Conference – MEMOROBIA – Roma slavery in Romania. Knowledge, Memory and Reparation

LÖRDAG den 17 juni KL. 09:30

Evenemang av Solvor Mjøberg LauritzenMaria Dumitru och Magda Matache

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The conference “Memorobia – Roma Slavery in Romania. Knowledge Memory and Reparations” will include scientific presentations from scholars who conduct research in the fields of Critical Romani Studies, racial slavery, and racism. Additionally, there will be discussions about racial slavery in the Romanian Principalities and other parts of the world and the processes of reparations necessary to repair the harm.

This event will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. EET at the University of Bucharest Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Amphitheater Martin Luther King, 7-13 Pitar-Moș, 1st floor. The event will be held in a hybrid format in order to facilitate a dialogue between in-room and remote (Zoom) participants. Please contact Delia Grigore, President of Amare Rromentza, at for the Zoom details.

This event is jointly organized by Amare Rromentza; MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society; the Department of Critical Romani Studies at Södertörn University; and the Roma Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. The conference is organized under the framework of the MEMOROBIA project, funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Conference programme

9:30 – 10:00: Gathering and Registration

10:00 – 10:20: Welcoming Remarks
Delia Grigore, Ph.D., President, Amare Rromentza
Solvor Mjøberg Lauritzen, Associate Professor of Education, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society
Maria Dumitru, Ph.D. Student, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society

10:20 – 12:30: Panel 1 – History of Roma Slavery
Panel Chair: Georgiana Enache, Director, Amare Rromentza
Ion Sandu, School Inspector and Teacher of History (History of Roma slavery in Romanian countries)
Vali Negoi Roma, Ph.D., Producer RomStoria (Slavery, a type of servitude much tougher than Rumânia/Vecinia)
Marius Turda, Professor in the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion, Oxford Brookes University and Adrian Nicolae Furtună, Head of the Research Department, National Center for Roma Culture – Romano Kher (Slavery and Global (In)justice: Ioana Rudareasa and Dred Scott)
Delia Grigore, Ph.D., President, Amare Rromentza (Consequences of Roma slavery on Roma’s self-image and social status)
Marian Iulian Baboi, School Inspector and Teacher of History (How slavery shaped collective memory)
Discussion: Knowledge and knowledge gaps on Roma slavery in Romania

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:30: Panel 2 – Roma Slavery Research and Education
Panel Chair: Maria Dumitru, Ph.D. Student, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society
Petre Petcuț, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Bucharest (Research on the Roma Slavery in Romania)
Maria Luiza Medeleanu, Ph.D. student, the University of Bucharest (Roma slavery in Romanian education)
Claudia Lenz, Professor and Chair for Prevention of Racism and Antisemitism (History teaching and prevention of racism)
Cezara David, Program Director, Center for Legal Resources (Textbooks and Roma slavery)
Elena Radu, Ph.D., Teacher of Romani Language (The importance of including Roma slavery in the school curriculum)
Discussion: Ways forward for Roma slavery education

15:30 – 16:00: Coffee break

16:00 – 17:45: Panel 3 – Reparations for Roma Slavery
Panel Chair: Margareta (Magda) Matache, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Social and Behavioral Studies, Harvard University
Ian Hancock, Professor Emeritus (The case for Roma reparations) (tbc)
Bert Samuels, Attorney, KJS Law Firm (Reparations for slavery in Jamaica)
Iulius Rostaș, Ph.D., Visiting Professor at the National School of Political Studies and Administration and Ciprian Nodis, Founding Member Interethnic Association of Dumitrita (tbc) (Antigypsyism in Romania. Lessons not Learnt – findings)
Mihai Neacșu, President, CNCR (Achievements of the National Center for Roma Culture – Romano Kher in what concerns the Knowledge and the Memory of Roma Slavery)
Discussion: Reparations for Roma slavery in Romania

17:45 – 18:15: Concluding Remarks
Jan Selling, Associate Professor of History and Head of the Department of Critical Romani Studies, Södertörn University
Nicoleta Bițu, Ph.D., Romani feminist activist
Delia Grigore, President, Amare Rromentza


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