Gender studies, History, Performance Studies, Postcolonial studies, Romani studies, Sociology, Visual arts

Course date

11 July - 22 July, 2016

Previous experience - Performing Romani Identity

2018 course participants said:

"The course covered a variety of themes and concepts that are for the most part central to my current research. It was interesting to discuss with other participants whocame from different backgrounds and disciplines, and may have a different approach to these topics. I really appreciated Colin's group work on ethics, and will certainlyreflect more on that in regards to my own work. Discussions around authenticity, impartiality as well as the risks of mainstreaming equality were very interesting to me; Ithink it will help me to conceptualise anti-racism in a different light, and will make me question my position as a PhD student more."

"I was stuck with my master's thesis before the course but being in an academic environment focused on Romani studies helped me move past that block. I will beincorporating anti-gypsyism more substantially in my thesis now, and also focusing more on its structural aspects and the role the majority plays in perpetuating it."

What were the strengths of the CEU summer course you attended? "Knowledgeable expert Roma staff taking the lead and informing me as to the issues at hand. Networking with staff and colleagues. Raising my confidence in writing and teaching on Roma issues. Feeling supported by everyone there. The atmosphere was very collegial."


2016 course participants said:

The course "is helpful for my work because now a I have a larger perspective about Roma Identity. I am saying these because I learnt that we should have differnt approaches: starting with the community level, going to the academic level and finishing with the European level (Roma represention)."

"I have been working on the area of Roma Issue for many years and it was very useful as it provided me with a broader knowledge about Roma and gave me an opportunity to share my experience with other scholars from various contexts."

"The topics covered gave me much insights for my future research, specially the classes in public policy. Also the Performance/art class was something new to me, which I would like to take some research in the future. As it is for the classroom - the first one was to uncomfortable very hot inside and sometimes did not let the students concentrate."

"The course was useful for me mostly because I met participants whose works and researches in this field are very interesting and as a result we might work together sometime in the future. ..."

"It was empowering to see other Roma and Traveller teachers. The reading material and thought provoking teaching will advance my studies."

2015 course participants said:

"I think the course was very innovative, it brought new perspectives and insights, touching upon new and accurate themes in Romani Studies. The approach towards Romani Studies was a novelty in itself, providing a fresh analytical look at the academic discipline. It was also unorthodox in terms of teaching, class dynamics and providing a thought provoking environment. Many of us felt that this summer school was somehow historic, with a majority of Romani faculty members."

"The new appoach to Romani studies of this course helped me put in historical context my own academic research and the very legacy of Romani Studies developed over the decades. By showing the intersection between academic research and policymaking or activism, I was able to understand better the position of academia in the world, and not as a detached and falsely objective intellectual exercize. This approach to Romani Studies is very timely also in the context of development of humanities in general since it increases intersectionality, interdisciplinary approach and the search for links between the academic world and other arenas."

"The course (and participants) provided a diverse range of perspectives from various fields, and the collegial atmosphere gave me the feeling that we were truly a community with common goals. The ability to share my ideas and questions with such a knowledgeable group of specialists in a welcoming and open environment was invaluable."

This course "was the first in its kind bringing together Roma and non Roma scholars, faculty, Roma activists and
artists to have a constructive debate on how better develop Romani identity/ how we can better perform it."

"I learned about the impending need of a paradigmatic shift in Romani Studies that has been in store for some
years. It was very refreshing to have Romani scholars share their experiences instead of a coursed designed
by people that assume who Romani people are or should be."