Nothing About Us Without Us? [Roma Rights, Vol 2 (2015)]

Roma Rights: Journal of European Roma Rights Centre
Nothing About Us Without Us? Roma Participation in Policy Making and Knowledge Production
Journal Volume 2 (2015)

Guest Editors: Andrew Ryder, Angela Kocze, Iulius Rostas, Jekatyerina Dunajeva, Maria Bogdan, Marius Taba, Marton Rövid, Timea Junghaus

Publisher: European Roma Rights Centre, 2015

The journal issue focuses on the development of Roma civil society and Roma participation in policy-making and knowledge-production processes. Following in vein with the structure of a unique three-day gathering of Roma and pro-Roma activists and thinkers held in Budapest in October 2014, the journal issue contains critical papers by established and emerging activists and scholars in three sections: (1) activism and civil society; (2) knowledge production; (3) alliances with gender and LGBT movements.

The first section is dedicated to the critical reflections on the previous decades of Roma civil society struggle, but also to think about future directions. The second section examines the need for new directions and debates in the field of knowledge production: there is a growing mood that greater emphasis should be given to research ‘for’ and ‘with’ Roma communities through community-based and participatory research. Proposals are made on a research which facilitates community voices to be heard and actively involves them in all stages of the research process. The third section deals with the role of Feminism and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) minorities within the Romani movement. Feminist and LGBT activists are great resources and allies, who have developed amazing strengths in their battles to overcome not just racism but also sexism and homophobia.

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