Critical Approaches to Romani Studies - Call for Papers

Scholars are invited to submit abstracts for the conference Critical Approaches to Romani Studies organized by the Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative of the Central European University (CEU) to take place in Budapest, Hungary on May 25-26, 2017.

CEU RES seeks paper proposals for panel of this conference. Whilst papers covering any aspect of Romani studies using critical approaches and methods will be considered, we are especially keen to receive papers on the following topics:

  1. The relevance of Postcolonial studies for Romani studies
  2. Romani women’s activism and gender politics
  3. Critical Race Theory and researching oppression of Roma
  4. Antigypsyism and challenges to the dominant narratives on Roma

Proposals are welcome from researchers at all stages of their careers (including MA graduates and PhD students). Young scholars of Romani origin are particularly encouraged to apply. Please send submissions including the author’s name, the title, a 500-word-long abstract, a 100-word-long biography, and institutional affiliation (if relevant) to

Deadline for submission: April 16, 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified by April 25. Original (not yet published) draft papers are to be submitted by May 20.  All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the academic program committee.

The Roma in European Societies initiative has been launched in 2016 as the first of its kind in higher education a new interdisciplinary effort to support existing work to improve the situation of Roma in all sectors at local, national, and regional levels through teaching and research, leadership development and community outreach funded by a consortium of grant makers the VELUX FoundationsOpen Society Foundations’ Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) and the Roma Education Fund (REF).