generosity of its members, the Gypsy Lore Society will award two stipends of $500 each to eligible in-person participants or eight awards of the conference fee to remote 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.
Gypsy Lore Society members will receive priority.
Applicants should send a letter of application to the Gypsy Lore Society treasurer, firstname.lastname@example.org, by 30 July 2023. The letter should indicate your school and program and what other sources of aid are available to you.
Watch this space for updates on coming meetings.
Photos from past conferences.