Conference Program


First day: 6th June 2017

 8.45 – 9.00

Welcome Address: Prof. Stefania Baroncelli, Vice Rector, Free University of Bolzano


9.00 – 9.40

Elisabeth Tauber (FUB) “’When the archive talks to the ethnographer!’ Anthropology and History in dialogue.”


I. Historical Session: Roma, Borders, and States in Modern Europe and beyond

 Discussant: Elisabeth Tauber

 9.40 – 10.25

Ilsen About (CNRS – EHESS, Paris) “Moving Roma away from the Borders. Scope, Failure and Effect of a European Conference to solve the “Gypsy -question” in the 1900s.”


 10.25 – 11.10

Jennifer Illuzzi (History Department, Providence College, USA) “Finding Roma in the State of Exception:  Archival Stories of Roma Families in Italy, 1800-1920.”


11.10 – 11. 25 Coffee break – 15 minutes


 11.25 -12.10

Paola Trevisan (Free University of Bolzano) “Austrian Sinti in the Italian Archives: Historical Ethnography on Multiple Border Crossings.”


12.10- 12.55

Marius Weigl (IFF Vienna, University of Klagenfurt) “A ‘Solution of the Gypsy-question’ in Austria-Hungary? Surveillance, Internment Camps and Military Draft of so-called ‘Gypsies’ in the Habsburg Empire during World War I.”



Lunch break


Discussant: Jennifer Illuzzi

 14.15 – 15.00

Carolina García Sanz (Department of History, University of Sevilla) “Targeting Gypsies: a Study on ‘para Penal’ State from Spanish Demo-liberal Legality to Dictatorship.”


15.00 – 15.45

Maria Rosvoll and Carl Emil Voigt (LH-senteret, Oslo) “Lost in Transit: A Norwegian Roma Family and the European Borders, 1920-1956.”


Discussant: Gregoire Cousin (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris)

15.45 – 16.20

Petre Petcuţ (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris) “Steps in the Construction of the Circulation Regime of Individuals in Modern Romania.


18.00 – 19.30

Book presentation and round table. Ethnography and History – Media and the Public Spere. Presentation: Siglinde Clementi (Competence Center for Regional History). FUB library 2nd floor


Second day: 7th June 2017

II. Ethnographic Session: Ethnography, Archives, and Memories: the Case of Romani Populations in Europe.


Discussant: Gregoire Cousin

 9.00 – 10.00

Catalina Tesar (Romanian Institute for Research On Minorities Issues) and Petre Matei (“Elie Wiesel” National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust) “Pieptanari (Comb-makers) Roma from South East Romania during the 20th-21st century: territorial dispersal and re-arrangement of families under different state regimes.”


Discussant: Ilsen About

10.00 – 10.45

Volha Bartash (Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University) “‘They were Gypsies by profession’”: Researching the Nazi genocide of Roma in Lithuanian and Belarusian archives.”


10.45 – 11.30

Gül Özateşler (Department of Sociology, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey) “Silencing and Dominance on Social Memory. Neglecting the Gypsies in the Archives and Memory.


11.30 – 11.45

Coffee break – 15 minutes


11.45 – 12.30

Concluding reflections on potentials and limits of a bi-disciplinary dialogue. Ilsen About, Jennifer Illuzzi, Elisabeth Tauber and Paola Trevisan.


14.00 – 16.00

Workshop on archival and family memories. Paola Trevisan and South Tyrolean Sinti.