Romani Studies in the Digital Age

Friday March 7, 2014

Indiana University
Fine Arts Building 102
Bloomington, Indiana

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 Professor Lynn M. Hooker, Department of Central Eurasian Studies.


Symposium Schedule:

Note: this schedule is subject to change.

12:15–12:45PM:
Representing the Roma in the Twenty-First Century
Lynn M. Hooker, Associate Professor, Indiana University, Dept. of Central Eurasian Studies

12:45–1:30PM:
Film presentation: Performing Romani Identity in the Borderlands of Ukraine and Moldova
Shaun Williams, Graduate Student, Indiana University, Dept. of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

1:30-2:45PM:
Roma culture in the triangle of representation, emancipation and institutionalization
Gábor Fleck, Lecturer, Budapest Business School and Research Fellow, Institute for Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and Péter Szuhay, Senior Curator, Hungarian Museum of Ethnography

2:45-3PM: Coffee Break

3-4PM:
Film screening: “Roma in Central and Eastern Europe: Linguistic, Ethnic, and Occupational Groupings” (in Hungarian with English subtitles).
Followed by conversation with director Péter Szuhay

4-5:30PM: Keynote address:
Roma: Explaining Today through History
Ian Hancock, Harold C. and Alice T. Nowlin Regents Professor in Liberal Arts, University of Texas-Austin, and Director, Romani Archives and Documentation Center

8M: (at Woodburn Hall 003)
“Late birth: The formation of Hungary’s Roma intellectual movement" - in Hungarian with English subtitles (directed by Péter Szuhay and Edit Kőszegi, 2002)
Followed by a discussion with co-director Péter Szuhay

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