Anthropology, Nationalism studies, Romany studies, Sociology

Course date

6 July - 24 July, 1998
Application deadline
15 February, 1998
Course Director(s): 

Janos Ladanyi

Sociology, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Thomas Acton

University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

David Crowe

Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States of America

Gyorgy Csepeli

Department of Sociology, Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary

Nicolae Gheorghe

Academy of Sciences, Bucharest, Romania

Ian Hancock

Department of Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Zdenka Jarab

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Dimitrina Petrova

European Roma Rights Center, Budapest, Hungary

Michael Stewart

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

Andras Suranyi

Film director, Budapest, Hungary

Ivan Szelenyi

New York University, Abu Dhabi

Peter Szuhay

Ethnographic Museum, Budapest, Hungary
As an area in the world with the largest percentage of Roma Community, Central and Eastern Europe poses as a testing ground for understanding this often misunderstood culture and for designing ideas that may help this community productively interact with the majority populations within each of the countries that they inhabit. For years as well as today, Roma have faced prejudice, impoverishment, and forced assimilation. These conditions have been a result as well as a direct cause for their continual marginalization.
A program on the Roma community has therefore been developed in order to assess the current situation in Central and Eastern Europe through an interdisciplinary scheme and a variety of experts, especially those from the region itself. The audience of such a program would then be academics involved in Roma research, teachers and government officials, all of whom would benefit from the five blocks that the program includes. These five blocks are listed below. In a three week program, the content of these five blocks can be adequately discussed, debated in such an interdisciplinary program which will meet the criteria for all audiences. The five blocks will take place during the following weeks:
Week 1: Introduction and History/Views of the Majority
Week 2: Self-Identity & Views of the Majority Roma as a Minority Status
Week 3: Ethnic Conflict Resolution/Sociology
Purpose of the Course
The purpose of the Roma program is to bring together those in the region and beyond who will coordinate efforts to work on Roma issues in the near future, whether they be academics, government officials, local reporters, ethnographists, sociologists, etc. Thus this germane issue will be examined with the knowledge of experts, analysis of field work, insight of Roma perception in the media and film industry, and through many facets of today’s society.
Course Description
As per this announcement, the courses offered include the following: Roma Identity and Allegiance: Compromise for the Future, Roma in the World, The Eastern European Underclass, Minorities and the State, Roma Human Rights, Roma within Structures, Roma Issues in Teacher Training in the Czech Republic, as well as film nights conceptualizing the perception of Roma via cinema and in the eyes of the majority population in various communities. These courses and others fit the above blocks.
We have recruited some of the world’s most famous Romanologists in order to give to this program a unique perspective via different disciplines from anthropology to history and sociology. We have also found representatives from many of the countries the Roma presently live in. By combining all of the experts, the students of this course will come out of it with the best knowledge of Romanology anywhere in the world. Students will be required to attend all lectures and seminars. We also encourage attendance at the night films and lectures which will be open to the entire Budapest community interested in Roma studies.