Prague Forum for Romani Histories

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

12 June 2018, New York University in Prague


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 eugenics and the welfare state. We invited scholars who have dealt in their research with the forced sterilization of Roma in Communist Czechoslovakia, as well as scholars focused on sterilization practices in the Scandinavian context where forced sterilization was used as an official tool of the welfare state up to the 1970s. Another important topic of the workshop and of the roundtable will be the compensation of the victims, and we have therefore invited members of advocacy groups and representatives of the victims to participate as well.

The workshop begins at 9:30 am.

Speakers at the workshop:

Angéla Kócze, CEU, Budapest
Maija Runcis, Stockholm University
Celia Donert, University of Liverpool
Edit Szenassy, Charles University, Prague

A detailed programme is available here.

There will be only limited number of participants of this workshop. If you are interested, please register at by 5 June.

Simultaneous translation into Czech will be available.

The same topics will be discussed during the following public discussion „Forced Sterilization of Roma Women in the Czech(oslovak) Context“ in the Václav Havel Library (12 June 2018).

Confirmed speakers of the public discussion:

Gwendolyn Albert
Celia Donert
Elena Gorolová
Angéla Kócze

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