Prague Forum for Romani Histories

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

16-18 September 2019, Prague

About Speakers Programme Location / Accom.

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 various forms of past mobilities and migrations and the most recent movements of various Romani groupings. The conference will be held in Prague on September 16-18, 2019. (conference invitation)

Over the past decade, a growing number of research projects, publications, and media have focused on Romani migrations and mobilities. However, most of these studies have only rarely combined the study of historical continuities and social trajectories shaping the present-day migratory movements. Anthropological and sociological accounts have documented contemporary strategies of Romani migrants, the production of legal classifications, and explored the politics shaping Romani mobilities. Additionally, the trope of “nomadism” has continued to inform the discussions as a foundational concept (often as a simplified “straw man”) that researchers embrace or oppose to explain their arguments. We invite researchers to interrogate the utility and limitations of this binary and to move beyond it through conceptually innovative analyses of movement, circulation, migration and the concomitant social and existential mobilities they imply in the context of the post-World War II era, bearing in mind that a large part of local Romani communities have been part of the European sedentary population.

The conference also aims to contribute to the incipient field of comparative studies of Romani mobilities with a focus on the second half of 20th century and from intersectional perspectives. Whereas recent research has documented the suffering and persecution of Romani groups during World War Two, post-war developments have not received the same measure of attention. These include, for instance, Romani experiences of returning to destroyed homes, government attempts to resettle and disperse Romani populations by force, labor and other internal migrations in search of better lives enchanted by the opportunities available in more industrialised cities, or navigating through ‘compensation schemes’ introduced by various state and international agencies.

Many members of previously persecuted minorities, including Roma, hoped for a better future in the context of massive post-war projects to restructure European states. In Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe most of the local Roma aspired – together with others – to greater social mobility and full membership through socialist citizenship. Socialist projects to reach the ‘greater common good’ and societal equality, however, also entailed forced displacements and new regimes of disciplining the Romani bodies to cultivate working-class citizens out of Romani/Gypsy groupings. On the other hand, post-war aspirations and trajectories of (social) mobility of the Roma in the ‘West’ remain largely unexplored, as well as the participation of Roma in movements and navigations across the East-West divide (and beyond).  Similarly, relatively few studies explore the social mobility of Roma linked with gendered changes and (re)negotiation of inter-community relations, as well as other mechanisms and dispositifs along which members of Romani communities renegotiated their (stigmatized) ‘Gypsyness’ in post-war times.

Thus, we invite various contributions to explore a wide range of mobilities and different intersections and/or entanglements between often contradictory developments, which can be understood as a condition for mobility, including physical movement and a change in social position. Additionally, the conference organisers welcome empirical and theoretical discussions of Romani mobilities as oscillating between modes of dispersal and containment, between forced mobilities and efforts to carve out autonomous movements and spaces.

Conference themes and areas of interest
The conference aims to bring together various empirically grounded and historically informed studies exploring different kinds of mobility and immobility in Europe and beyond. Locating these mobilities in the broader political, social, historical and cultural contexts and forces, contributors are invited to reflect on both voluntary and forced migration, patterns of seasonal mobility, and various forms of mobility (e.g. existential, physical, social) as a reaction to oppressive conditions as well as newly opened possibilities. We welcome in particular proposals that focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Different trajectories and modes of Romani mobilities from 1945 to the present
  • Movement as a mode of escaping oppressive and asymmetric conditions
  • Intersectional studies of mobilities addressing gendered, classed, raced/ethnicised differentiations and other intertwined dimensions of social domination
  • Connections between mobilities and forms of violence (physical, symbolic, everyday, structural)
  • Romani migration during the period of socialist high-modernist policies – strategies deployed to attain upward social mobilities; forced displacements and resettlement schemes
  • Mobility between oppressive policies of racial containment and dispersal, on the one hand, and resistance and resilience of various Romani individuals and groups, on the other
  • Romani civil and political rights movements and their relation to physical and social mobility
  • Continuities and discontinuities of migrations; historicizing the present moment and connecting past trajectories of migration and mobilities to current developments
  • Methodological issues in exploring “histories of the present” of Romani migrations and mobilities
  • Attempts at conceptualisation/critical revision of migration and mobility beyond the concept of “nomadism” and traditional “statist” tropes; examination of various modes of being beyond relying on the assumption of “Roma/Gypsy proneness to movement”

The conference will include a panel highlighting research based on the archival holdings of the International Tracing Service (ITS). The ITS collections include more than 35 million multi-page Holocaust-era documents relating to the fates of more than 17 million people who were subject to incarceration, forced labor, and displacement during and after World War II. The ITS is located and accessible for research in Bad Arolsen, Germany, as well as in digital copy at seven other locations around the world, including the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The Archive included significant holdings on Romani victims and survivors, as well as documentation of Romani interactions with refugee resettlement agencies and compensation schemes. Proposals that feature ITS-based research are particularly welcome. As additional conference program a public session will be organized during which experts working on the ITS collections will introduce the research tools available to the interested public and assist Romani participants and visitors in searching for the documentation on their ancestors.

