Arts and Ideas

Culture Beyond Borders: The Roma Contribution

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Sunday, April 9, 2017, 6:30pm | Room 110, Barker Center

I Declare at My Own Risk
Alina Serban
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, U.K.

A young Roma actress tells the tale of her painful journey, looking the public straight in the eyes... far from the flamboyant guitars of Gypsy kings... this solo performance becomes a troubling metaphor for all forgotten children.
- Judith Sibony, Le Monde

Introductory Remarks: Dan Dimancescu, Boston's Honorary Consulate of Romania


Monday, April 10, 2017 | Day-long Symposium | Room 110, Barker Center

Welcome | 9:00am

Jennifer Leaning
Director
Harvard FXB Center


Introductory Remarks: The Roma Contribution in Global Context | 9:10am

Margareta Matache
Director of the Roma Program and Instructor
Harvard FXB Center


Keynote Remarks | 9:20am

Chair

Arlan Fuller
Executive Director
Harvard FXB Center

Discussant

Homi Bhabha
Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities
Harvard University

Keynote Speech

Word, Image, Thought: Creating the Romani Other
Kenneth Lee
Author, Orientalism and Gypsylorism


Panel One: The Romani Contribution to World Ideas, Arts, and Culture | 10:15am

Chair

Jacqueline Bhabha
Director of Research
Harvard FXB Center

Discussant

Amartya Sen (tbc)
Thomas W. Lamont University Professor
Harvard University

Presenters

Andrzej Mirga
Chair
Roma Education Fund

Alexandra Oprea
Lawyer
Columbia University

Herbert Heuss
Senior Advisor
Central Council of German Sinti and Roma

Aidan McGarry
Author, Romaphobia


Lunch Break & Realizing Roma Rights Book Launch | 11:45am


Panel Two: Roma Identity in Scholarship | 1:00pm

Chair

Betty Blythe
Professor
Boston College

Presenters

Jelena Jovanovic
Junior Research Fellow, Center for Policy Studies
Central European University

Cristina Dragomir
Postdoctoral Fellow, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania

Kristin Raeesi
Researcher, Institute of Social and Economic Research
University of Alaska

Veselina Lambrev
Program Mentor, Professional Education Practice Doctorate
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Petre Breazu
PhD Candidate on Media and Communication
Orebro University in Sweden


Panel Three: The Production of Roma Culture in Musical and Visual Arts | 2:15pm

Chair

Kay Kaufman Shelemay
G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies
Harvard University

Discussant

Urs Heftrich
Chair of Slavic Literatures, University of Heidelberg and Visiting Scholar Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Harvard University

Presenters

Alina Serban
Actress, Romania

Carol Silverman
Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Folklore
University of Oregon

Erika Lakatos
Photographer, Painter, Singer

Radmila Mladenova
The Slavic Institute, Heidelberg University


Coffee Break | 3:30pm


Panel Four: Self and Other: Literary Representations (and Misrepresentations) of Roma | 3:45pm

Chair

Diana Sorensen
Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages
Harvard University

Discussant

Martin Puchner
Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature
Harvard University

Presenters

Ismael Cortés Gómez
Peace Studies, Instituto Interuniversitario de Desarrollo Social y Paz

Ronald Lee
Author, The Living Fire

Oksana Marafioti
Author, American Gypsy: A Memoir

Jud Nirenberg
Author, Johann Trollmann and Romani Resistance to the Nazis


Closing Session | 5:00pm

Jacqueline Bhabha


Cocktail reception | 6:30pm | Room 110, Barker Center

The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights hosts the Fifth Annual Roma Conference, “Culture Beyond Borders: The Roma Contribution,” at Harvard University to mark International Roma Day.

Free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served.

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