7. Course unit: Roma Communities in Central Europe

Nr. of credits: 5

Course type: lecture, Nr. in the semester: 60

Commitment: examination mark

Place of course in the curriculum: 2nd semester

Preliminary study terms:

Course description:

The course provides a general background to the study of Central European Romani communities, their history, culture and social and political organizations. It also concentrates on socialist and post socialist policies towards the Roma, with a special focus on the impact of post socialist European policies on Romany identity-building processes. The second part of the course is dedicated to country studies, looking in more details on the country-specific conditions of Romani communities. The course aims to improve the students understanding of key concepts and ideas regarding the Roma, such as equal opportunity, cultural reproduction of discrimination, assimilation, segregation, etc. It also focuses on improving critical thinking skills by analyzing and evaluating arguments on the basis of abstract/theoretical concepts.

3–5 most important obligatory and recommended literature (books, textbooks) with the bibliographical data:

– Obligatory:

Guy, Will (ed.): Between Past and Future. The Roma of Central and Eastern Europe. Hatfield, University of Hertfordshire Press, 2001.

Stauber, Roni – Vago, Raphael (ed.): The Roma. A Minority in Europe. Historical, Political and Social perspectives. Budapest-New York, Central European University Press, 2007.

Stewart, Michael – Márton, Rövid (ed.): Multidisciplinary Approaches to Romany Studies. Selected papers from the participants of Central European University’s Summer Course, 2007–2009. Budapest-New York, Central European University Press, 2011.

Szelényi, Iván – Ladányi, János: Patterns of Exclusion. Constructing Gypsy Ethnicity and the Making of an Underclass in Transitional Societies of Europe. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.


– Recommended:

Gay y Blasco, Paloma: Gypsy/Roma Diasporas. Introducing a Comparative Perspective. In: Social Anthropology, 2002. Vol. 10. No. 2.

Pénzes, J. – Radics, Zs. (ed.): Roma Population on the Peripheries of  the Visegrad Countries-Spacial Trends and Social Challenges. Debrecen, Didakt kft., 2012.

Vermeersch, P.: The Romani Movement. Berghahn Books, New York, 2007.

Course director: Dr. Szabó-Tóth, Kinga Dóra Associate Professor, PhD

Participating teachers: Dr. Dallos, Csaba Senior Lecturer, PhD; Dr. Havasi Virág Senior Lecturer, PhD