Deadline and contact information
Those wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 350 words and a brief CV of no more than 150 words to the conference organisers, Jan Grill & Helena Sadílková, by March 1, 2019. We will inform applicants of the decision of the organising committee by March 30, 2019. Full written papers will be due July 15, 2019.
For further information regarding to the conference, please contact: Jan Grill and Helena Sadílková

Special notice
We offer financial support covering travel costs and accommodation in Prague to up to 5 early carrier scholars from Romani families. Please indicate in your submission your interest in this kind of support. Supported candidates will be chosen by the organizing committee on competitive basis.


Prague Forum for Romani Histories at the Institute of Contemporary History (Czech Academy of Sciences)
Seminar on Romani Studies (Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague)
Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics at University of Valle, Colombia
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
CEFRES in Prague

Financial support:
Strategy 21AV of the Czech Academy of Sciences, CEFRES in Prague, Bader Philanthropies and by Grant no. 19-26638X, “Genocide, Postwar Migration and Social Mobility: Entangled Experiences of Roma and Jews” funded by the Czech Science Foundation

Members of organizing committee:
Yasar Abu Ghosh – Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague
Ilsen About – Assistant Professor at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Centre Georg Simmel (EHESS) Paris
Kateřina Čapková – Senior Researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences
Celia Donert – Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History in the Department of History, University of Liverpool
Jan Grill – Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Valle
Krista Hegburg – Senior Program Officer, International Academic Programs, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Ari Joskowicz – Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, European Studies, and History and Director of the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies at Vanderbilt University
Angéla Kóczé – Assistant Professor of Romani Studies and Academic Director of the Roma Graduate Preparation Program at Central European University, Budapest
Helena Sadílková – Assistant Professor, Romani Studies Section of the Department of Central European Studies, Charles University, Prague
Eszter Varsa – Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for East nad Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg



16 September 2019

14:30 opening of the conference
Helena Sadílková (Charles University)  & Jan Grill (University of Valle)
Introducing Trajectories of Romani Mobilities

Panel I
Displacement, Survival, and Migration in the Aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust: Romani Trajectories in the Arolsen Archives

Elizabeth Anthony, Visiting Scholar Programs, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Using the Records of the International Tracing Service Digital Archive for Scholarly Research on Roma Victims of the Nazis

Ari Joskowicz,  Vanderbilt University and 2013-14 Diane and Howard Wohl Fellow (USHMM)
Romani Refugees between National and International Migration Regimes (1945-1960)

Jo-Ellyn Decker, Holocaust Survivor and Victims Research Center, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Kateřina Čapková, Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences

This panel has been made possible by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

invitation for dinner for all conference speakers (Villa Lanna)

17 September 2019

Panel II
Manipulation of „Gypsy Nomadism“ in Post-War Europe

Huub van Baar, Institute of Political Science, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies, University of Amsterdam
The Ambiguous Politics of Protection in Post-War Europe: Irregularizing Citizenship of Roma through Mobile Governmentalities

Stefánia Toma – László Fosztó, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities in Cluj-Napoca
The mobility of the Roma as Resource and/or Obstacle for Social Integration in Romania

Filip Pospíšil, City University of New York, Anthropology Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Nomads from the Neighboring Village – The Intrastate Mobility of the Unwanted

Chair: Yasar Abu Ghosh, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities Charles University
Discussant: Ari Joskowicz

11:00-11:30 coffee break

Panel III
Negotiating Intrastate Policies During Socialism

Ana Chiritoiu, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University
‘Capable’, ‘Free’, and ‘Universal’: The Circulation of Roma Between Idioms of Resistance and Difference. A Case-Study from Southern Romania

Markéta Hajská, Seminar for Romani Studies, Department for Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
The Assimilation Policies of 1950s Czechoslovakia Towards Itinerant Groups as Viewed by Romani Witnesses: The Case of Žatec and Louny

