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Romani Studies in the Digital Age

Fri, Mar 7, 12:15 pm to 5:30 pm
Fine Arts Building 102

Romani Studies–broadly speaking, the study of the Roma, Sinti, Gypsies, and Travellers–is a growing sector of the Academy across disciplines, ranging from sociology, anthropology, and political science to linguistics, history, and studies of performance and visual arts. Given that the field as a whole is burgeoning, it is problematic that so many items published on Roma in news outlets or elsewhere on the Internet are misleading, due either to stereotyping, antiquated or hostile perspectives on ethnicity or culture, poor scholarship, or other biases and, in some cases, outright fabrication.

This workshop aims to examine the problems that arise from repetition of such poor information, and to promote the distribution of accurate reporting and research on Roma topics via the development of a “virtual Roma cultural house”–a peer-reviewed site for the circulation of materials in Romani Studies. The internationally known experts featured in this event will offer their perspectives on issues in Roma history, culture, and current events. 

Convened by Prof. Lynn M. Hooker of Indiana University’s Department of Central Eurasian Studies. Speakers include Péter Szuhay of the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography, Gábor Fleck of the Budapest Business School and the MTA Institute for Sociology, and Shaun Williams of Indiana’s Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Our keynote speaker is the Honorable Ian Hancock of the University of Texas and the Romani Archives and Documentation Center.