Roma: Self-Representation and Popular Media

Elisabeth BlanchetRomany Gypsy palmist at Stow-on-the-Wold horse fair, October 2011



Bringing together activists, academics, journalists and artists, this event will address the history and current state of discrimination against Roma people throughout the European Union, the campaigns for their rights, and the question of their representation in society, media and culture. The presentations and discussions will draw on direct experience, field and academic research, recent court cases and testimonies.

Programmed over three consecutive evenings, the symposium is arranged around three themes: Campaigners (12 June), Roma Voices (13 June), Creative Responses (14 June). 

The discussions will be chaired by Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP, with curators Gabi Scardi and Christine Eyene. Each panel will be open to debate and discussion with the audience.
 
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THE PROGRAMME
12 June 6:30 - 8:30pm
 
I. CAMPAIGNERS
This panel will look at the current status of Roma citizens in Europe and the campaigns for Roma causes. 

Speakers: Keynote speech by Dr Ethel Brooks, 2011-2012 Fulbright Visiting Distinguished Chair, University of the Arts, London. Presentation of Amnesty International’s campaigns for Roma rights. Chaired by Mark Sealy, Autograph ABP.
13 June 6:30 - 8:30pm
 
II. ROMA VOICES
Mainstream media usually depict Roma communities in a populist and caricatural manner. In this session, Roma personalities respond to media-related current topics.

Speakers: Elisabeth Blanchet, photographer; Tracie Giles, English Romani Gypsy activist; Damian James Le Bas, writer, poet and editor of Travellers’ Times; and Toma Nikolaev Maldenov, independent journalist. Chaired by Mark Sealy, Autograph ABP.
14 June 6:30 - 8:30pm
 
III. CREATIVE RESPONSES
This session presents examples of engaged creative responses from visual artists and filmmakers to the continued abuse of human rights with regard to the Roma. 

Speakers: Gabi Scardi, co-curator of Roma-Sinti-Kale-Manush at Rivington Place; Gary Thomas, director of Animate Projects; and Roz Mortimer, artist and filmmaker. Chaired by Christine Eyene, curator. 
This event is free but booking is essential
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