“Sare Patria: Romani Action,” a conference at New York University, is part of the Opre Khetanes 5 program organized by the Initiative for Romani Music in conjunction with Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Voice of Roma, April 28-29, 2017. The program will also include a dance workshop and concert.
“Sare Patria” (“All the Cards”) is the title of a Russian Romani (Gypsy) song. In various dialects of Romani, “patria” can mean “cards,” “leaves,” “sheet [of paper],” and/or “newspapers.” For this year’s conference, we encourage submissions that address Romani politics, though presentations and papers can be on any subject related to Romani people. Through presentations and informal discussions, the meeting will encourage dialogue between performers, activists, and scholars.
Proposals for presentations of a scholarly, artistic, and/or activist nature will be accepted. We will accept proposals for the following two categories:
• 10-minute presentations geared toward a general audience. Such presentations may include structured talks, audiovisual demonstrations, recitations, interactive experiences, or other forms of communication.
• 20-minute papers in the fields of musicology, anthropology, sociology, history, political science, Romani studies and related disciplines.
The meeting will address a range of questions, including but not limited to the following:
• What are the roads and obstacles to Romani participation in public and private institutions?
• What does it mean to be Romani in the 21st century?
• What roles does language play in forming Romani identities?
• How do Romani authors engage with cultural and other topics?
• How can the practice of music counteract or perpetuate “Gypsy” stereotypes?
• How might Romani speakers, scholars, and performers attain a greater voice in the public sphere?
• To what extent do Roma have access to, and an active voice in, secondary and tertiary education?
• How and to what ends do Romani artists and service providers engage in self-essentializing, both within their communities and in public settings?
Please send a 500-word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1, including your name, affiliation (if any), and the best way to reach you.