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.

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2024 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 takes place in a different country, and is organised by the Gypsy Lore Society in cooperation with local academic institutions.

General Information

The 2024 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies is scheduled for September 25th -27th 2024 and will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference is organised on behalf of the Gypsy Lore Society by the Balkan Ethnology Department, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The Ethnographic Institute with a Museum was established in 1949 when the Institute of People’s Studies (1947) was merged with the National Ethnographic Museum (1906). The institute (now named Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) conducts research, educational and applied activities in the fields of ethnology, folkloristics, cultural and social anthropology, ethnomusicology,ethnochoreology, art studies, and museology. Research is carried out in a Balkan, European, and global context ( https://iefem.bas.bg/en/ ).

The venue of the conference will be announced at the end of May 2024.

Travel, accommodation, and other useful information will be posted at the end of May 2024. Please note that participants are expected to arrange their own travel to Sofia and accommodation.

Call for Papers

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. Both theoretical studies and empirical contributions, including good fieldwork presentations, are welcome. We are inviting open panel and pre-arranged panel proposals. Panels and individual paper proposals undergo a peer-review process by the Academic Committee. Each conference attendee may submit only one individual paper proposal and one co-authored paper proposal. Papers should be planned to last 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes allotted for discussion.

Deadline for open panel proposals: 15 March 2024

Deadline for individual paper proposals and pre-arranged panel proposals: 15 April 2024.

Authors will be notified whether their proposals have been accepted by 15 May 2024.

The conference will be held in person.

Open panel proposals should include:

Individual paper proposals should include:

Pre-arranged panel proposals should include:

All proposals should be submitted in doc, docx, or rtf format to: gypsyloreconference2024@gmail.com

Open Panel Abstracts

Two open panels have been accepted for the conference. Click here for details of the open panel. Abstracts for those open panels should be sent by the deadline of 15 April 2024, the same deadline as for individual paper abstracts. Applicants should submit their abstracts to the organizers with a copy to the conference email (gypsyloreconference2024@gmail.com). Applicants must specify in their proposals that they are applying for a specific open panel. 

Tour

The organisers of the conference intend to offer a post-conference tour to Roma communities one day after the conference at personal cost. Please if you intend to attend save the additional day in your travel schedule.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: gypsyloreconference2024@gmail.com

Registration: information about conference registration and conference fee payment instructions will be posted at the end of May 2024.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of open panel proposals: 15 March 2024

Deadline for submission of papers and pre-arranged panel proposals: 15 April 2024

Deadline for the confirmation of contributions accepted for 2024 GLS Conference: 15 May 2024

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, treasurer.gypsyloresociety@gmail.com, by 30 May 2024. The letter should indicate your school and program and what other sources of aid are available to you.


Conference Academic Committee

Tatiana Zachar Podolinská, DSc, Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology at Slovak Academy of Sciences, President of the Gypsy Lore Society (Slovakia)

Elena Marushiakova-Popova, PhD, Professor, Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology at Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia)

Vesselin Popov, PhD, Professor, Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology at Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia)

Hristo Kyuchukov, Professor Dr. Habil., University of Katowice (Poland)

Magdalena Slavkova, PhD, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

Yelis Erolova, PhD, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

Lilyana Kovacheva, PhD, Vice President of the Gypsy Lore Society (Bulgaria)

Marcos Toyansk, Senior researcher, SESC/University of São Paulo (Brazil)

Conference Organising Committee

Magdalena Slavkova, PhD, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

Yelis Erolova, PhD, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

Vanya Ivanova, PhD, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

Plamena Stoyanova, PhD, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

Behrin Shopova, PhD, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)

Lilyana Kovacheva, PhD, Vice President of the Gypsy Lore Society (Bulgaria)

Julia Popcheva, PhD candidate, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)


We look forward to welcoming you in Sofia in September 2024!


Future Meetings

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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.