Call for Papers
Romani/Gypsy Arts and Letters

A symposium at New York University as part of the Opre Khetanes IV program organized by the Initiative for Romani Music in conjunction with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Voice of Roma, April 23-24, 2016.  The program will also include a film screening at NYU and a concert at Le Poisson Rouge.
Proposals for presentations of scholarly, artistic, and/or activist nature will be accepted.  We will accept proposals for the following two categories:

• 10-minute presentations geared toward a general audience.  Such presentations may include structured talks, audiovisual demonstrations, recitations, interactive experiences, or other forms of communication.
• 20-minute papers in the fields of musicology, anthropology, sociology, history, political science, Romani studies and related disciplines.

Presentations and papers can be on any subject related to representations and perceptions of of Romani (Gypsy) people. Through presentations and informal discussions, the meeting will encourage dialogue between performers, activists and scholars.
The meeting will address a range of questions, including but not limited to the following:
    •    What are the roads and obstacles to Romani participation in public and private institutions?
    •    What does it mean to be Romani in the 21st century?
    •    What roles does language play in forming Romani identities?
    •    How do Romani authors engage with cultural and other topics?
    •    How can the practice of music counteract or perpetuate “Gypsy” stereotypes?
    •    How might Romani speakers, scholars, and performers attain a greater voice in the public sphere?
    •    To what extent do Roma have access to, and an active voice in, secondary and tertiary education?
    •    How and to what ends do Romani artists and service providers engage in self-essentializing, both within their communities and in public settings?

We will allot limited number of virtual presentation slots to presenters who, for financial or other pressing logistical reasons, are unable to attend the conference in person.  In this case, presenters would deliver their presentations live via Skype from their home location.  Preference will be given to those located outside the United States.  If you meet these criteria and would prefer to deliver a virtual presentation, please indicate this in your submission email.

Please send a 500-word abstract to irm.nyu at by December 15, including your name, affiliation (if any), the best way to reach you,
and the category (10-minute general presentation or 20-minute academic paper) of your proposal.

For more information, please visit the website of the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University (, which links directly to the conference website ( as well as the website of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (