Course date

7 July - 25 July, 2003
Application deadline:
15 February, 2003
Course Director(s): 

Michael Stewart

University College London, UK / Open City Docs Festival in London, UK/ Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Victor Friedman

Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago, United States of America

Paloma Gay y Blasco

Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews, UK

Nicolae Gheorghe

Academy of Sciences, Bucharest, Romania

Katalin Kovalcsik

Institute of Musicology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Yaron Matras

Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK

Leo Lucassen

University of Amsterdam, History, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wim Willems

Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Michael Zimmermann

Bochum University, Section of Education and Culture, Bochum, Germany

The course will introduce participants to a range of perspectives from linguistics, anthropology and history in researching Romany and Gypsy social forms. Participants will learn how Roma issues cannot be treated in isolation as the problem of one ethnic group and yet how, at the same time, Roma cannot just be lumped together with other poor people. Participants will learn that to understand Roma/non-Roma relations is to develop a deeper (and essential) understanding of their own societies.

Romany Studies was dominated through the 20th century by folkloristic, linguistic and then anthropological work. Only at the end of the century, and largely in the Netherlands and Germany, did a historical approach to Romany experience emerge. This course will provide an opportunity, bringing together the leading players in the field, to thrash out some of the differences and explore how an interdisciplinary perspective will provide a rigorous set of academic challenges for the next generation of researchers.