International Academic Conference “Racism and Romani Studies”

Despite the recent acknowledgment of racism’s role in the exclusion of Roma and the growing consensus on the importance of combating anti-Roma racism or antigypsyism for achieving equality, academic contributions to this subject remain in their early stages. The influence of scholars and their ideas on the daily lives of Roma communities still requires critical examination. While racism exhibits a wide range of manifestations and it is crucial for identifying the mechanisms that enable it, it’s equally important not to overlook the significance of strategies, narratives, and practices aimed at combating racism against Roma.

The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in partnership with the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara and the West University of Timisoara is organizing the conference Racism and Romani Studies on September 14-15, 2023, in Timisoara at the premises of the West University. The two-day event is part of the European Capital of Culture program funded by the Municipality of Timisoara and the European Union.

The conference’s objective is to contribute to scholarly discussions about the role of racism in shaping interactions between Roma and the majority population and institutions. It aims to achieve this by exploring the various expressions of anti-Roma racism and by proposing strategies, discourses, and innovative approaches to counter anti-Roma racism or antigypsyism. Dr Ismael Cortés Gómez will deliver the keynote address: Combatting Antigypsyism from the Spanish Congress of Deputies. A Political Account of Theory of Symbolic Power.

The Scientific Committee of the conference is composed of Dr. Iulius Rostas, Dr. Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka, Dr. Calin Rus, Dr. Oana Neștian Sandu, Dr. Ciprian Necula, Dr. Melinda Dinca and Dr. Theofild Lazar.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ismael Cortés

More information about the concept here: Racism and Romani Studies_concept and call for papers 2023

Please find the ABSTRACTS of the academic papers presented during the conference by clicking on this link Racism and Romani Studies abstracts.

The AGENDA of the two-day international conference can be consulted here.


The conference will be held in a hybrid format, physically at the West University in Timisoara, and online. Free participation is possible for the general audience. Prior registration is required:



To attend the conference online register directly via the Zoom webinar link here. After clicking submit, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to join the webinar.

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