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Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia


Preliminary Programme




September 10, 2014

Institute of Ethnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Klemensova 19, Bratislava



Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society Board of Directors


September 11, 2014

Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Mlynské Luhy 4, Bratislava


10:00 - 12:00


12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:30

Aula, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Mlynské Luhy 4, Bratislava

Opening of the 2014 Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Romani Studies

Elena Marushiakova, President, Gypsy Lore Society

Representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, TBC.

Representative of Representation of European Commission in Slovakia, TBC.

Peter Pollák, Government Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities, TBC.


13:30 - 14:00

Thomas Acton and Sarah Cemlyn et al., Why We Need to up our Numbers Game:  A Non-Parametric Approach to the Methodology and Politics of the Demography of Roma, Gypsy, Traveller and Other Ethnic Populations

14:00 - 14:30

Viktor Elšík, Linguistic Atlas of Central Romani: Dialectological Patterns and Their Non-Linguistic Relevance

14:30 - 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 - 17:00


-Social Welfare-

-Social Policies-



-Historical Perspectives-

-Archive Sources-


-Gypsy/Romani Groups in the World-



Religion in Roma Studies, convened by Tatiana Podolinská 

Yaron Matras, Viktor D. Leggio and Mirela Sutac, ‘Charities to the Rescue!’: Outsourcing Support for Roma Migrants as a Municipal Integration Strategy

Sheila Salo, The Ludar of Huerfano County, Colorado

Elena Marushiakova and Veselin Popov, The Gypsies (Rom – Lom – Dom) in Georgia

Margaret Greenfields, If Not Me – Then Who? If Not Now Then When?’: The Theological and Ethical Reasoning of Faith-Based Social Action with Romani and Traveller Peoples

Colin Clark, Integration, Asociality and the Moral ‘Othering’ of Roma Communities in Britain

Nurşen Gürboğa, Twice a Stranger: The 1923 Population Exchange between Turkey and Greece and the Experiences of the Muslim Roma Population as Newcomers

Marcos Toyansk, The Portuguese Gypsies in Brazil

Antonio Montañés, Pentecostal Gypsies in Spain

Stefania Toma, ‘The Roma? Beneficiaries of Social Assistance.’ Social Worker’s Attitudes toward Romanian Roma

Eugenia Ivanova and Velčo Krastev, The Gypsies in the Bulgarian Army during the World War II (1939-1945)

Alexandra Parrs, The Invisible Others: Gypsies in Egypt

Ksenia P. Trofimova, Transformation of Funeral Customs among Muslim Romani Communities in the Balkans: Scenarios in the Framework of Re-Islamisation

András Morauszki, Notions and Factors of Success in Social Welfare Programmes

Viorel Achim, What Gypsies in Romanian Principalities Thought about Their Emancipation from Slavery? Note on Archival Documents from the Period 1856-1859

Hamied Al Hashimi and Sihem Brahimi, Marginalising the Sub-Cultures: A Comparative Study of the Gypsy's Case in Iraq and Algeria

Punita G. Singh, The Invention of Tradition and Religious Appropriation of a Mythica Figure as Patron Saint: The Case of Sarah, Gypsy Goddess in Southern France

Andrej Belák, Welcome to Take Care of the Awkward Part: on the Grasp of Roma Participation within Slovak Health Policy

Valdemar Kalinin, Standardisation and Russification of the Romani (Gypsy) Language and Its Impact on the Romani Communities in the Baltic States

Trajko Petrovski, Three annual (calendar) customs and rituals of Roma in Skopje

Tatiana Podolinská, Redefinition of Romipen after religious conversion. Case study from Slovakia


19:00 - 22:00

Welcome Party, Pálffyho palác, Zámocká 47, Bratislava



September 12, 2014

Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Mlynské Luhy 4, Bratislava


9:00 - 10:30


-Linguistic Perspectives-





The Experience, Problems, and Romani Studies of Roma/Gypsies in Slovakia and Former Czechoslovakia (1), convened by Eva Davidová


