Anthropology, Demography, History, Political science, Public policy, Romany studies, Social theory, Sociology

Course date

25 June - 14 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: 

Balint Abel Beremenyi

Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain

Lilla Farkas

Chance for Children Foundation / Hungarian Equal Treatment Authority's Advisory Board, Budapest, Hungary

Juan Francisco Gamella

Department of Social Anthropology, University of Granada, Spain

Zeljko Jovanovic

Open Society Roma Initiatives, Budapest, Hungary

Gabor Kezdi

Department of Economics, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Yaron Matras

Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK

Kalman Mizsei

Roma Policy Board, Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary/Visiting faculty, Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Jean-Luc Poueyto

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

Patrick Simon

Institut National d'Etudes Démographiques, Paris, France

Klara Trencsenyi

Film director, cinematographer

Alekos Tsolakis

European Economic and Social Committee, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Huub van Baar

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

Eniko Magyari-Vincze

European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

Tunde Virag

Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

In this sub-course students will confront a wide range of training models and taught modules. Approaches from a number of fields will be brought together: public policy and sociology;demography; evaluation in theory and practice; the law and discrimination; The European Union Roma Strategy; the challenge of schooling. Senior staff will provide training in their own field. An important part of the training will be multi- and interdisciplinary seminars in which participants will be confronted with the diverse perspectives of their senior trainers and will be encouraged to think across these divisions. One special section of the course will deal with an assessment of the National Strategies proposed by EU states for integrating Romany populations.

The training will aim to provide all the participants with the intellectual tools to take a critical look both at current practice and, through an examination of academic research, to consider what might replace current often rather poor or even bad practice.

Course format

  • An important part of the training will be multi- and interdisciplinary seminars in which participants will be confronted with the diverse perspectives of their senior trainers and will be encouraged to think across these divisions.
  • Prior to the main summer school (June 25-29) the course would offer a one week hands-on training in the use of cameras in documenting social research. This is not a film making training but a hands on opportunity for students to acquire essential transferrable skills in using camera and basic laptop facilities to document, edit and publish digital material about policy, research or campaign work. Klara Trencsenyi will teach this section and Michael Stewart will provide three seminars on Roma in Film.
  • The course will hold an electronic classroom/seminar prior to the summer school to introduce members of staff and to kick start preparatory work among the selected students.
  • The course 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 summer courses 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.