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June is Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month

Pictured: The French Holocaust survivor Raymond Gurême (1925-2020), an outstanding personality of the Sinti and Roma civil rights movement in Europe.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller History Month recognizes the history and celebrates the cultures, traditions, and contributions of Gypsy, Roma and Traveler communities. See a growing list of digital #GRTHM2020 activities here.

As we reach the end of the month, we would like to spotlight our growing Romani Studies series edited by anthropologist Sam Beck. This series aims to remove the stigma surrounding Roma scholarship, to engage with the controversies regarding Roma identity and, in this way, counter anti-Roma racism. Scroll down for new and featured titles in this important series, as well as related titles on Roma studies.


Romani Studies

THE ROMA AND THEIR STRUGGLE FOR IDENTITYIN CONTEMPORARY EUROPE
Edited by Huub van Baar and Angéla Kóczé

Thirty years after the collapse of Communism, and at a time of increasing anti-migrant and anti-Roma sentiment, this book analyses how Roma identity is expressed in contemporary Europe. From backgrounds ranging from political theory, postcolonial, cultural and gender studies to art history, feminist critique and anthropology, the contributors reflect on the extent to which a politics of identity regarding historically disadvantaged, racialized minorities such as the Roma can still be legitimately articulated.
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INWARD LOOKING
The Impact of Migration on Romanipe from the Romani Perspective
Aleksandar G. Marinov

At present, Roma are an integral part of Europe, though they face structural and social inequalities and different forms of exclusion and discrimination. Inward Looking seeks to understand the relationship between Romani identity, performance and migration. Particularly, it studies the idea of ‘Romanipe’ through the prism of the personal accounts of Romani migrants.It also seeks to understand the relationships between the Romani groups in Europe, due to their increased travel and convergence, and predict the effects of migration on (new) Romani consciousness. The findings are based on qualitative data gathered from Romani migrants from three towns in Bulgaria.
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FORTHCOMING IN PAPERBACK
ROMA ACTIVISM
Reimagining Power and Knowledge
Edited by Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc

This volume offers a wide array of perspectives for those wishing to better understand critical debates within Romani studies and Roma/pro-Roma activism. It will in particular be a welcome contribution for those already invested in these spheres and wishing for in-depth analyses of shifts and trends in knowledge production and mobilisation.” • Social Anthropology/anthropologie sociale
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ROMANI STUDIES SERIES
Editor: Sam Beck, Cornell University

In the course of the twenty-first century, Europe has become aware that the Roma are its largest minority, with an estimated population of 11 million people. As a result, Romani Studies has emerged as an interdisciplinary field that offers perspectives derived from the humanities and social sciences in the context of state and transnational institutions.

Read our interview with series editor Sam Beck.

Related Titles

STAGING CITIZENSHIP
Roma, Performance and Belongingin EU Romania
Ioana Szeman
Vol. 11, Dance and Performance Studies
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THE ROMANI MOVEMENT
Minority Politics and Ethnic Mobilization in Contemporary Central Europe
Peter Vermeersch
Vol. 4, Ethnopolitics
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GYPSY ECONOMY
Romani Livelihoods and Notions of Worth in the 21st Century
Edited by Micol Brazzabeni, Manuela Ivone Cunha, and Martin Fotta
Vol. 3, The Human Economy
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THE NAZI GENOCIDE OF THE ROMA
Reassessmentand Commemoration
Edited by AntonWeiss-Wendt
Vol. 17, War and Genocide

Related Berghahn Journal Articles

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Emplacing Smells: Spatialities and Materialities of ‘Gypsiness’
Andreea Racleș and Ana Ivasiuc (Vol. 28, Issue 1)
ANTHROPOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN CULTURES

“It’s building up to something and it won’t be nice when it erupts”: The making of Roma/Gypsy migrants in post-industrial Scotland
Jan Grill (Issue 62)
FOCAAL
Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology

Improving and protecting human rights: A reflection of the quality of education for migrant and marginalized Roma children in Europe
Silvia-Maria Chireac and Anna Devis Arbona (Vol. 6, Issue 3)
REGIONS AND COHESION


A Ritual Demystified: The Work of Anti-wonder among Sufi Reformists and Traditionalists in a Macedonian Roma Neighborhood
Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic (Vol. 10)
RELIGION AND SOCIETY
Advances in Research

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