Anthropology, Demography, Ethno-musicology, Ethnology, History, Political science, Romany studies, Sociology

Course date

9 July - 20 July, 2012
31 March, 2012
The application deadline expired. Late applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Course Director(s): 

Michael Stewart

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

Laszlo Foszto

European Academic Network on Romani Studies/ The Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj, Romania
Course Faculty: 

Gerhard Baumgartner

University of Applied Sciences FH-Joanneum, Graz, Austria

Paloma Gay y Blasco

Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews, UK

Jan Grill

Department of Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews, UK

Katalin Kovalcsik

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

Yaron Matras

Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK

Jean-Luc Poueyto

Identités, Territoires, Expressions, Mobilités, Université de Pau, France

Huub van Baar

Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This sub course is aimed at doctoral students who seek an academic research career and will be largely run in the format of  a doctoral school focused on exploring the students’ work with the help and advice of senior staff. It is based on around 20 presentations by the doctoral students, discussed both by allocated peer reviewers and by the assembled senior scholars in the traditional form of a thesis writing seminar.

In addition to this core work we will invite leading researchers from Anthropology, Musicology, Linguistics and History to also give one lecture on their current research. Trainers invited and their topics include:

Paloma Gay y Blasco (with Liria de la Cruz a Gitano activist) - Breaking through the Gitano Law – personhood, closure and the potential of moral ambiguity.

Jan Grill– Romany migration within the EU focussing particularly on the way experience of migration among Slovak Roma in Glasgow has impacted on identity strategies in this community. Experiences of migration, enabled through the re-organised political space of Europe, shape Roma migrants’ sense of belonging and their ways of identification.

Michael Stewart – Populism and anti-Romany politics - Racism, neo fascism or a new form of populism? The rise of cultural xenophobia and redemptive anti-Romany politics.

Yaron MatrasLinguistics, Identity, Ethnicity and MigrationLinguistic and anthropological perspectives on the notion of 'Gypsy'.

Shared Elements between the four sub courses:

  • The course will hold an electronic seminar prior to the summer school to introduce members of staff and to kick start preparatory work among the selected students.
  • We will offer a special event – Romany Studies, Francophone Approaches with simultaneous translation from French to English thus enabling leading figures in the field (Jean-Luc Poueyto and Patrick Williams), who have never been able to participate in these schools before to present their work:
  • A unique feature of the summer school will be a two day field trip (June 12-14) and assessment-exercise to two Romany communities near Miskolc in Hungary. This will provide students not only with a ‘hands-on’ experience in ‘rapid survey work’ but also the opportunity to reflect on the use of such methods in teaching and a key ‘network building’ event.

Participants will receive full funding (travel, accommodation and living costs) covered by the Council of Europe and the European Commission.