Origin of the project
A new joint action between the Council of Europe and the European Union, aimed at setting up a
European Academic Network on Romani Studies, concluded on a programme of a two-year duration (June 2011 – May 2013). The project reflects a DG EAC initiative on Intercultural Dialogue leading to an initial brainstorming in 2009, a follow-up meeting in March 2010, gathering some 40 experts in the field who discussed the interest and feasibility of the future network, and more recently in March 2011, a consultation between some eminent academics on Romani Studies and representatives of the European Commission and the Council of Europe, on objective criteria to be set for membership, the nomination and the role of a scientific committee and the recruitment of the secretariat of the network. The project builds upon networks and results of the work on Roma education and inclusion carried out by the Council of Europe.
Aims of the network
The overall aim of the project is to facilitate intercultural dialogue and support efforts towards the social inclusion of Romani citizens in Europe. The project raises the visibility of existing research and fosters cooperation with policymakers, by providing evidence for better conceived policy initiatives. One of its key roles
is to provide references and guidance to policymakers and young researchers.
Scope and composition of the network
The network involves recognised academics working on Romani studies, as well as junior researchers who
are mentored, thus creating a true interdisciplinary community of researchers. Access to the network
is permanently open to all experts with relevant expertise on the basis of agreed and transparent criteria. The network itself, through a scientific committee composed of a restricted group of academics, develops mechanisms to generate common positions on policy issues and debates. It establishes co-operation with civil society organisations and policymakers. Moreover, an observer status
may be given to relevant civil society organisations.
Activities and network management
Activities of the network mainly consists of:
provision of policy advice on Roma issues;
grants for early career researchers and training support;
scientific conferences gathering the network members and smaller seminars;
a database of relevant research and researchers;
project website, etc.
They are steered by the scientific committee with the assistance of a secretary and an assistant. The management of the project itself
is jointly overseen by the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Each institution has appointed a coordinator.
Research Seminar "Gender, Ethnicity and Class in Roma Studies: Whither Intersectionality?"
(Cluj-Napoca, Romania) from 11 to 14 April 2013
Research Seminar "Roma in the Post-Soviet Countries: History, Ethnography, Policy", Chisinău (Republic of Moldova) from 2 to 4 April 2013
- Read the article about the seminar (Romani Legal Newsletter n°8, April 2013). (Russian only)
meeting of the Scientific Committee, Brussels, 13-14 December 2012
Election for the Scientific Committee,
meeting of the Scientific Committee, Paris, 26 June 2012
2nd meeting of the Scientific
Committee, Brussels, 14 December 2011
The European Academic Network on Romani Studies was presented at the Conference
"From segregation to integration - the role of culture in Roma inclusion", organised by the European Commission on 18 April 2012 in Brussels.
Members of the Network attended the
Extraordinary European Platform on Roma Inclusion organised by the European Commission on 22 March 2012 in Brussels, Belgium
Participation of some Network's Members in the Seminar URBA-ROM
'Dynamiques d'insertion des publics en grande précarité : l'expérience des migrants
Roms en France. Regards croisés action/recherche', Paris, 5 November
Participation of some Network's Members in the Regional
"Promoting the Right to Quality Education for Roma People" on 17-18 October
in Belgrade (Serbia)
Participation of some Network's representatives in the
Roma Youth Conference (26-30 September 2011)
László Fosztó, Secretary of the Network attended the
Summit of Mayors on Roma
on 22 September in Strasbourg (the outcome of which was the decision on the creation of a European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma inclusion
1st meeting of the Scientific
Committee, Paris, 23 June 2011
The Strasbourg Declaration on Roma
Mediation for Roma
The Romani Archives and Documentation Center (RADOC)
The specialized library with archive "Studii Romani"
ECRI General Policy Recommendation no.13 on combating anti-Gypsyism and discrimination against Roma
Final Declaration of the Summit of Mayors on Roma
Database of policies and good practices
Protecting the Rights of Roma
Remembrance of the Holocaust
European Roma and Travellers Forum