Romani Chronicles of Covid-19

Romani Chronicles of Covid-19: Testimonies of Harm and Resilience
New Directions in Romani Studies Book Series; Volume 6

Series Editors: Huub van Baar (Leuven University) and Angéla Kóczé (CEU)
Volume Editors: Paloma Gay y Blasco (St. Andrews) and Martin Fotta (Czech Academy of Sciences) 

Forward by Iliana Sarafian (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Release date: Berghahn Books, July 2023

A ground-breaking volume that gathers the testimonies of NGO workers, street vendors, activists, scholars, health professionals, and creative writers to chronicle the devastating impact of COVID-19 on Romani communities globally.

The contributors reveal how the pandemic has exacerbated Romani disenfranchisement and document the resilience and creativity with which Romanies have responded to the crisis. Deploying innovative textual formats, and including poignant personal reflections, memoirs, scholarly analyses, and diary excerpts, the volume provides a roadmap for collaboration and dialogue at a time of global emergency.

This is the most significant chronicle of Romani stories about the Covid crisis ever assembled.

This volume includes contributions from memoirs, opinion essays, transcriptions of conversations or interviews, ethnographic analyses, and a compelling short story by Romani writer Iveta Kokyová, as well as pieces that stride the boundaries between one or more of these genres, or that fit into none.

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