Jan Ort, Seminar for Romani Studies, Department for Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
The Policy of “Controlled Dispersal” of the Roma in the 1960s in the Former Czechoslovakia. A Case Study of Humenné District

Chair: Helena Sadílková
László Fosztó

13:00-14:00 lunch

Panel IV
Challenging Borders and Closed Concepts

Licia Porcedda, École des hautes études en sciences sociales
The Trajectory of Croatian Roma in 1940s and 1950s Italy. Citizenship, Social Control and Inclusion Through the History of Rosa Raidich

Sabrina Steindl-KopfSanda Üllen, Institute of Modern and Contemporary History at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Intersections of Participatory Action and Migration Biographies of Romani Migrants in Vienna

Dušan Slačka, Museum of Romani Culture
Effects of Political and Administrational Situation on Territorial Movement and Life of the Roma in Moravian-Slovak Borderlands – Example of Districts of Hodonín and Senica till 1970s

Chair: Ilsen About, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris
Discussant: Eszter Varsa,
Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg

15:30-16:00 coffee break

Interrogating Analytical Categories: On Pitfalls and Hopefulness in the Emerging Research Field (‘Mobilities’, ‘Migrations’, ‘Trajectories’ and Beyond)

Introductory remarks by: Jan Grill (University of Valle), Yasar Abu Ghosh (Charles University), Helena Sadílková, (Charles University), Martin Fotta, Goethe University, Frankfurt
Chair: Krista Hegburg, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

invitation for dinner for all conference speakers (Villa Lanna)

18 September 2019

Panel V
Beyond the Binary of Nomadism and Settlement

Kamila Fiałkowska – Michał P. Garapich – Elżbieta Mirga-Wójtowicz, Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw
Migration Regimes, Kinship and Ethnic Boundaries Impact on Migration Strategies and Practices: Case Study of Roma Migrants from Poland to the UK

Judit Durst (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest;  University College London, London) – Zsanna Nyírő (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest)
Interrupted Continuity: The Role of Kinship in Migration among (Trans)nationally Mobile Roma Factory Workers from Rural Hungary at the Global Assembly Line

Daniel Škobla (Slovak Academy of Sciences – Institute of Ethnology and Social Anhtropology) – Mario Rodriguéz Polo (Palacký University in Olomouc – Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology)
Escaping Ethnic Traps. Cyclical Migration from Slovakia to Austria as a Way to Escape Poverty and Oppression

Chair: Jan Grill
Discussant: Huub van Baar


Jan Grill, Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics at University of Valle, Colombia
Helena Sadílková, Seminar for Romani Studies, Department for Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague

Institutional support:
Prague Forum for Romani Histories at the Institute of Contemporary History at the Czech Academy of Sciences
Seminar for Romani Studies at the Department of Central European Studies, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague
Faculty of Social Sciences and Economics at University of Valle, Colombia
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
CEFRES in Prague

Strategy AV21 Global Conflicts and Local Interactions Program of the Czech Academy of Sciences
The Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NYU in Prague
CEFRES in Prague

Simultaneous translation into Czech is offered for the whole of the conference program.
Selected conference sessions will be video-recorded.

The conference is followed by Family History Workshop: Tracing the Fate of Individuals in the USHMM Archives – an event organized for family members of Romani Holocaust survivors to assist them in seeking information and documentation in the Roma-related records of the Arolsen Archives and holdings of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This program is co-organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Prague Forum for Romani Histories at the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the Seminar on Romani Studies in the Department of Central European Studies at Charles University in Prague. It has been made possible especially by the generosity of Corinne P. and Maurice R. Greenberg and the Starr Foundation to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, NYU in Prague, and the Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information, please visit

Elizabeth Anthony

is the Director of Visiting Scholar Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. She has published chapters in Lessons and Legacies Volume XII (2017); Freilegungen: Spiegelungen der NS-Verfolgung und ihrer Konsequenzen, Jahrbuch des International Tracing Service (co-editor; 2015); The Future of Holocaust Memorialization: Confronting Racism, Antisemitism, and Homophobia through Memory Work (2015); and the Nürnberger Institut für NS-Forschung und jüdische Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts Jahrbuch 2010. Anthony received her Ph.D. in history at Clark University in 2016. Her dissertation, “Return Home: Holocaust Survivors Reestablishing Lives in Postwar Vienna,” examined the experiences of the few thousand Austrian Jews who chose to resettle in their hometown after the Holocaust.

