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

In cooperation with Open Society Foundations

Course date

29 June - 10 July, 2015
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Ethel Brooks

Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
Course Faculty: 

Thomas Acton

University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

Daniel Baker

artist, UK

Nicoleta Bitu

Center for Romani Studies, National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Jane Collins

Transnational Art, Identity and Nation Research Centre, University of the Arts London, UK

Petra Gelbart

Music, New York University, USA

Angela Kocze

Romani Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Delaine Le Bas

Artist, UK

Liviu Matei

Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Ciprian Necula

Romano ButiQ, Roma Culture Museum Bucharest and ROMED2/ROMACT, Romania

Iulius Rostas

Romani Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Hedina Tahirovic Sijercic

University of Leuven, Belgium/University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mihai Surdu

University College Freiburg, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

The Summer School will focus on the nexus between Romani studies and performance, with special attention paid to questions of visual culture and representation. The disquiet around increasing violence against and marginalization of Roma across Europe lends this course a special urgency. The course will focus particularly on the enduring hierarchies, exclusions and stereotypes that Romani communities and individual citizens face in everyday life and in multiple sites and structures of the nation-state. It will explore artistic practice—particularly in the area of performance—with any eye toward openings for disruption and contestation, and will analyze the Romani histories across Europe and globally through the prism of post-colonial critique and the possibilities of decolonization.

The summer school will bring together academics and students with artists, activists and community stakeholders in a partnership that focuses on knowledge production and best practice. The school will be led by eminent Roma and non-Roma, and will feature outstanding Romani scholars and policymakers amongst its faculty. 

We are especially interested in recruiting young scholars of Romani background, (Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty) with a proven relevant research and teaching record, in the field of performance studies, history, sociology, political science or related humanities and social science disciplines. While the course is primarily aimed at encouraging young academics and those who are thinking of taking up an academic career to integrate Romani Studies and socio-cultural dimensions of performance practice and policy issues in their future research and teaching, it will also be of help to performance and other arts practitioners, policymakers and public servants, and others who deal with Romani communities in policy-making institutions.