Prague Forum for Romani Histories

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The Lecture of Kateřina Čapková in Písek

The Lecture of Kateřina Čapková in Písek

30 September 2020

Lecture by historian Kateřina Čapková, Ph.D. on the Holocaust in the Czechoslovakia with a focus on Jews and Roma.

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The annual traditional commemorative ceremony at Lety u Písku

The annual traditional commemorative ceremony at Lety u Písku

2 August 2020

The annual traditional commemorative ceremony at Lety u Písku, which is always held on 13 May, will be postponed this year to 2 August 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is organized by Čeněk Růžička,...

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Film and Discussion: New Documentary Film LETY

Film and Discussion: New Documentary Film LETY

27 January 2020

On Monday, 27 January at 18:00 the documentary film "LETY" will be screened at BIO OKO in Prague, followed by a discussion among invited guests on the broader context of the Holocaust of the Roma in Bohemia. 27 January was...

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International Conference: Trajectories of Romani Migrations and Mobilities in Europe and Beyond (1945 – present)

International Conference: Trajectories of Romani Migrations and Mobilities in Europe and Beyond (1945 – present)

16-18 September 2019, Prague

The conference will bring together scholars from across a variety of disciplines to present empirically grounded accounts of the multiple dimensions of Romani mobilities since 1945 in order to analyse connections between...

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Family History Workshop: Tracing the Fate of Individuals in the USHMM Archives

9 September, 2019

Consultation workshop for familes of Romani and Sinti survivors in the Czech Republic. Organized in cooperation with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington Researchers from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s...

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Workshop: Stereotypical Representations of Roma and Jews in Photographs

Workshop: Stereotypical Representations of Roma and Jews in Photographs

15th October 2018

For an invitation in pdf, please download here. For a poster in pdf, please download here. The workshop will take place at the French Institute, Štěpánská 35, Prague 1 Program of the workshop 16:30-18:00 HISTORICAL...

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Lecture: Jan Grill – Normalizing Uncertainty. Tracing Brexit-Effects in the Lives Slovak and Czech Roma Migrants in Britain (and Beyond)

Lecture: Jan Grill – Normalizing Uncertainty. Tracing Brexit-Effects in the Lives Slovak and Czech Roma Migrants in Britain (and Beyond)

13 June 2018, 5 PM

This is a joint event with CEFRES in Prague. Jan Grill is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Valle, Colombia. He is also Research Associate at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University...

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Public discussion: Forced Sterilization of Romani Women in the Czech(oslovak) Contexts: Past and Present

Public discussion: Forced Sterilization of Romani Women in the Czech(oslovak) Contexts: Past and Present

12 June 2018, 6 PM

A public discussion with participants in the academic workshop focused on analysing the reasoning behind the forced sterilization of Roma in the Czech(oslovak) Republic in the context of eugenics and the welfare state. Invited...

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Workshop: Forced Sterilization of Romani Women in the Czech(oslovak) and European Contexts: Past and Present

Workshop: Forced Sterilization of Romani Women in the Czech(oslovak) and European Contexts: Past and Present

An international workshop for registered participants organized at NYU in Prague. The workshop will focus on analysing the reasoning behind the forced sterilization of Roma in the Czech(oslovak) Republic in the context of...

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Exhibition by Zdeněk Daniel: My Black-and-White Shadows – Memento Mori

Exhibition by Zdeněk Daniel: My Black-and-White Shadows – Memento Mori

May 9-29 2018

“My Black-and-White Shadows: Memento Mori” is an exhibition of paintings by Zdeněk Daniel (born 1970), an architect and artist from Jablonec nad Nisou. His father, Zdeněk Daniel, Senior (born 1929), was saved from the...

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Prague Forum for Romani Histories

Prague Forum for Romani Histories was established at the Institute of Contemporary History (Czech Academy of Sciences) at the first meeting of its steering committee in Prague in September 2016.

The founders of the Forum have been aware of the fact that the study of Roma in Europe has long been the province of folklorists, philologists, and ethnologists, while Romani history as a field of inquiry has suffered from fragmentation and isolation. Furthermore, research related to Roma has not been not accepted as an integral component of historical research in and of the region. The Forum has been established, because no academic platform existed in Europe to support historical research focused on Roma and to facilitate discussion among scholars in the social sciences and humanities about their research agendas in order to develop and coordinate joint research projects.

The Prague Forum for Romani Histories is, therefore, an academic initiative designed to promote interdisciplinary, intersectional and transnational scholarship that transcends these constraints. Its overarching goal is to assert the centrality of the study of Roma for a comprehensive understanding of European history and contemporary societies. Thus the aim of the Forum is to: (1) foster academic research on Roma in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by focusing on historically informed approaches and supporting alternative and emerging avenues of inquiry, and (2) cultivate dialogue with historians, sociologists, anthropologists, philologists and other scholars outside the field of Romani Studies with the aim of situating the study of Roma as central for rethinking European history.

The full Founding Statement of the Forum can be found here.

The Forum is primarily focused on academic research but welcomes debate and initiatives supporting the co-production of knowledge with groups outside academia. We are especially interested in events organized in cooperation with members of the Romani community.

The structure of the Forum

The Forum is institutionally based at the Institute of Contemporary History (Czech Academy of Sciences) and is run by its steering committee.

The activities of the Forum are coordinated by Kateřina Čapková, Helena Sadílková, and Renata Berkyová.

Contact person of the Forum is Renata Berkyová: berkyova@usd.cas.cz

Activities of the Forum

Biennial conference in Romani history

The Forum is organizing and hosting an international conference every two years in Prague, starting in autumn 2017.
For more on conferences co-organized by the Forum, please see here.

Other events

The Forum is also organizing smaller and focused workshops, round table discussions and individual lectures on Romani history; exhibitions which are either result of academic research projects in cooperation with the Roma and Sinti communities, or art exhibitions of Romani artists related to Romani history; and screening of films related to Romani history
Please see more on other events here.

Research projects and scholarly publications about Romani history

Members of the steering committee are applying and leading international research projects and publishing scholarly publications. To ensure the widest audience for the work of the Forum, we will encourage participants in the Forum’s programs to seek audiences in fields to which the history of Roma can make a substantial contribution. We may also prepare special issues in peer-reviewed (English and German-language) journals, including journals of east-central, eastern and south-east Europe.
For the current international research project of the Forum, please see here.

 

 






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