-State Policies-


Michael Beníšek, The Sociolinguistic Situation of Two Romani Communities in Uzhhorod

Ion Duminica, Migration of Roma in Moldova – between East and West

Eva Davidová, The Experience and the Problems of Roma and Romani Studies in Slovakia and Former Czechoslovakia

Fabio Provenzano, ‘It’s All about Territory': the Study of a Segregated Group of Roma in Rome (Italy)


Chryso Pelekani and Helen Kyratji,

A Socio-Cultural Analysis of the Language Contact between Turkish-Cypriot Gurbeties and Greek-Cypriot Children Living in a Neighbourhood at the City of Limassol (Cyprus)

Costel Pavel Grigoras, Migration Policies: a Factor of Academic Instability for the Roma Children in France

Will Guy, Residential segregation’ –

a Self-Explanatory Term


Csaba Fényes, Defining the Target Group in Roma Policies


Kimmo Granqvist, Finnish Romani and Other Northern Dialects of Romani in the Baltic Sea Area

Airi Markkanen, Transnational Families, Migration and Gender Romanian Roma

in Romania and Finland

Arne Mann, History of Scientific Interest in Slovakia

Shukti Chaudhuri-Brill, Integrating Difference: French Discourses of Roma Alterity


Anna Rácová, The New Roles of  Romani as a Language of a National Minority in the Slovak Republic


Alexander Mušinka, Cultural and Sociological Elements  of Romani Research in Slovakia

Adam Slaby, Between Social Exclusion, Ascriptive Hegemony and Political (De)Representations –

A Critical Survey of Contemporary Roma Inclusion Policies in the Czech Republic

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:30



Critical Approaches to Roma Participation and Empowerment (1), convened by Márton Rövid and Bálint-Ábel Bereményi



-Children and Youth-



The Experience, Problems, and Romani Studies of Roma/Gypsies in Slovakia and Former Czechoslovakia  (2), convened by Eva Davidová



-Group Boundaries-

Jekatyerina Dunajeva, ‘Bad Gypsies’ and ‘Good Roma’: Constructing Ethnic and Political Identities in Russia and Hungary

Pavel Kubaník, Pretend play in Romani Settlements

Helena Sadílková, Post-War Migration of Roma in Czechoslovakia during Communism: Approaches, Images, Interpretations

Lidia Gripenberg, Ame sam Roma! – We are Roma! The Interaction between Finnish Roma People and Bulgarian Roma People Visiting or Living in Finland

Greta Persico, Playing Empowerment: Good Ideas and Bad Practices in an Italian Sinti Political Participation Experience of an Inter-Institutional Committee

Julia White, ‘She wants to go outside and Watch How We Play': Acts of (School) Resistance by Members of Slovak Romani Communities

Ondřej Cinkajzl, Romani Criminality in the Context of the Czechoslovak Normalization Regime

Andrea Lvová, Social Distance and Proximity: ‘Amare’ v. ‘Aver’ Roma

Bálint-Ábel Bereményi, Empowering Structures, Disempowering Agency through Roma Families' Participation in School

Lucie Čechovská, Roma Youth Identities – the Strategies of Being

Eva Krekovičová, The Comic figure of a Rom in Slovakia and Its Changes over Time

Mirian Alves de Souza, Ciganos, Roma and Gypsies: an Identity Project and Political Codification in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Toronto (Canada)

Heather Tidrick, Discourses of Roma Integration in Post-Socialist Hungary

William New et al., Mother-Tongue Education in Pre-School Settings: Roma Children in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic


Sanja Zlatanović, Boundary in the Post-War Context: Serbs and ‘Serbian Gypsies’ of Southeast Kosovo

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 15:00



Critical approaches to Roma Participation and Empowerment (2), convened by Márton Rövid and Bálint-Ábel Bereményi


-Gender Perspectives-

-Economic Strategies-


-Education and Integration-



Muslim Roma Issues of Language and Identity (1), convened by Hristo Kyuchukov


Tobias Marx, Roma/Gypsy Representatives, Prestige, and Education: Value Shift and Institutional Narrow-Mindedness

Özge Burcu Günes, Exclusion, Development Programmes, and Economic and Financial Strategies of Romani Women in Sakarya, Turkey

Estera Kövérová, Way from School to Community

Hristo Kyuchukov, Language Acquisition, Language Learning and Identity Change among Muslim Roma Children in Berlin − Two Cases


Tomáš Hrustič, Participation Strategies of Romani Representatives in the Political Process in Slovakia

Serena D'Agostino, Deinstitutionalising Intersectional Equality Policy Indicators.

