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Conference: Beyond Gypsy Stereotypes. Voicing Romani Pluralities. New York, 24-25 April 2015


A symposium at New York University as part of the Opre Khetanes! program organized by the Initiative for Romani Music in conjunction with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Voice of Roma, April 24-25, 2015. The program will also include a dance workshop with Sani Rifati and a concert of local Romani music.

Proposals for 20-minute papers will be accepted in the fields of musicology, anthropology, sociology, history, political science, Romani studies and related disciplines. Papers can be on any subject related to representations and perceptions of of Romani (Gypsy) people. Through presentations and informal discussions, the meeting will encourage dialogue between performers, activists and scholars.

The meeting will address a range of questions, including but not limited to the following:

• What are the roads and obstacles to Romani participation in public and private institutions?
• What particular challenges do Roma in America face concerning economic opportunities?
• What does it mean to be Romani in the 21st century?
• What roles does language play in forming Romani identities?
• How can the practice of music counteract or perpetuate “Gypsy” stereotypes?
• How might Romani speakers, authors and performers attain a greater voice in the public sphere?
• To what extent do Roma have access to, and an active voice in, secondary and tertiary education?
• How and to what ends do Romani artists and service providers engage in self-essentializing, both within their communities and in public settings?

Please send a 500-word abstract to irm.nyu@gmail.com by January 15, including your name, affiliation (if any), and the best way to reach you.

For more information, please visit the website of the Initiative for Romani Music at New York University (www.romanimusic.org), which links directly to the conference website, as well as the website of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance: http://www.ctmd.org/

Siv B. Lie
Department of Music
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
New York University