Huub van Baar

is an Assistant Professor of Political Theory at the University of Giessen,
Germany. He coordinates the long-term research project ‘Between Minority Protection and
Securitization: Roma Minority Formation and Transformation in Modern European History’,
funded by the German Research Foundation as part of its program Dynamics of Security:
Forms of Securitization in Historical Perspective (2014-2021). He is also a Senior Research
Fellow of the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS) and the Amsterdam
Centre for European Studies (ACES) at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of The
European Roma: Minority Representation, Memory and the Limits of Transnational
Governmentality (2011) and the main editor of Museutopia: A Photographic Research
Project by Ilya Rabinovich (2012, with Ingrid Commandeur), The Securitization of the Roma
in Europe (2018, with Ana Ivasiuc and Regina Kreide) and The Roma and their Struggle for
Identity in Contemporary Europe (forthcoming 2019, with Angéla Kóczé).

Judith Durst

is a Hon. Research Fellow  at University College London, UK, in the Department of Anthropology, and a senior researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She has been a Bolyai Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy  of Corvinus University, Budapest. She has been a faculty member of the Central European University’s Summer University Romani Studies Program for many years. Ms Durst earned her PhD degree in Sociology, writing about exclusion, poverty and childbearing  in some  rural “Gypsy villages” in northern Hungary. Her main research interests are ethnicity, poverty,  reproductive decision-making, anthropological demography, and recently she has focused on economic anthropology, Roma transnational mobility, and social mobility. She has been a member of the Scientific Committee  of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies.  She currently leads a research project funded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the price of social mobility and the outcomes of high academic achievement for Roma and non-Roma first-generation professionals in Hungary.

Kamila Fiałkowska

was awarded a PhD at the Faculty of Political Studies and International Relations at the University of Warsaw, and has completed an MA in Political Science at the University of Wroclaw (2008) and an MA in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex (2009). She is a researcher at the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. Her research interests revolve around gender relations in migratory settings, masculinity studies and family relations, and the construction of national and gender identities.

Lászlo Fosztó

is a social anthropologist working as a senior researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities in Cluj-Napoca. His main research interest includes approaches to ethnicity and nationalism, as well as the intersections of anthropology of religion and economic anthropology. His publications include the volumes: Ritual Revitalisation after Socialism. Community, Personhood, and Conversion among Roma in a Transylvanian Village (Lit Verlag 2009) and Colecție de studii despre romii din România (ISPMN, Kriterion, 2009). He served as Secretary for the European Academic Network on Romani Studies, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the Council of Europe between 2011 and 2015. After that project was finalized he has continued as a voluntary administrator of the Network webpage and mailing list.

Martin Fotta

Martin Fotta is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut für Ethnologie, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. He is currently working on a research project about the effects of conditional cash transfers on the indebtedness of rural households in Brazil. He is an author of From Itinerant Trade to Moneylending in the Era of Financial Inclusion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and a co-editor, with Micol Brazzabeni and Manuela Ivone Cunha, of Gypsy Economy: Romani Livelihoods and Notions of Worth in the 21st Century (Berghahn, 2016). In the winter semester 2019-2020 he will be a Visiting Professor in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, Charles University.

Michal Garapich

is a social anthropologist specializing in issues of migration, ethnicity, nationalism, multiculturalism, social resistance, homelessness and migration from Poland. His PhD (Jagiellonian University, Krakow) focused on the political and symbolic dimensions of the relationship between different waves and groups of Polish migrants to the UK and Italy, the practices of a deterritorialized nation-state, power relations within diasporic/ethnic associations, and negotiations of ethnicity. Since 2005 he has conducted numerous research projects using both quantitative as well as ethnographic methods exploring various aspects of the lives of migrants from the Accession States (EU-10) in the UK, as well as migrants from Africa. He has also undertaken ethnographic fieldwork in Cusco, Peru looking at land invasions and urban squatting. At the moment his work focuses on the migration of Polish Roma.

