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Day 1: Symposium: New Directions in the Study of the Roma Genocide

May 10, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

This two-day, in-person symposium, organised by The Wiener Holocaust Library and the University of Cambridgewill be held at the Library 10 – 11 May 2023. It will bring together early career researchers and senior academics to discuss new directions in the study of the Roma genocide.

Co-convenors: Dr Barbara Warnock, The Wiener Holocaust Library, Clara Dijkstra, The Wiener Holocaust Library and University of Cambridge, Dr Celia Donert, University of Cambridge.

Day 1

10:00 – 11:30: Panel 1, Microhistory (1)
Chair: Celia Donert
Grégoire Cousin: ‘The fate of the Roma deported to Suha-Balca farm: writing a collective history of the victims’
Anna Míšková: “The Return Unwanted’, the story of one family against the background of Nazi persecution in the protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia’
Paula Simon: ‘A mosaic of sources: Writing a microhistory of the Samudaripen in Niš, Serbia’

11:45 – 13:15: Panel 2, Microhistory (2)
Chair: Barbara Warnock
Petre Matei: ‘Roma women’s petitions to rescue their deported families: A case study from Romania’
Michala Lônčíková: “Detention Camp for Gypsies’ in Dubnica nad Váhom in the Romani testimonies from the compensation files of Slovakia’
Laura Stoebener: ‘Thirteen Dossiers: Survivors of the genocide of Roma in Belgium’

14:15 – 16:15: Panel 3, Testimonies as objects of analysis
Chair: Clara Dijkstra
Aleksandra Szczepan: ‘Negotiating testimonial agency: Nowa Huta Roma in Holocaust archives’
Eva Sammadar: ‘Embodying suffering of Roma in Serbia between 1941 and 1944 through arts and oral testimonies’
Helena Sadílková and Lada Viková: ‘Experiences difficult to communicate’: Post-war testimonies by Jan Ištvan, a Romani Holocaust survivor, and the history of his family in the Czech lands’
Maria Bogdan: ‘Self-Representation: Survivor interviews as trauma texts and as part of the deconstructive shift of the Romani movements’

18:30-19:45: Keynote lecture by Ari Joskowicz: ‘Roma, Jews and the Holocaust’
Chair: Celia Donert

Explore the full Draft Programme here.

This symposium is generously supported by the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, the George Macaulay Trevelyan Fund through the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge, and the Past & Present Society.

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