Research that deals with the discrimination, marginalization and persecution of Roma and Resande/Travelers is an expanding but rather new discipline. There are a few exceptions from the late 1960s and early 1970s, both internationally and in Sweden, but broadly speaking, systematic research was not introduced until the late 1980s.
Internationally, there are a number of approaches to this phenomenon. There are also a number of concepts that are being used, such as Antiziganism, Antigypsyism, Antiromanism and Romaphobia. None of these concepts – or variants in other languages – is universally accepted, and the approaches are developed in different national and disciplinary contexts without much dialogue. There exists no theory of Antiromanism.
The Hugo Valentin Centre at Uppsala University, Sweden, invites scholars to an international, cross-disciplinary conference on the uses and approaches of Antiziganism research. In the core seminar, scholars including Ian Hancock, Michael Stewart, Vanja Ljujic and Herbert Heuβ will discuss the theoretical and methodological issues that seem pertinent to the development of the research area. We invite papers and seminar initiators also for subjects such as right-wing populism, gender issues, the media, child studies and other areas where Antiziganism is found.
Deadline for the paper proposals is May 31st, 2013.
The full description of the conference can be found here.