W116
Beyond identity: new directions in the anthropology of Roma/Gypsy groups

Convenors:
Yasar Abu Ghosh (Charles University, Prague)
László Fosztó (ISPMN Cluj, Romania)
Chair:
Paloma Gay y Blasco
Format:
Workshops
Location:
309
Start time:
29 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

In this workshop we invite participants to look beyond the ethnospace as a paramount context for the anthropology of Roma/Gypsy groups and to investigate the empirical evidence of strategies for circumventing identity politics on the part of various actors habitually considered Roma/Gypsy.

Long abstract:

"Classical" anthropologies of various Roma/Gypsy groups show a remarkable resemblance in focusing on collective identity as a vehicle of the capacity of these groups to re-invent the world and as a source of resistance. The overwhelming framework of the ethnographic accounts is linked to questions of native conceptions of belonging and difference from the surrounding population. In this workshop we invite participants to look beyond the ethnospace as a paramount context for the anthropology of Roma/Gypsy groups and to investigate the empirical evidence of strategies for circumventing identity politics on the part of various actors habitually considered Roma/Gypsy.