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

2021 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies

Gypsy Lore Society conferences are among 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.

The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies is scheduled for 8–11 September 2021 and will be held in Prague. The academic conference will take place September 8 through September 10. An excursion to the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno is planned for September 11.

The 2020 Conference planned for Prague and organized together with Charles University had to be postponed due to covid-19 pandemic. We are happy to announce that the location and organizers will stay the same for the 2021 Conference. Taking into account last year‘s experience, the event will be organized as a hybrid conference in order to allow all contributors to participate either in person, if possible, or on-line. Any necessary changes to the conference arrangements will be announced on this website.

The conference organizers confirm that the 2021 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Romani Studies will be a hybrid event, hoping the pandemic situation will allow those who decide to travel to meet in Prague. We are delighted that a rather large number of you decided to come to Prague and sincerely hope to be able to welcome you here.

Conference information is also accessible at

The deadline for submission of paper abstracts and prearranged panel proposals was 7 March 2021. The call for papers and presentation instructions have been archived for reference.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Important dates:

Deadline for submission of papers and pre-arranged panel proposals: 7 March 2021.

Deadline for the confirmation of contributions accepted for 2020 GLS Conference: 7 March 2021 (we will be grateful for all earlier confirmations).

Notification of acceptance of new proposals by the Academic Committee: 31 March 2021.

Update for Conference Participants

Final Book of Abstracts

Conference Registration and Payment

Conference registration and fee payment.

Early-bird payment: 100 €, GLS members 80 € (1 April – 31 May 2021)

Regular payment: 120 €, GLS members 100 € (1 June 2021 – 15 August 2021)

Please note that on-site payments will not be accepted. Conference fees are not refundable.

The conference fee is calculated to cover especially the costs of the necessary IT support to enable the organization of the hybrid format of the conference. Additional costs covering specific support to enable on-line presentations and covering the needs of in-person participants amount to roughly the same. Furthermore we expect that participants may have to change their decisions regarding on-line or on-site attendance at the last moment due to changes in pandemic regulations. For these reasons the conference fee does not distinguish between on-line and on-site attendance. Costs related to possible on-site programs the extent of which will be dependent on current Czech regulations will be covered separately by those who decide to attend.

Stipends to cover conference fees may be available to PhD students, early-career scholars, and retirees whose conference papers have been accepted for. Send inquiries to

Through the generosity of its members, the Gypsy Lore Society awards two stipends of $500 each to eligible Conference participants enrolled in a PhD program or those up to three years past completion of their PhD requirements. Find details below.

Join the Gypsy Lore Society. New members will pay the GLS members’ fee for the conference.

Membership is $40 per year and includes subscription to the journal Romani Studies and the Newsletter of the Gypsy Lore Society.

Venue of the conference:

Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague (Palachovo náměstí 2, Praha 1)

Accommodation of participants attending in person will have to be organized individually. A limited number of pre-booked rooms in University facilities will be offered. Watch this website for hotel recommendations and travel information.

Social events and a day-trip outside Prague for participants attending the conference in person will be organized only if conditions and regulations related to the current epidemiological situation will allow. We are happy to announce that the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno is our partner for the organization of the planned excursion.

Academic Committee:

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

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

Elena Marushiakova Popova, Professor of History, University of St Andrews (Scotland)

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

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

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

Conference Organizing Committee:

Pavel Kubaník, Charles University

Helena Sadílková, Charles University

Sheila Salo, Treasurer of the Gypsy Lore Society

Zdeněk Uherek, Charles University

Approved Panels

List of approved open panels

The panels are open for contributions by any researchers interested in the topics indicated.

Detailed description of the panels. Panel abstracts in pdf.

Anthropology and History in Romani Studies

Conceptualizing Antigypsyism: Prospects for Theoretical Developments and Empirical Research Opportunities

Contemporary Challenges and Futures of Roma Housing

Environmental Justice for Roma

Groups Understood as Gypsies with no Romani Heritage: Similarities and Differences

International Romani Literature(s): Approaches to a “New” World Literature

Migration and Adaptation to New Environments

Pal o Roma romanes / Pa Rom romanes (Panel in Romani)

Religion(s) among Roma/Gypsies (churches, religious movements and institutions)

Roma, Education and Employability of New Generations

Roma in the Period between WWI and WWII

List of approved pre-arranged panels

The panels are closed and only include contributions by invited presenters. Panel abstracts as above.

Antigypsyism in Education

Future Directions of the Gypsy Lore Society: Scholarship, Activism, Names, Purposes

Responding to the State: Uncovering Romani Agency in Early Modern and Colonial Atlantic Worlds

Other Information:

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

Conference Photos

Photos from past conferences.

Financial Aid

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,, by 20 April 2021. 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.

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.