Antiziganism – what’s in a word?

Extended Call for papers to
Uppsala international conference on the discrimination, marginalization and persecution of Roma*
in Uppsala (Sweden) in October 23-25, 2013.

Research that deals with the discrimination, marginalization and persecution of Roma is an expanding but rather new discipline. There are a few exceptions from the late 1960s and early 1970s, but broadly speaking, systematic research was not introduced until the late 1980s. It still does not always seem natural to include thoughts and actions hostile to Roma within research designs created for prejudice research.
Internationally, there are a number of approaches to this phenomenon. There are also a number of concepts that are being used, such as Antiziganism, Antigypsyism, Antiromanism and Romaphobia. None of these concepts – or variants in other languages – is universally accepted, and the approaches are developed in different national and disciplinary contexts without much dialogue. There exists no theory of Antiziganism.
The Hugo Valentin Centre at the Uppsala University, Sweden, invites scholars to an international, cross-disciplinary conference on the uses and approaches of Antiziganism research. In the Main Seminar, scholars including Ian Hancock, Michael Stewart, Vanja Ljujic and Herbert Heuβ will discuss the theoretical and methodological issues that seem pertinent to solve for the research to evolve. We also arrange a number of Side Seminars, as described below.
* “Roma” in this text is used in accordance to the official EU- and European Council-terminology: as an umbrella term that includes groups of people who share similar cultural characteristics and a history of segregation in European societies, such as the Roma, Sinti, Travellers, Gens du voyage, Kalé etc. We are aware of the fact, that in some of the mentioned groups there is no consensus on this designation. The use of ethnonyms will be problematized in all sections of the conference.


Deadline for the paper drafts is May 31st, 2013. Please contact the seminar leaders individually.

Fees will apply only for lunch and dinner (optional).
General inquiries should be sent to rorhin[at] Please mark them CONFERENCE.


For further information about the conference you can also click here (pdf): conference info