Direction - Future . 25 years of freedom and the Roma People


Direction - Future . 25 years of freedom and the Roma People / Sławomir Kapralski , Małgorzata Kołaczek , Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska

Place ul. Michałowskiego 9/2, 31-126 Kraków, POLAND
Organizer Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego / Jagiellonian University Press
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Authors: Sławomir Kapralski , Małgorzata Kołaczek , Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska
PUB DATE: 2018
ISBN: 9788323345251
232 pages

Over the past two decades, in the wake of the post-communist transition, the emergence of Romani activism has been an important development accompanying political  changes in Central and Eastern Europe. As well as the emergence of Romani associations, international NGOs have been increasingly involved in the struggle against the discrimination of Roma. A special microcosm, specialized in the so-called "Roma issue" has developed, comprising non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, expert bodies, foundations, and activists.
This text discusses the emergence of the transitional Roma movement and the genesis of the "Roma issue" in international politics. In the framework of a historical overview, the main actors speaking, the main actors speaking on behalf of Roma are presented, from the medieval Gypsy Kings to the contemporary European Roma and Traveller Forum.

Sławomir Kapralski - PhD, Professor of the Pedagogical University in Krakow and a Recurrent Visiting Lecturer at the Lancaster University’s MA program operated by the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

Małgorzata Kołaczek – PhD in political sciences – assistant profesor in the Institute of Intercultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland; co-funder of the Dialog-Pheniben Foundation; managing editor of the socio-cultural quarterly "Dialog-Pheniben"

Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska – PhD in cultural anthropology, graduate of the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Antropology at the the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland; assistant professor at the the Jagiellonian University in the Institute of Intercultural Studies.

"This book is a part of current debate about democracy, multicultur-alism, minority rights and the role of migrants in contemporary European societies. It is an important publication which brings together theoretical narrative with expert and activist opinions - scholars and experts with Romani leaders and activists. At the same time this book is about crossing boundaries, about transcultural journey towards a society without discrimination, prejudice and divisions. It is a narration between Utopia and reality, realities and dreams, desires and capabilities. It also brings real, living people to the forefront, who are deeply rooted in their cultural and social environments. I recommend this book not only for scholars. It is a story about people like us, wanting to change their plight as well as fate of others. It is a report about lives of people entangled in dramatic twists and intricacies of contemporary history". - Professor Tadeusz Paleczny