Policies towards Roma Women in Central and Eastern Europe as a Test Case

Christina Rodell Olgaç and Angelina Dimiter-Taikon, Increasing Cultural Capital in a Course for Romani Mediators in Swedish Schools

Barış Giray, Language, Culture and Identity of Muslim Roma


Anna Mirga, Critical Approaches to Gitano Youth Participation

Slawomir Kapralski, Gendered Roma Mobilisation: Local Strategies of Romani Women’s Activities in Poland and Slovakia

Kitty Baracsi, Inclusion to the Void? The Case of Roma Students in Naples

Sava Samuilov et al., The Identity Change among Muslim Roma Youth in Berlin: Socio-Psychological Approach


Michaela Stejskalová, How the Future Roma Elites in the Czech Republic See Their Emancipation?

Ľuboš Kovács, Post-Socialist Urban Marginality in Central Europe as a Determinant of Roma Economic Strategies and Social Capital

Viktoria Baltag, Roma Culture: Promoting and Acquiring Knowledge. Learning and Teaching Strategies inside a Roma Community in Romania

Biser Alekov et al., Rebuilding Identity among Migrant Muslim Roma in Belgium and Germany

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:30



Critical approaches to Roma Participation and Empowerment  (3), convened by Márton Rövid and Bálint-Ábel Bereményi



Roma/ Gypsies and public policies in the Iberian Peninsula, convened by Olga Magano and Maria Mendes


-Musicological Perspectives-



Muslim Roma Issues of Language and Identity (2), convened by Hristo Kyuchukov


Martin Kovats, The Roma Political Phenomenon

Olga Magano, et al., School Vulnerability of Roma/Gypsies in Portugal: the Impact of

Public Policies

Barbara Rose Lange, The 'Huttyan Affair': Romani Music and Intellectual Property Rights in the European Union

Güsüm Islak and Momchil Shopov, Identity issues among muslin Roma women in Bulgaria


Márton Rövid, Hegemony, Empowerment, Emancipation: a Critical Overview of the Pro-Roma Global Civil Society

Maria Manuela Mendes et al., Everyday Racism Experienced by Gypsies in Portugal

Kai Viljami Åberg, Music as Performance Issues of Musical Communication among Finnish Kaale


Ahmet Yusuf Chahrour, Sociolinguistic Situation of Balkan Muslim Roma


Andrew Ryder and Marius Taba, ‘Cock Up’, ‘Stitch Up’ or ‘The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship’

Nicolau Lurdes, The Impact of Public Policies on Social and Cultural Changes of the Roma/Gypsies

Serpil Murtezaoğlu, Irmak Engin and Can Murtezaoğlu, Romani Music Culture in Istanbul within the Context of Social Change

Burak Dalkılıç, Crimean Roma in Bulgaria


Chiara Manzoni, Living in a Slum Waiting for a Home. Survival Strategies Adopted by Roma in a Housing Project

Stefano Piemontese and Alba Castellsagué et al., Ethnicization of Nomadism as a Control to Mobility Regimes

Zbyněk Andrš, Ethnocultural Symbolism in the Song Folklore of the Ethnic Group Known as the Slovak Roma

Marianna Seslavinskaya, Genesis and Migration of the Crimean Roma


Vera Messing, The Mutual Interrelatedness of Participation and Empowerment: the Case of the Media in Hungary

