Prague Forum for Romani Histories

International Conference: Racializing Romani People in the Nineteenth Century

May 20 - 21, 2024

About Programme

The scholarly study of race, racism, racialization, and racial capitalism on a global scale has significantly reframed our understanding of the nineteenth century. It has been established that ideas about race influenced the thoughts and experiences of all people who lived in the nineteenth century. Racial thinking permeated law, politics, science, and diplomacy. It supported colonizing projects, caused removal from traditional homelands, diminished access to resources, limited citizenship rights, criminalized individuals, and dislocated countless people around the world.

This two-day conference brings the scholarship on nineteenth-century racecraft into conversation with Romani history. The organizers invite contributors to consider the impact of racialization on Romani communities in the nineteenth century.

The intimate two-day conference will be centered around panels consisting of 20-minute presentations with extensive discussion. Scholars from all disciplines were encouraged to apply. We particularly welcomed applications from Romani scholars and early-career scholars.

The conference is an in-person event only. Interested attendees should contact Marek Jandák ( to register.

This event is organized by the Prague Forum for Romani Histories at the Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences in partnership with Gonzaga University, Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU, and Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences.

Supported by: Strategy AV21 (Research programme Identities in the World of Wars and Crises), Lumina Queruntur award (LQ300582201), and Gonzaga University.

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