Markéta Hajská

was awarded her PhD at the Institute of Ethnology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (with the dissertation Language Borders as Borders of Ethnic Identity, 2018). Currently she works as a researcher at the Romani Studies Seminar (Charles University, Faculty of Arts). Her research interests include language issues, contemporary history, migration, and social policies in the Romani context in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She teaches courses on Vlach Roma and the Vlach Romani language, as well as on anthropological approaches in Romani studies. She has published several articles concerning the group of Vlach Roma and has been involved in several sociolinguistic research projects in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Ana Chiritoiu

is a PhD candidate in social anthropology at Central European University in Budapest. Her doctoral research explores practices and ideologies of kinship in a Roma locality in southern Romania. It constitutes an ethnographic exploration of hierarchy, inequality and antagonism both in the social organisation of the Roma among themselves and in their relation to the majority population. Her previous work addressed post-conflict intervention in a village in Transylvania and partially reflected her experience as an engaged researcher in a Roma organisation in Bucharest. Her most recent publication, inspired by this research, is ‘Emotions and Procedures: Contradictions of Early Romani Activism in a Post-Conflict Intervention’, in Roma Activism. Reimagining Power and Knowledge, edited by Sam Beck and Ana Ivasiuc (2018).

Ari Joskowicz

is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, European Studies, and History and Director of the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is a historian of modern European and Jewish history with a special interest in questions of comparative minority politics since the Enlightenment. His publications include The Modernity of Others: Jewish Anti-Catholicism in Germany and France (Stanford University Press, 2014), ‘Romani Refugees and the Postwar Order’ (Journal of Contemporary History2016) and ‘Separate Suffering, Shared Archives: Jewish and Romani Histories of Nazi Persecution’ (History & Memory, 2016). He is currently working on a book, entitled Jews and Roma in the Shadow of Genocide, which traces the relations between Roma and Jews during and since the Holocaust.

Elżbieta Mirga-Wójtowicz

is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Political Science at the Pedagogical University, Krakow. She completed her first MA at the Jagiellonian University in Culture Animation and Ethnic Relations (2002)  and another MA in International Migration (2004). She has been a trainee at the European Commission (2005) and also completed the Roma Access Program at the Central European University (2006). Since 2007 she has been a lecturer at the Pedagogical University in Krakow in the annual postgraduate course on the Roma minority. Since 2007 she has been working for the Malopolska Voivdeship in Krakow in the area of national and ethnic minorities. Her work has included participating in the International Leadership Visitor Program offered by the US State Department. She was also the Plenipotentiary for the Governor of the Malopolska Voivdeship for National and Ethnic Minorities (2008-2014). At the moment her work focuses on the ethnic mobilization and migration of Polish Roma.

Zsanna Nyírő

is a Junior Research Fellow at the MTA TK Institute for Minority Studies and a Ph.D candidate at the Corvinus University of Budapest. She has published journal articles on migration and development and on the social mobility of Roma women. She is currently involved in a research project studying the similarities and differences regarding the upward mobility trajectories of academically high-achieving Roma and non-Roma men and women.

Jan Ort

is a PhD candidate at the Facuty of Arts, Charles University, with the support of the Max Planck Institute in Halle. His PhD thesis concerns Czechoslovak state policy about the controlled dispersal of Romani settlements during the late 1960s – its negotiation at different levels of the state administration and its implementation in local contexts. He holds a Master’s degree in Romani Studies (Charles University, 2017) and is currently graduating from the Master’s program in General Anthropology (Charles University). He has participated in several research projects, e.g., on the post-war migration of the Roma to Prague (2015, Multicultural Centre Prague); on “Migration of the Roma from the Czech and Slovak Republics to the United Kingdom and Canada” (Czech Science Foundation, 2015-2017); and other linguistic and anthropological research projects. He is fluent in North-Central Romani.


Filip Pospíšil

is an anthropologist and human rights activist focusing on marginalized groups, ethnic conflict, and migration in Central Europe with extensive experience in policy design and implementation, policy research, and advocacy. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from The Faculty of Humanities, Charles University – Prague in 2010 and has authored and co-authored several academic publications. Most recently he has participated in research, advocacy and campaigns on discrimination against European Roma and on privacy and data protection. He was the Regional Policies Coordinator and Mediator at the Agency for Social Inclusion, Ministry of Human Rights of the Czech Government from 2012-2015. In this position, he was responsible for crisis intervention and mediation in situations of ethnic and social conflict, as well as for the coordination of regional policies for greater social inclusion of the Roma. He currently teaches at CET Academic Programs Prague. As a researcher, he also participates in the project “Municipal Strategies of Inclusion” led by the Association for Integration and Migration.

