About RSP

The Romani Studies Program at CEU is an independent academic unit set up by a CEU Senate decision as of August 1, 2017.

The Romani Studies Program (RSP) aims to engage scholars, policy makers, and activists in interdisciplinary knowledge production and debate on Roma identity and movement; antigypsyism; social justice and policy making; gender politics; and structural inequality.

To achieve its aims the Romani Studies Program will:

(1)   Develop human resources able to lead institutions, ideas and people to promote social justice and change in society;  

(2)   Engage in critical and interdisciplinary knowledge production relevant for Roma communities, policy makers, and donors; and

(3)   Develop infrastructure to support critical research and scholarly debates, such as the Critical Romani Studies journal or the database on Roma related research.

RSP includes three components: The Roma Graduate Preparation Program, a non-degree program (RGPP), the Roma in European Societies initiative and academic teaching and research carried out by faculty and fellows. The teaching load of the two RSP faculty members for the 2017-2018 academic year will be 18 credits. In cooperation with other CEU units the faculty deliver cross-listed courses emphasizing the interdisciplinary perspectives of Romani studies at CEU.

The head of the unit is the Chair of Romani Studies, who is also appointed as a CEU faculty. The Chair is appointed by the Rector for a three-year term, which can be renewed. The Chair of Romani Studies and several appointed faculty members have the RSP unit as their institutional home.

List of courses delivered by RSP faculty in 2017-18 academic year:

Angela Kocze

Critical Romani Studies: Past, Present, and Future Approaches to Roma (Gypsy, Travellers, Sinti, etc) Related Studies, Winter Term, cross-listed with the Sociology and Social Anthropology Department and Gender Studies Department

Gender, Race, Class: Global Inequalities, Winter Term, cross-listed with the Gender Studies Department and Political Science Department

Critical Race Theory: Race and Law from the United States to Europe, Spring, cross-listed with the Legal Studies Department and Gender Studies Department

Iulius Rostas

Critical Approaches to Policy Making towards Roma in Europe (2 credits), Fall Term, cross-listed with the School of Public Policy

Romani identity in the XXIst century: from opression to mobilization(2 credits), Fall Term, cross-listed with the Nationalism Studies Program and Political Science Department

Jews and Roma in Europe in Comparative Perspective(2 credits), Winter Term, joint course with the Nationalism Studies Program and School of Public Policy