The Role of the Romanies
Liverpool, September 2000
The Role of the Romanies: Images and Self-Images of Romanies/"Gypsies" in European Cultures An Interdisciplinary Conference University of Liverpool 15-18 September 2000 __Deadline of 30 June 1999 for submission of proposals__ Since their arrival in Europe at the beginning of the eleventh century, the "Gypsies" have stimulated and fascinated the European imagination, but have also always been perceived as "other" and marginalised. At the end of the millennium, after centuries of discrimination and persecution, Romanies/"Gypsies" remain the least understood and least popular ethnic minority group in most European countries. Yet very few people have first-hand knowledge of them. This conference seeks to address the questions raised by the ambivalent encounter of the "Gypsies" with European cultures. It aims both to re-examine Gadjo constructions of Romanies/"Gypsies" in the Orientalist style over the centuries and to appraise and compare the contributions made by Romanies themselves to European cultures. We invite contributions in the fields of linguistics, cultural and media studies (particularly film and music), literary studies, social history, and anthropology. The language of the conference will be English. The organisers plan to publish a selection of the papers. Offers of papers by Romanies and papers relating to Eastern Europe are particularly welcome. Those interested in contributing a paper should please contact with a brief expose (300w) either Prof Nicholas Saul Department of German University of Liverpool Modern Languages Building Liverpool L69 3BX UK Tel.: +44-151 794 2351/2 Telefax: +44-151 794 2307 e-mail: email@example.com or Dr Susan Tebbutt Dept of Modern Languages University of Bradford Bradford West Yorkshire BD7 1DP UK Tel.: +44-1274 234588 Telefax: +44-1274 385590 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 June 1999.