The month of June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month, which has been celebrated every year across the UK since 2008.
Through celebration, education and raising awareness, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month aims to tackle prejudice, challenge myths and to amplify the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in wider society.
This year’s theme is ‘What Makes a Home?’
To celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month, Liverpool University Press is making a selection of articles free to read from two of our journals: Romani Studies and the Journal of Romanian Studies (new for 2022).
Keep on reading for an introduction to each journal and access to the selected articles which will be free to read throughout June.
Journal of Romanian Studies
Edited by Peter Gross and Svetlana Suveica
The Journal of Romanian Studies is one of our newest journals, published in partnership with the Society for Romanian Studies, it is essential reading for those working in and researching the political, socioeconomic and cultural developments of Romania and Moldova. The following articles are from the first issue which is new out this month and includes articles that reflect on Romanian and Moldovan history, exploring the controversies and nuances in their evolving societies and institutions.
Free to read journal articles in Journal of Romanian Studies:
“In ‘Mismeasuring Diversity: Popularizing Scientific Racism in the Romanian Principalities Around the Mid-Nineteenth Century’, Cosmin Koszor-Codrea examines an important topic whose echoes have not faded in contemporary Romania and Moldova. The winner of the Society of Romanian Study’s 12th Annual Graduate Student Essay Prize of 2020, Koszor-Codrea’s article deals with three case studies examining the intellectual roots of racial classifications in what he terms a “neglected episode” in Romanian history” – foreword by Peter Gross and Svetlana Suveica
“In the article ‘Regionalism or Otherness in Greater Romania: Bessarabia’s Response to Cultural Nationalism in the First Years after Unification (1918–1930)’, Valeria Chelaru reassesses the Romanian state’s integration and homogenization policies in Bessarabia after 1918, and the reaction to both. The case study shows how the Romanian regime’s ignorance of Russian cultural heritage in the region, which also lacked autonomy, together with its failed nationalizing policies, intensified regional opposition and resistance to national identity in the former imperial periphery” – foreword by Peter Gross and Svetlana Suveica
Edited by Elena Marushiakova and Colin Clark
On behalf of the Gypsy Lore Society, Romani Studies features articles on many different communities which, regardless of their origins and self-appellations in various languages, have been referred to in English as Gypsies. These communities include the descendants of migrants from the Indian subcontinent which have been considered as falling into three large subdivisions, Dom, Lom, and Rom.
The journal publishes articles in history, anthropology, ethnography, sociology, linguistics, art, literature, folklore and music, as well as reviews of books and audiovisual materials.
Free to read journal articles in Romani Studies:
An early vocabulary of British Romani (1616): A linguistic analysis
The Gypsy Court in Eastern Europe
ELENA MARUSHIAKOVA & VESSELIN POPOV
Gypsies and sixteenth-century Ireland
Romani literature and its digital forms
Recently published books
Lives beyond Stereotypes
Edited by Eve Rosenhaft & María Sierra
This book presents new research on the Romani contribution to European culture and society since the nineteenth century. Illustrated studies from nine countries exemplify their creative presence – as writers, artists and performers, political activists and resistance fighters, traders and entrepreneurs, circus and cinema managers and purveyors of popular science.
To find out more about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month visit the Friends, Families and Travellers website.