Ana Urbiola, Guillermo B. Willis, Josefa Ruiz-Romero and Miguel Moya, Social Attitudes toward Spanish Gypsies: Cultural Diversity, Prejudice and Support for Social


James Deutsch, As Unusual as Any Music the American Listener Has Ever Heard: The Gypsy Albums of Monitor Records

Carol Silverman, Muslim Balkan Migrant Roma in Diaspora: Gender, Work, Ritual, and Music in Three Sites


Banquet, Restaurant and Hotel Matyšák, Pražská 15, Bratislava


September 13, 2014

Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Mlynské Luhy 4, Bratislava


9:00 - 11:00


-Historical Perspectives-


-State Policies-









Danijel Vojak and Neven Kovačev, Perception of and the Attitude towards Roma in Media Publications of the Independent State of Croatia, 1941-1945

Balász Dobos, The Political Mobilisation Strategies of Roma Parties in Hungary

Jan Červenka, Individualisation in Romani Art: Three Ways of Relating to a Tradition

Sema Balaman, Mugats and the Purification Ritual


Andrej Kotljarchuk, World War II and the Registration of Romani minority in Ukraine, Denmark and Sweden

Maciej Witkowski, Integration? Shmekeria? Potlach? Using Gifts Economy as a Tactic for Integrating Roma

Sofiya Zahova, Common Roma/Gypsy Identity Narratives in Romani Children Books

Ulderico Daniele, The Transition to Adulthood of Young Roma Living in a Nomad Camp


Adrian Nicolae Furtuna, Social Representation of the Roma Deportations to Transnistria

Dezső Máté, Generational Change of the Roma Graduates and the Impact of Social Resilience

Mary Humphrey, Why and How: Reflections of a Photographer

Elena Uspenskaya, Hindu culture connotations for Roma-Gadzhe dichotomy in anthropological perspective


Lucia Segľová, Persecution of Roma in Region Turiec in 1939-1945

Dana Gabriková, Ivan Bernasovský, Martin Mistrík, Daniela Grejtáková and Soňa Mačeková, Detection of Rare Mutations in Slovak Roma

Milada Závodská, The Need to Know One´s Own History in the Work of the Romani Author Rudolf Daniel The Presentation and Partial Analysis of the Unpublished Manuscript ‘Housle a kůň' (The Violin and the Horse)

Vojtěch Pelikán, The Role of  Agriculture in the Lives of Roma from Spiš, Slovakia


Jo Govaerts, Jan Yoors’ books about his life with the Gypsies: an autobiographic account or a personal message to the post-Holocaust world




11:00 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00


European Policies towards Roma            

Panel in cooperation with Representation of European Commission in Slovakia and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung



14:00 - 15:30


Annual Meeting of Gypsy Lore Society



Book of Abstracts

Abstracts of the organized panels will be found here.

Conference Venue

Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences Comenius University
Mlynské luhy 4
821 05 Bratislava
The Slovak Republic

Map of the conference venue

Map of all conference events and hotels

Conference Registration

Registration fees (your registration fee includes all conference sessions, welcome party, coffee breaks, conference package and book of abstracts):

Early Bird Registration:  Registration before June 15th,  45 Euro 

Registration from June 16th to September 10th:  55 Euro

Registration during the conference opening:  60 Euro

Conference fee discount:

A few conference participants from low income countries, unemployed, or young participants can apply for a conference registration fee discount and will pay only 20 Euro for registration. Participants who are eligible and interested in registration fee discount should send their CVs and motivation letter indicating reasons for discount to conference email address, gls.2014@savba.sk, with subject "conference fee discount".

Banquet: 45 Euro

Includes dinner, wine tasting with explanation about Slovak wines, live music  

Please specify in the transaction that the payment is for the banquet.

Lunch in the conference venue: 15 Euro

For those who are interested, organizers will arrange a catering company serving warm lunch in the conference venue. This will cost additional 15 Euro (includes 2 lunches). The capacity of lunch offer in the conference venue is limited up to 40 lunches per one day. Please indicate in the transaction that the payment is for 2 lunches.

