Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies

The University of California, Berkeley is pleased to announce the 2011 Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies on November 10th, 2011. The conference will gather established and emerging scholars engaging new methodological approaches within the field of Romani Studies, a burgeoning and interdisciplinary field that explores the history, culture and politics of Romanies (Gypsies) in global contexts. By examining and exploring the various strategies by which Romanies have represented themselves and others - both in dialogue with and apart from the larger societies in which they live - the Inaugural Conference in Romani Studies seeks to stimulate research in this rapidly-growing field.

Welcome to our website. Here you will find information related to the conference, including our schedule and materials of interest.

Dr. Ian Hancock delivers his Keynote Address: Romani Origins and Identity: New Directions. Check out complete video from the Romani Studies Conference, now online!

Check out our updated Conference Schedule!

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION!

November 11, Friday, noon-2pm
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

An interdisciplinary conversation featuring:

Carol Silverman, ethnomusicologist
Traci Lindsey, linguist
Petra Gelbart, vocalist and scholar
Crina Elena Morteanu, human rights lawyer

Located in the Ida Sproul Room, International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave
(at Bancroft St.)
Sponsored by the International House.

Evening Film Screening at the Pacific Film Archive!!!

We are pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with the Pacific Film Archive to present a controversial and fascinating recent documentary about Romanies in Macedonia. The screening will take place the evening of the conference, Thursday November 10th at 7:30 pm at the Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California. 

Shutka Book of Records (2005, Czech Republic)

Mystics cavort with goofballs in this wily documentary about the Shutka neighborhood of Skopje, Macedonia, the largest Romani (“Gypsy”) quarter in Europe. Everyone here is the proud champion of something – Residents boast of their fighting geese, music collections, and vampire hunting fetes – but melancholy loiters amidst the dervishes and wideboys. This deceptively lighthearted film delves into the idiosyncrasies of daily life in a large Romani ghetto and brings to light the persecution of Europe’s largest transnational minority. Variously called madcap and mocking by critics, this alluring film by Alexander Manic exposes the isolation skulking behind every wide smile and strut.

Introduced by Sandra Ristovska, University of Pennsylvania. Silencing Images: The Controversy of Shutka Book of Records

A court on Tuesday declared valid a municipal decree authorising the eviction of Romanies living on the outskirts of Marseille. photo: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

A court on Tuesday declared valid a municipal decree authorising the eviction of Romanies living on the outskirts of Marseille. photo: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

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