Courses

Angela Kocze – Marton Rovid

CRITICAL APPROACHES TO ROMANI STUDIES

2 credits, Spring term, Online learning 

The course aims to re-envision Romani Studies through a critical lens and discuss further possibility to use new theoretical frameworks such as gender, critical race, and post-colonial theories to understand the situation of Roma in the context of changing social, economic, cultural, and political landscapes in Europe. Students will discuss concepts and arguments from the orientalist folklorist via anthropological and sociological studies and engage with emancipatory scholarship. Through the semester students interrogate the intellectual and disciplinary traditions of Romani studies and examine the academic, cultural, and political impact of various Roma related studies. We will analyse the historical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts of the specific Roma related ideas and concepts. We will identify the key trends in each set of approach and follow the transformation of these ideas. By the end of the course students will be able to use these approaches, concepts, and terms in a thoughtful and nuanced way informed by their scholarly critique. The aim of this course is to introduce students to various forms of social exclusion Roma face in the 21st century, and the dilemmas policy-makers, NGOs and activists encounter when promoting the inclusion of Roma. 

Julia Szalai

SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO ROMANI STUDIES

2 credits, Spring term, Online learning

The course aims to discuss those, constantly reproduced, discriminatory occurrences and trends of deprivation to the detriment of Roma that have given rise to Romani Studies as a new disciplinary approach to provide critical reflections on the plight that Roma face in modern societies. Firstly, Romani Studies addresses the specificities of social relations when translated into the relations of ethnic divisions between Roma and the majority living under the umbrella of the nation state. Secondly, it presents the responses that Roma communities and people have developed to mitigate their disadvantageous position. Thirdly, it introduces the institutional settings and structures that shape the given constellations of both, macro-  and micro-level socio-ethnic relations.