Dušan Slačka

is a historian working as a curator of the Written Materials Collection and the Self-Documentation Collection in the Museum of Romani Culture (Brno, Czech Republic). Specializing in modern history and multicultural society, he graduated with a thesis on “ ‘The Gypsy Question’ in Hodonín District, 1945–73” (Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts). With Helena Sadílková and Milada Závodská he co-authored the book ‘Aby bylo i s námi počítáno‘ Společensko-politická angažovanost a snahy o založení romské organizace v poválečném Československu [So That You Count on Us Too. Politico-social engagement of Roma and their efforts to establish a Romani organization in postwar Czechoslovakia]. He is an executive editor of the Bulletin Muzea romské kultury [Bulletin of the Museum of Romani Culture].

Sabrina Steindl-Kopf

is a social anthropologist and works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her research interests comprise antiziganism/antigypsyism and the inclusion of Roma/Romnja in Europe. She is particularly interested in the reproduction of discriminatory images of the “Zigeuner_in” in EU-funded projects for Roma/Romnja in Austria and Slovakia. Currently, she works on forms of political participation by Romani migrants in Vienna together with Sanda Üllen. She teaches courses on antigypsyism and the representation of Roma/Romnja at the University of Vienna. Her most recent publication is “From the Principles of Tolerance and Equality to the Reproduction of Marginalisation – Discussing European Roma Policies”, in Dimensions of Antigypsyism in Europe (2019, edited by Ismael Cortés Gómez and Markus End).

Daniel Škobla

is a research fellow at the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. He worked with the United Nations Development Programme and provided technical assistance to the Slovak Government regarding the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015 and the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies 2020. He has been involved in Roma advocacy and cooperation with NGOs such as the European Roma Rights Centre and Amnesty International. He has written academic articles as well as chapters in books on ethnicity and Roma integration.

Stefánia Toma

is a researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities and deputy director at the Research Centre on Interethnic Relations. Her area of interest includes anthropology of ethnic minorities and ethnic relations, migration, economic anthropology and sociology of education. Her recent publications is ‘Romanian Roma at home: mobility patterns, migration experiences, networks and remittances’ (co-authored with László Fosztó and Cătălina Tesăr), in Open Borders, Unlocked Cultures. Romanian Roma migrants in Western Europe ( 2017, London&New York: Routledge).

Sanda Üllen

holds a PhD degree from the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology of the University of Vienna. Through tracing the interconnections between theories of migration and theories of memory, her PhD, titled Remembering home/house? Transnational families and the ambivalences of remembrance in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina contributes to the emerging area of transnational memory studies. In the past she has worked on diverse projects focused on migration, including research on representations and perceptions of migration(s) in Austrian school textbooks; on family migration and integration; and on multiculturalism, gender equality, cultural diversity and sexual autonomy. Currently she is a lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna and a postdoctoral researcher with the Institute of Modern and Contemporary History at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where she is working on the project “Participatory action and migration biographies of Romani migrants in Vienna”.

The conference takes place in Villa Lanna, participants will be accommodated there.

V Sadech 1
Prague  6
phone: +420 224 321 278
GPS: 50° 6′ 9.022″N, 14° 24′ 25.341″E

How to get there

From the airport
At the bus stop for the 119 bus, just outside the airport front doors, buy a 32-crown ticket from the yellow-orange ticket machine; it will cover for 90 minutes of travel by bus, tram, and Metro (underground) in Prague.  Take the 119 bus to the Nádraží Veleslavín Metro station, then go down the stairs to the Metro, and travel to the station Hradčanská. Villa Lanna is a ten-minute from the Hradčanská station (see below).

From the train or the coach station
Trains arrive at Prague Main Station (Praha Hlavní nádraží). From a yellow-orange ticket machine, buy a basic ticket for 32 crowns for 90 minutes of travel by all means of transport in Prague.

Enter the Metro directly at the train station, travel one station to Muzeum, and change onto the green line, which will take you to Hradčanská (the last stop before the Dejvice terminus). If travelling by coach, the Florenc bus station has its own Metro station: get onto the red line and change at Muzeum for the green line to Hradčanská.  Villa Lanna is a ten-minute from the Hradčanská station (see below).

The ten-minute walk from Hradčanská station to Villa Lanna
Head for the ‘Bubenečská’ exit, walk straight down Bubenečská Street. At Ronald Reagan Street, with the US Ambassador’s residence on the corner, turn right. At the end of the street, turn left into Pelléova Street. At the end of this street, you’ll see Villa Lanna.

For further tram and Metro information, including timetables and trip planning, visit the Prague Public Transport website .



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