Jews And Roma In Comparative Perspective

Academic Year: 
Course Description: 


This course will compare Jews and Roma in Europe from a variety of perspectives and experiences, focusing on identity and boundary formation, mobilization patterns, as well as larger discourses about authority and authenticity.  This course will also examine forms of exclusion and hatred directed at Jews and Roma, focusing on antisemitism and antigypsyism prior to World War II, during the Holocaust and Samudaripen, and in the post-war period.  Special attention will be paid to the ways in which Jews and Roma have been categorized as European “others,” especially in the populist politics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and also the ways in which these groups interface with one other, especially with regard to the memory and memorialization of genocide and questions of broader social and political mobilization.                     


Learning Outcomes: 

Learning Outcomes:


  • Reflect upon the diversity and contingency of identity by comparing the experiences of Jews and Roma
  • Analyze the impact of exclusionary practices on group formation, memorial culture and the everyday life of Jews and Roma.
  • Assess the role of prejudice and stereotypes in framing majority-minority relations.
  • Understand the academic and political discourses surrounding authority, authenticity and representivity 

Course Requirements:


Regular attendance

Active class participation (10%)

Class presentation (30%)

Term paper (60%)