In July 2018, the European Parliament called on the newly-elected Italian government to discard their racist policy of collecting the fingerprints from Roma, including minors, with an aim to restrict free movement of EU citizens. This recent episode illustrates that Europe is currently undergoing major social, political and economic challenges, where 'the other' are often blamed for the hardships brought by the financial, migration and the rule of law crises, resulting in the rising nationalist and separatist political sentiments, at the expense of the European ideals of equality, human rights and social justice.
The Symposium, organised in collaboration with the international Roma Discussion Group, brings together promising junior researchers to encourage them to present their work and receive feedback from their peers and senior academics. The Group is a cross-disciplinary forum that organises workshops internationally, including in the UK (King's College London 2016, University of Glasgow 2017) and in Belgium (University of Leuven 2018).
The papers will explore the themes of Roma healthcare access, social and psychological effects of urban ghettoization and gender issues. The speaker and discussant profiles span widely across a plethora of disciplines, including Romani studies, politics, sociology, law, social policy, mental health, geography and history, allowing for valuable interdisciplinary interactions and for a '360 degree' analysis of the contemporary problems.
The topics discussed will be pertinent not only to European researchers, but also to the practice-oriented audience: policy makers, civic organisations supporting Roma migrants, legal advice charities, local government authorities, media outlets and community organisations, helping contribute to the public debate of protecting Roma Rights in Europe and at home.
The day will begin with the viewing of the well-acclaimed film A Ciambra (2017) that tells the story on Roma migrant community in Italy. It won the Europa Cinema Label prize for best European film at the 2017 Cannes film festival. The symposium will culminate with the keynote lecture by Dr Angéla Kóczé (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary).
The event is funded by the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and is free to attend. All welcome!
Dr Egle Dagilyte, Symposium Convener, Anglia Ruskin University
Can Yildiz, Convener of the Roma Discussion Group, King's College London
Travel support for Student & Early-Career Membersis available for this event.