Romani communities in a new social Europe: next IRiS webinar announced

Book cover, Romani Communities and Transformative Change, 2020

This IRIS webinar draws on Roma community voices and expert research collected in the recently published book “Romani Communities and Transformative Change. A New Social Europe” (Bristol University Press, 2020). As the vast majority of Romani communities across Europe experience high levels of exclusion, this webinar explores new conceptual tools and strategies for re-framing conventional discourses and analyses on Romani identity, poverty and exclusion.

The book is open access and can be downloaded at this link

To register: Eventbrite


Dr Andrew Ryder (Associate Professor at the Institute of Communication and Sociology, Corvinus University, Budapest) – What is Social Europe and its relevance to the Roma?

Dr Marius Taba (Lecturer in the Romani Studies Program at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest) – Antigypsyism in a time of neoliberalism: the rise of authoritarian populism and nationalism

Dr Nidhi Trehan (Senior Research Fellow, Romani Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest) – Transatlantic dialogues and the solidarity of the oppressed


Dr Stefano Piemontese (Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham)

Andrew Ryder is a British academic and social justice campaigner based in Budapest. He is an Associate Professor at Corvinus University and a board member of the Roma Education Fund. Before this, he was the researcher to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (based in the Westminster Parliament) and Policy Officer for the Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform Coalition (winners of the Liberty Human Rights Award in 2004).

Marius Taba is Lecturer in the Romani Studies programme at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) in Bucharest. Previously he has been Visiting Lecturer and Fellow at Corvinus University (Budapest) and former Grants and Research Manager at the Roma Education Fund. Taba has a long track record of community activism at the local and international level. In the last 15 years, he initiated and overseen projects on policy development and advancement of education reforms for Roma from Central and Eastern Europe.

Nidhi Trehan is Affiliated Senior Research Fellow of the CEU Romani Studies Programme and Fellow of the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS) in New Delhi. She was formerly Visiting Scholar at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Active in the areas of human rights, social policy and education as a practitioner and academic since 1996, she has published widely on human rights and non-governmental organisations/social movements, with a focus on the Romani communities of Europe. She is co-editor (with N. Sigona) of the volume Romani Politics in Contemporary Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Mobilization, and the Neoliberal Order (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

This seminar is organised in the framework of the research project “Resilience and Resignation among Transnational Roma and non-Roma Youths” (RETRY) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement n° 846645.

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