The Free University of Bolzano is pleased to announce the International Historical-Anthropological Conference

On categories and boundaries: Intersections in the history and ethnography of Europe’s Sinti and Roma (19th-21st centuries)

 

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This conference will offer a comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of the relationship between Roma and Sinti and nation-states in European borderlands from 19th to 21th century. How has the territorial definition of national states created structures which require specific rules targeting populations involved in trans-border mobility and cross border practices? Based on a cross disciplinary perspective embracing anthropological and historical approaches, this conference will analyse the making of categories and their effect on Romani people. Through an analysis of national case studies and through bottom-up approaches, the conference will focus on the modern definitions of citizenship and nationality and their effect on mobility control and cross-border circulation as a key aspect of continuities and transformation of anti-Gypsy policies in Europe and beyond. Furthermore, the conference aims to highlight the way Roma and Sinti families in particular have handled these public policies and how they have transmitted or redefined modes of resistance, conflict, or invisibility in the face of power exercised by state institutions.

 

Scientific chair: Dr. Elisabeth Tauber. Sientific Committee: Dr. Ilsen About and Dr. Paola Trevisan.