Budapest, Hungary

Romani Identities and Antigypsyism

when 6 July 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 300

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course has been postponed to 2021.

The course will focus on the nexus between Romani identities and antigypsyism. Antigypsyism is a core concept of critical Romani studies, and can be used methodologically, analytically and theoretically as a way of understanding the position of Roma in Europe historically and in the present moment. A growing body of scholarship grounds our understanding of antigypsyism in the Europeanization of the Roma issue and neoliberal regime expansion following the fall of communism. Other scholars originate antygypsyism in the nation-state building process. Some scholars define antigypsyism as an ideology and as a code of conduct that has been central to European culture.

Course leader

Ethel Brooks, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
Angela Kocze, Romani Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Iulius Rostas, Romani Studies Program, Central European University, Budap

Target group

We invite applications from graduate students worldwide.

This course is aimed at PhD and MA students, as well as practitioners, and looks to include programming that will appeal to and draw in a larger Romani and non-Romani public. Particularly, we seek to inform the fields of critical studies, Romani studies, feminist and cultural studies, sociology and history. It will appeal to students, scholars, and practitioners currently working in the field of Romani and ethnic studies. We are especially interested in recruiting scholars at an early stage in their career of Romani background, but do welcome applications by non Roma (Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty) with a proven relevant research and teaching record, in the field of performance studies, history, sociology, political science or related humanities and social science disciplines. The interdisciplinary nature of the proposed course will most likely result in a diverse group of participants from a cross-section of disciplines and countries.

The course is primarily aimed at graduate students having some familiarity with Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Visual Arts or Romani Studies. Students will be invited to prepare a paper (c.a. 1000 words) or a performance piece to submit upon admission, which will be circulated in advance to be presented and discussed in groups with other students and faculty.

Course aim

The aim of this CEU Summer School is to link participating students and scholars with a transnational network of scholars, performers, community activists, and artists in order to investigate the usage and potential of critical performance as a socially engaged practice within and between Romani communities. The questions this summer school aims to address are: What is the relationship between Romani performance, Romani iterations of performativity and hegemonic knowledge production? What are the slippages amongst these practices? What is the potential in these slippages and iterations for different forms of agency, especially in light of the current violence confronting Romani subjects across Europe? The summer school will serve as a platform from which we can develop communities of scholarship and practice that feature Roma at their center, as well as a mentoring network, scholarly outputs and practical engagement with Romani communities through performance, artistic and scholarly practice.

Credits info

1 EC
Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 300: payable until May 28, 2020
EUR 270: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2020


Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver
• accommodation grant
• travel grant (full or partial)