Critical Approaches to the Romani Studies: Past, Present, and Future
(2 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Angéla Kóczé, Assistant Professor
Romani Studies Program
Central European University

Winter Semester, 2018
Monday 11:00-12:40

Description: This course aims to re-envision Romani Studies through a critical lens and discuss further possibility to use new theoretical frameworks such as gender, critical race, and post-colonial theories to understand the situation of Roma in the context of changing social, economic, cultural, and political landscapes in Europe. Students will discuss concepts and arguments from the orientalist folklorist via anthropological and sociological studies and engage with emancipatory scholarship.
Through the semester students interrogate the intellectual and disciplinary traditions of Romani studies and examines the academic, cultural, and political impact of various Roma related studies. We will also analyze the historical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts of the specific Roma related ideas and concepts. We will identify the key trends in each set of approach and try to follow the transformation of these ideas. By the end of the course students will be able to use these approaches, concepts, and terms in a thoughtful and nuanced way informed by their scholarly critique.