Critical Approaches to Romani Studies

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Please feel free to write to the instructors at their CEU e-mail addresses with any questions or to set up a student-faculty consultation: Márton Rövid ( and Angéla Kóczé (

Course Day/Time/Location (from Tuesday, 10 January 2023) 

Tuesdays, 17:40-19:20,  QS51 Room D-105 

Thursdays, 17:40-19:20 QS51 Room D-106 

The course aims to re-envision Romani Studies through a critical lens and discuss further possibility to use new theoretical frameworks such as gender, critical race, and post-colonial theories to understand the situation of Roma in the context of changing social, economic, cultural, and political landscapes in Europe. Students will discuss concepts and arguments from the orientalist folklorist via anthropological and sociological studies and engage with emancipatory scholarship.

Through the semester students interrogate the intellectual and disciplinary traditions of Romani studies and examine the academic, cultural, and political impact of various Roma related studies. We will analyse the historical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts of the specific Roma related ideas and concepts. We will identify the key trends in each set of approach and follow the transformation of these ideas. By the end of the course students will be able to use these approaches, concepts, and terms in a thoughtful and nuanced way informed by their scholarly critique. The aim of this course is to introduce students to various forms of social exclusion Roma face in the 21st century, and the dilemmas policy-makers, NGOs and activists encounter when promoting the inclusion of Roma.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, student should be able to:

- understand key concepts and approaches in Romani studies

- form theoretically and historically grounded understanding of the main ways in which anti-Romani racism operate

- critically reflect upon academic and policy papers on Romani people

- present coherent arguments in both oral and written forms in English


Each student will be assessed through a combination of seminar contribution, oral presentation and written works.

 Active participation: 15% of the final grade.

  1. Class presentations: 30 % of the final grade.
  2. Research proposal: 15% of the final grade.
  3. Research paper: 40% of the final grade. Students write a research paper of up to 2,000 words length on a topic related to the course that is approved by the instructor. The paper should follow the genre of academic essay with appropriate references and a bibliography.

no prerequisites required

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