Conference: Romani Roots, Shared Stories

By Stephen Naron - April 1, 2024

Romani Study Group Conference: Romani Roots, Shared Stories

The event is free, open to the public and will take place in Sterling Memorial Library's Lecture Hall.

A working group of graduate students from four different universities is meeting at Yale on April 4, 2024 to convene a conference titled Romani Roots, Shared Stories. The students, who manage the working group and organize regular events and conferences, will present papers about their ongoing research on a diverse range of topics related to Roma history, society, and culture. The event is being convened by Yale lecturer, Ian MacMillen, whose research examines, among other things, the connection of Romani musical performance and discourses on violence, trauma, and reconciliation.

The event is co-sponsored by the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies and will feature a keynote lecture by Dr. Maria Bogdan, who was appointed in 2023 as a two-year Fortunoff Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.

The conference organizers ask that you RSVP prior to attendance at:

There is also an opportunity to attend via ZOOM by registering here.

Conference program

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Introductory Presentation

Isaura Bozu, Peace Corps, Thailand, “My Roma Road”

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Panel 1: Shaping the Romani Cultural & Historical Landscape: Memory, Art and Agency in Europe

Natasza Gawlick, Carolina-Duke German Studies, "Roma Armee’s Call to Arms: Fostering Non-Territorial Community through Theater"

Alexandra Szabo, Brandeis University, “The Genocide of the Lovara”

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Panel 2: The Power of Stories: Conversations with Traveller Communities and Sharing Personal Narratives

Zara Browne, University of Nevada, Reno, “‘We Don’t Put Ours in Homes’: Care, Community, and Irish Traveller Identity in Murphy Village”

Shiloh Harrill, Lafayette College, “The Causes and Consequences of Discrimination against the Czech and Slovak Roma”

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Keynote and Discussion

Dr. Maria Bogdan, Fortunoff Research Fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and Dr. Ian MacMillen, Lecturer at Yale University

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