The CEU Romani Studies Program (Vienna, Austria) and The Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Newcastle (Australia)

are pleased to invite you to the online conference

“Agency and Perception: The Roma in East Central Europe”

April 18-19, 2024

Please click here to register.


Individuals and populations identifying as Roma in east central Europe have historically had to navigate, transgress, or even subvert the assertions of both scholarly and bureaucratic authorities. Policy makers usually have perceived Roma as a social “problem”, typically to be “solved” by aiming to integrate through ambiguous social inclusion policies or implicitly erase Roma through assimilation or exclusion.


This symposium focuses on the intricate relationship between perception and agency through Roma-targeted and related policy discourses and practices, which were informed by specific academic knowledge and disciplinary lenses. On the one hand, we seek to make visible the intentions, motives, preoccupations, and objectives shaping historical east central European actors’ perceptions of, and policy towards, the Roma. On the other, it seeks to understand how Roma have responded, and asserted their own agency. We also seek to understand the contemporary legacy of these historical processes.



10:30 – 11:30 / PANEL 1: Trauma and emotion
12:00 – 13:30 / PANEL 2: Culture and rhetoric
15:00 – 16:30 / PANEL 3: Race and representation


10:00 – 11:30 / PANEL 4: Women and labor
12:00 – 13:30 / PANEL 5: Racialization and its consequences
14:30 – 16:00 / PANEL 6: Housing and services

For the full details, visit this page.


About the organizers: 

The Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Newcastle (Australia) is a multidisciplinary group with members from: history, criminology, sociology, law, social work, as well as health and medicine. Our aim is to advance humanity’s understanding of violence, not only in the present, but through time. Members of the Centre explore every aspect of violence, including concepts of violence, issues of political and cultural violence, representations of violence, questions of interpersonal violence, trauma and the aftermaths of violence, sexual assault, domestic abuse, homicide and filicide. Researchers at the CSoV are focused on the origins, causes, and experience of violence throughout history and the present day. In this way we seek to understand the global roots of contemporary violence by examining the connections between the past and the present, and the range of cultural values and perceptions that surrounds both patterns of structural violence and individual acts of violence.

The Romani Studies Program at Central European University (CEU) aims to engage scholars, policy makers, and activists in interdisciplinary knowledge production and debate on Roma identity and movement; antigypsyism; social justice and policy making; gender politics; and structural inequality. RSP encompasses the Roma Graduate Preparation Program and the Advanced Certificate in Romani Studies. RSP offers courses for MA and PhD students of CEU and summer courses for graduate students and activist scholars from all over the world. RSP organizes annual academic conferences promoting critical approaches to Romani Studies and publishes Critical Romani Studies an international, interdisciplinary, double-blind peer-reviewed open access journal. RSP supports internships and offers various fellowship primarily targeting Romani students and scholars.

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