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Critical Romani Studies
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ISSN (Print) 2560-3019 - ISSN (Online) 2630-855X
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  • Foreword: Roma LGBTI, Feminist Movement and Scholarship

    • Authors: Dezso Mate
      Abstract: Foreword of the thematic issue Roma LGBTI, Feminist Movement and Scholarship
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.150
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • Affective Politics and Alliances in ‘Queering the Gypsy’ and Facing
           Antigypsyism in the LGBT Milieu

    • Authors: Laura Corradi
      Abstract: This essay engages with issues of homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in  Romani/Gypsy/Traveller (RGT) communities. A lack of acceptance, marginalization, and at times expulsion of Queer people from RGT communities is a source of suffering for individuals and their families – with political consequences in terms of solidarity and alliances. Sexual minorities within marginalized ethnic and non-ethnic RGT minorities, when excluded, can be regarded as a threat to the social cohesion of the group and to internal social ties based on common struggles for economic and cultural justice. Acceptance for Queer people in RGT communities may also improve relations with social movements’ alliances, a sensible and necessary step –
      primarily in the anti-racist and feminist arenas, movements for social rights, i.e., jobs and housing.
      The paper discusses social (mis)representations of the ‘Gypsy Queer’ vs. self-representations emerging from activists’ experiences. In light of ‘affective politics’ – s conceptualized by Sara Ahmed – experiences of Homo-Lesbo-Bi-Trans-phobia in the RGT communities and ‘soft’ anti-gypsyism in Queer communities are addressed. In conclusion, affective politics are viewed in the frame suggested by Judith Okely around Roma-Gypsy-Traveller cultural identity “constructed through opposition, not isolation”; through the mirror of Jasbir Puar’s theory of identity created in the constant and aware, individual and collective, assemblage of parts of self; and as an element of ‘travelling activism’ – practice of “mobilizing hybrid forms of expertise and knowledge across space and difference” contesting both territorialization and ethnicization, as in Van Baar.
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.85
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • Staging the Romani Queer Revolution: New Approaches to the Study of Romani

    • Authors: Arman Heljic
      Abstract: I In this paper, I provide an intersectional analysis of Roma Armee, a theatre play staged at Berlin’s Maxim Gorki theatre. I wish to challenge preconceptions and representations of Romani queer and feminist identities by investigating the personal narratives and self-envisioning of queer and feminist Romani performers. While there are notions that Romani queers live only as victims, perpetrators of violence, or unwitting exoticized objects of desire for mainstream queer consumption, I favour a more complex image, showing how some Romani queers articulate their own sexuality, race, class, and agency. I look at how these articulations are met in some Romani communities, and by majoritarian audiences in Berlin and Stockholm, in order to problematize the complex nature of being a minority within a minority. I end with remarks on the revolutionary potential of the play, by arguing that the play creates spaces for healing and can be seen as a significant contribution to an epistemic and ontological shift when it comes to Romani queer and feminist knowledge production.
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.68
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • Representations of Romani Women in Contemporary Polish and Romani

    • Authors: Justyna Matkowska
      Abstract: This paper summarizes and discusses the key findings of my research on representations of Romani woman in contemporary Polish and Romani literary texts. The first part of this paper discusses Romani women’s roles and positions in the Romani community. While the subsequent part describes Romani literature in Poland, the main focus of this article discusses images of Romani women in Polish and Romani literature. The article aims to reveal the process of shaping their description in Romani and Polish literature. The research result shows how the perception of Romani women influenced the artistic imagination of Poles and Roma (female and male) and their literary discourses. The study also indicates the degree of durability or variability of the compared images. The research is significant because of its intent to deepen the understanding of Romani imagology, as well as promoting the discourse of Romani Literature Studies.
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.98
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • Familial Frictions: Intersectional Inequalities Faced by Romani Queer

    • Authors: Ahmad Al-Kurdi
      Abstract: This article reviews the growing but still scarce scholarly work on queer Romani women in Eastern and Central Europe to highlight how economic and symbolic inequalities are inseparably intertwined and mutually strengthen each other in the case of this group. The review finds that cultural and symbolic injustices dominate the analysis of the situation of queer Romani women; economic deprivation is often mentioned when providing an overview of the situation of Romani people but is hardly ever brought up when the specific experiences of queer Romani people are discussed. The article zooms in on one area where the interplay between economic and symbolic inequality is pronounced: the central role of familism in the lives of Romani communities, and the detrimental impact it has on the situation of queer Romani women. The article also proposes a set of other mechanisms undermining the equality and well-being of queer Romani women where economic and symbolic inequalities are similarly intertwined.

      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.119
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • The Cultural Genocide of the Children of the Country Road Programme and
           its Memorialisation in Mariella Mehr’s Stone Age and Dijana
           Pavlović’s Speak, My Life

    • Authors: Dávid Szőke
      Abstract: The present paper aims to discuss the memorialisation of crimes committed by the Children of the Country Road programme in Mariella Mehr’s novel Stone Age and its monodrama-adaptation, Dijana Pavlović’s Speak, My Life. The paper will examine actions taken by the Pro Juventute organisation against the Yenish minority community from 1926 to 1970, to ‘stop vagrancy’ and purify Swiss society from the ‘genetically degenerate’, during which almost 2,000 children were taken away from their families, put into psychiatric institutions, homes, prisons, or given to foster families, exposing them to mental and physical abuse. This work identifies Mehr’s novel as a pivotal work, one of the first to reveal the crimes of Pro Juventute by a survivor, and as such,
      an important part of European memory culture. In her novel, Mehr deconstructs the language of stigmatisation used by Swiss authorities in the files on Yenish children, raising questions about power, racial identity, uprootedness and survival. In Speak, My Life, Dijana Pavlović reassesses Mehr’s life and work as a ‘heroic
      narrative’, which has allowed room for the Yenish community to represent itself and restore a positive self-image. The paper will discuss the following questions: How can both novel and drama explore the crimes of Pro Juventute in the context of a collective European memory culture' What challenges must this memorialisation face'
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.138
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • Mikey Walsh. 2010. Gypsy Boy. My Life in the Secret World of the Romany
           Gypsies. New York: Thomas Dunne Books St. Martin’s Press.

    • Authors: Silvia Cittadini
      Abstract: Book review
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.69
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • Laura Corradi. 2018. Gypsy Feminism. Intersectional Politics, Alliances,
           Gender and Queer Activism. London: Routledge.

    • Authors: Erika Bernacchi
      Abstract: book review
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.80
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • Altered States: LGBTQ-R

    • Authors: Daniel Baker
      Abstract: -
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.148
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • The Romani LGBTIAQ Movement and the Role of ARA ART

    • Authors: David Tišer
      Abstract: -
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.151
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
  • Romani Arts, Dance, and Advocacy Action in Wales: My Life and the Romani
           Cultural and Arts Company

    • Authors: Isaac Blake
      Abstract: -  
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.29098/crs.v4i1.147
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2022)
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