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Book cover: The Rights of the Roma The Struggle for Citizenship in Postwar Czechoslovakia

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Roundtable: The Rights of the Roma: The Struggle for Citizenship in Postwar Czechoslovakia

Joint event with the Institute of Historical Research and the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

Wed 30 May 2018

Time: 6pm - 7:30pm

Joint event with the Rethinking Modern Europe seminar, Institute of Historical Research and the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.

The Rights of the Roma writes Romani struggles for citizenship into the history of human rights in socialist and post-socialist Eastern Europe. Roma often appear as victims in human rights narratives; instead, this book draws on extensive original research in Czech and Slovak archives, sociological and ethnographic studies, and oral histories to foreground Romani activists as advocates for their own rights under socialism. Exploring how Roma responded to the legacies of genocide and the building of socialism, this vivid social and political history also sheds new light on human rights in twentieth-century Czechoslovakia. The post-socialist human rights movement did not spring from the dissident movements of the 1970s, but rather emerged in response to the collapse of socialist citizenship after 1989.

About the speakers:

Celia Donert is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century History at the University of Liverpool. She currently holds an AHRC Leadership Fellowship, and in 2017-18 is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Global History, Freie Universität Berlin, and visiting professor in the history of human rights at the University of Vienna. She is also leading an AHRC research network exploring the legacies of the Romani genocide in Europe after 1945.

Michael Stewart is Professor of Social Anthropology at UCL and the author of numerous publications on European Roma, including The Gypsy Menace: Populism and the New Anti-Gypsy Politics (London, 2012) and The Time of the Gypsies (Boulder, 1997).

Becky Taylor is Reader in Modern History at the University of East Anglia and Britain's leading historian of Gypsies, Roma, and Travellers. She is the author of A Minority and the State: Travellers in Britain in the Twentieth Century (Manchester: MUP, 2008) and Another Darkness, Another Dawn: A History of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (Reaktion: London, 2014).

The event will be chaired by Alex Drace-Francis.  Alex is Associate Professor in the Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe, University of Amsterdam.

Location: The Wiener Library - click for map

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