2017 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Studies

Dear Members,


Let us inform you about an extra open panel focusing on Roma health will be held at the upcoming GLS Annual Conference in Cyprus.


Engaging with Romani health across disciplinary boundaries

Panel coordinators: Andrej Belak, P J Safarik University in Kosice ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Edit Szenassy (Charles University in Prague) and Eirik Saethre (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

While Romani groups around the globe have persistently experienced poorer health outcomes than majority populations, there is still a dearth of research exploring the dynamics of this disparity. Even as medical and public health researchers have a growing interest in Romani health and a newfound willingness to address the social determinants of wellness, such as discriminatory practices in health care, these approaches often disregard pervasive historical, social, and economic factors. This is in part because biomedical and social scientists work in isolation from one another with contrastive goals and methodologies. Survey-based studies provide descriptive, statistically representative assessments of illness but are uninformed by existing social science research on particular Romani communities. In contrast, ethnographic studies often focus solely on critical and theoretical perspectives which lack concrete strategies for realistically improving the health status of Roma. Striving to facilitate dialogue between diverse disciplines, this panel examines the boundaries and intersections of Romani health research. We invite sociologists, anthropologists, public health researchers, psychologists, and medical professionals to reflect upon their research goals, methodologies, outcomes, and ethical considerations. Through interdisciplinary engagement, this panel addresses longstanding debates regarding the division between, and value of, applied and theoretical research.

The deadline for receiving abstracts for the panel is 31 March 2017. Papers intended for the open panel will be reviewed by the program committee and the panel organizers."


With any further queries regarding the panel, feel free to contact also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Best regards,


Toolkit on social participation. Methods and techniques for ensuring the social participation of Roma populations and other social groups in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes to improve their health (2016)

'The WHO Regional Office for Europe developed the toolkit on social participation to help various stakeholders to promote social participation in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategies, programmes and activities to improve population health. This publication is intended for use by policy-makers, project coordinators, professionals and nongovernmental organizations involved in promoting social participation by the general population, including Roma and other social groups (with the understanding that social participation processes must explicitly, but not exclusively, include Roma). 

The toolkit comprises a detailed list of methods and techniques for promoting social participation throughout the policy process, providing examples and case studies mainly based on experience with promoting social participation by Roma populations in the WHO European Region.' (Source: WHO/Europe website)

If you are interested in the toolkit and you would like to download itplease, visit the following LINK.


Broaden Horizons - Networks and Experiences for Successful Roma Inclusion

This international conference is an opportunity for the presentation of projects, good practices, exchange experiences and project results, creating new partnerships and alliances for more successful Roma inclusion. The e-Roma Resource project kindly invite you to submit your materials (by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and present your projects on the platform.

The event was held on 26th and 27th November 2015 in Terme Dolenjske Toplice in Slovenia.

If you are interested in the programme and further information please, visit the following website: http://www.en.broadenhorizons.si/.

HERE you can read the Conclusions of this International Conference.

A PUBLICATION is also available in the website. The publication is a result of feedback of the conference participants.


Anglickona Shibako Programo le Romenge - Roma English Language Program (RELP)

O Open Society Foundations - Roma Initiatives Office (OSF) thaj o Roma Education Fund (REF) zhutil kadi iniciacija. Kadalake shibako programoski gazda thaj kordinatori avla o Mashkarutna Europaki Univerzita.

O avri hirdetime shtipendiumo lasho shajipe si le romenge te len rig p’ekh 8 shonengo intenzivno anglickona shibako programo pe la Mashkarutna Europaki Univerzita, andej Budapeshta andel 2014/15-to sityimasko bersh. Le „Anglickona Shibako Programo le Romenge” anavesko programosko celo si kodo, te resen majdur, personalno te barvajven le mashkarutna thaj orientickona europake rom, save pel univerziti sityon.

Le somnosarimaski vramako agor: 2014. majushi 20.

Pel somnosarimaski kondiciji shaj rakhen majbut informaciji pe kadi webrig: RELP.


Open Society Institute - Workshop - EUPHA'S 5th Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health

Pel “EUPHA (European Public Health Association) 5th Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Granada”-ke konferencija o Open Society Foundations’ Roma Health Program individialno panelo organizindas le ‘Promoting Roma inclusion in health in the context of the current systemic crisis in Europe: challenges and opportunities’ anavesa.


Amare celura: Opre te pinzharen kodo, sar den effekto pel rom kodo, ke le Europake thema sa majcerra love den le sastyimaski thaj le socialni sistemake. Perdal o workshop majbut sama line pel kodole romengi situacija, save andej mashkarutni thaj orienticko Europa beshen, opre hasnime le NGO-vonge (non-governmental organisation = naguvernmentikane organizaciji) pershpektivi, save kodo phenen avri, ke le romen si kris karing kodi te resen o sastyipe thaj kadi kamen angle te zhutin thaj pe kodo ke resen le sastyimasko nivelo le majoritetongo.


Rezultatura, save shaj zhukaras:

  • Perdal te dikhen kodo, ke sosko effekto das la ekonomijaki kriza le romenge sastyimaske, thaj shaj resen le sastyimaski sistema;
  • Te resas o zhanipe pala kodole kethanutne shajimata, ande savende kethanes zhanasas butyi te keras, ke sa pala kodo sile kerde, le rom te shaj resen le sastyimaski sistema majmishto thaj te na avel lengi situacija majnasul.



-          Alina Covaci, Program Officer, Open Society Foundations, Roma Health Programs

-          Mária Éva Földes, Assistant Professor, University of Vienna, Institute for European Integration Research



- Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

- Istvan Szilard, Professor, University of Pecs Medical School

- Deyan Kolev, Chairman, NGO Center Amalipe

- Marius Radulescu, Coordinator, NGO Roma Center for Health Policies Sastipen


Le worshop-oski vrama: aprilishi 10. (zhoja) 9:00 – 11:00