Roma Empowerment, Workshop in Budapest

Deadline: 15 March, 2013
Open to: young, motivated, and experienced Roma researchers, activists, and professionals who have first hand experience with Roma-specific programs, bodies, initiatives.
Venue: 30th May and 1st June 2013,  Corvinus University of Budapest


Young, motivated, and experienced Roma and non-Roma researchers, activists, and professionals are invited to a workshop to critically reflect upon existing forms of Roma participation and to explore effective practices of participatory policy formation, research, and empowerment.

In the last two decades a complex network of organizations emerged specialised in the “Roma issue”, comprising non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, expert bodies, foundations, activists, and politicians. These actors have managed to raise the attention of international organizations and national governments to the plight of Roma; however, the social status of Roma has not improved significantly, with a large proportion of them still living at the margins of society.

The event seeks to explore how to go beyond exerting external pressure on governments in order to overcome the historical marginalization of Roma and to facilitate their substantive  participation and empowerment. In what ways could Roma participate in policies affecting their lives beyond taking part in limited forms of political consultations? What are the preconditions for the emergence of a strong and autonomous Roma civil society? How could large NGOs reach Roma communities at the ‘grassroots’? How to combine the struggle against racism, the promotion of democratic solidarity, and the reinforcement of an open Roma culture that allows for diverse and multiple identities? What lessons can be learnt from the experiences of Roma self-governments and ethnic political parties? How could universities, churches, companies, and media empower Roma?

Participants are invited to share before the workshop concrete cases of Roma empowerment. The cases will be discussed and elaborated with the help of senior participants at the workshop and will be published online afterwards.


The workshop aims to attract primarily young, motivated, and experienced Roma researchers, activists, and professionals who have first hand experience with Roma specific programs, bodies, initiatives. Participants should be willing to reflect critically  on their own experiences, share it with other workshop participants, and develop case studies. The language of the workshop is English: participants are expected to have a good command of English.


The European Academic Network for Romani Studies covers the travel and accommodation costs of a limited number of Roma participants.

In addition, a limited number of non- funded participants will be selected. Roma MA and PhD students and graduates up to five years after the completion may apply for funding. BA graduates may also be considered on a case-bycase basis. Participants will be selected on the basis of their experiences, their knowledge of English, and their statement on empowerment.


Candidates are required to fill in the online application form including a 300-word biographical note, a 1000-word statement on empowerment, and the submission of a CV.

The online application form is available here

Please submit application by 15 March 2013. Participants will be selected by 31 March 2013.


The Official Call