Dec 12, 2009

Conference: Roma, Ashkali and Balkan-Egyptians, Giessen, 22.1.2010

Since the 1990ies, a growing concern in both the media and academia emerged regarding the situation of Roma in Eastern Europe due to the fact that they became, in countries in transition, a target and victim of nationalism resulting in the worsening of the groups’ living conditions, especially in comparison with the majority society. This is also the case in former Yugoslavia, specifically after the wars of the Nineties. Since 1999, if one mentions Roma in Kosovo but also in Serbia
and Macedonia, “Ashkali and Egyptians” has to be added for reason of specification. All three groups are referred to as “Gypsies” by the majority society and were expelled from Kosovo in 1999 and 2004.

Not only in Kosovo but also in the neighbouring countries such as Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia, members of all three communities are living as refugees from Kosovo or citizens of the country. As yet, only few scholars have discussed the issue of the nation building of Egyptians and the dilemma they are facing in a society predominantly Albanian, Serbian or Macedonian.

This conference aims at discussing PhD projects regarding the history and anthropology of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians in former Yugoslavia.

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9:00 Prof. Dr. Markus Koller (Giessen):
Welcome address

9:15 Dr. Ger Duijzings (London):
Introductory talk about research on Egyptians and afterthoughts

10:00 Claudia Lichnofsky (Giessen):
Switching of Identities at Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians

10:45 Coffee break

11:00 Adam Balcer (Warsaw):
The Persian Origin of Ashkali

11:45 Adeline Chiron (Strasbourg) :
Identity Spectrum in Kosovo: From social Domination to Political Calculus

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Nando Sigona (Oxford):
Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians in Post-Independence Kosovo

14:45 Dr. Ana Devic (Glasgow):
No Name for My Place: Transnational Marginality of the Kosovo Roma

15:30 Coffee break

15:45 Vesna Delic (Podgorica):
The Case of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians in Montenegro

16:30 Svetlana Cirkovic (Belgrade):
Stereotyping Ashkalies: living in Belgrade slums and suburbs

17:15 Coffee break

17:30 Final discussion

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Claudia Lichnofsky
Osteuropäische Geschichte
Justus-Liebig- Universitä t Giessen
35394 Gießen
Tel. 0641-99-28024


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