You can also have lunch in local restaurants in the vicinity of the conference venue. Prices for lunch vary from 5 to 10 Euro. 

There are two ways to pay all registration fees:

  •   International wire transfer to the bank account of the Slovak Association for Studies of Religion (Slovak acronym SSSN); one of the co-organizers of the conference:

        IBAN: SK5111000000002623126063



Please indicated what you are you paying for in the payment reference (for example: REGISTRATION; or REGISTRATION + BANQUET; or REGISTRATION + BANQUET + LUNCH; or REGISTRATION + LUNCH).

For any inquiries regarding payments please use the conference address, gls.2014@savba.sk

How to get to Bratislava

For international flights to Bratislava you can choose the airport in Bratislava or the airport in Vienna (there are more direct flights to Vienna from all European destinations).

Transfers from the Vienna airport to Bratislava:

The most convenient is to take a direct bus to Bratislava (from Flughafen Wien Busterminal) to Bratislava (to Autobusová stanica Mlynske Nivy). By bus it takes 60 minutes to get to Bratislava city center. More information about bus schedules see Vienna airport - Bratislava bus information

Transfers from the Bratislava airport to Bratislava city center:

From the airport (Letisko) you can take Bus No. 61 (with final destination Hlavna stanica, Main train station) or Bus No. 96.

You can use also a taxi but it is recommended to make a phone call rather than just take a first taxi at the airport or train/bus station to avoid over-exaggerated prices (the normal price ranges from 5 to 10 €).

There are many taxi services in Bratislava:


How to get to the conference venue

From the main train station (Hlavná stanica) you can get trolleybus No. 201 (step out on the station Brodna (app. 20 min).

From the main bus station (Autobusová stanica) you can get trolleybus No. 202 (step out on station Brodna, app. 10 min.) and 208 (step out on station Radnične namestie (app. 10 min). You can buy public transportation tickets (e.g. 24 hours ticket for 4.50 €; 48 hours for 8.30 €; 72 hours for 10 €) at automatic machines at bus and tram stops.

You can also take a taxi to conference venue, average prices from city center to conference venue should range from 4 to 7 €, depending on the company.

Welcome party

On Thursday, September 11 at 6pm, the organizers will hold a welcome party for the conference participants.


Palffyho palac
Zamocka 47

Pálffy Palace is a 17th-century building on Zámocká Street in the Old Town of Bratislava, Slovakia, situated just underneath the Bratislava Castle. It is the summer pavilion of a large palace complex that was slowly demolished after the year 1900. Today, the building is used for cultural events.

map of the welcome party venue


On Friday, September 12 at 7 pm there will be a banquet for the participants of the conference.


Restaurant and Hotel Matyšák
Pražská 15


The Matyšák Hotel has become famous also thanks to the wine Matyšák Restaurant which is known for its quality and delicious cuisine for which it has been awarded several prestigious prizes. The cuisine is Pannonian; i.e., it focuses mainly on Slovak, Czech and Hungarian specialities.

Selection of Hotels in Bratislava

Hotels in the city center

Hotel Ibis, very good location, 3 minutes from the welcome party venue.

Zamocka 38, Bratislava


Hotel Perugia

Zelena 5, Bratislava


Art Hotel William

Laurinska 17, Bratislava


Hotel Devin

Riecna 4, Bratislava


Park Inn Danube

Rybne namestie 1, Bratislava


Penzion Gremium

Gorkeho 11, Bratislava


Pension Petit

Suche Myto 19, Bratislava


Downtown Backpacker’s Hostel

Panenska 31, Bratislava


Hotels near the banquet venue

Loft Hotel Bratislava,

Stefanikova 4,


Mercure Bratislava Centrum, near main train station.

Zabotova 2,


Hotels near the conference venue

Hotel Bratislava,

Seberiniho 9,


The hotel is 10 minutes walking distance from the conference venue; however, it is far from the city center.

For information about the conference at the web site of the Institute of Ethnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences,  see http://www.uet.sav.sk/?q=en/gypsy-lore-society.