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

Course date

11 July - 22 July, 2016

Experiences of past course participants

“The arguments and the points raised were very important to continue my research and my PHD. Also, the participants expressed very different points of views in subjects and were very passionate to support them, so this gave me the impulse to research more and add even more perspectives in my research area. … The feedback that the professors and the participants gave me helped me a lot as also their contacts and I wish to continue working with them because each one of them has a different expertise. The synthesis of all these elements as also the books lead to find this course so useful.”

 “I met amazing people with whom I would love to cooperate in the future. I really enjoyed the readings and having been acquainted with the leading figures of critical Romani studies. It was an utmost enjoyable, inspiring but also challenging experience.”

“A mixed group of Roma and non-Roma participants with diverse backgrounds, from Central and Eastern Europe and the Global South and North. There was space given to bring in the different expertise of the group members.”

"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 who came 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 certainly reflect more on that in regard to my own work. Discussions around authenticity, impartiality as well as the risks of mainstreaming equality were very interesting to me; I think 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 be incorporating 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."