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‘The Historical Identity of “Gypsies”’

Ian Hancock (Romani Studies)

Fri, March 21, 2014 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Black’s Gypsy Bibliography, which includes nothing later than 1914, lists 351 novels, 199 plays, and 133 ballads in the British literary tradition alone which feature ‘Gypsy’—more frequently written ‘gypsy’—characters. The portrayal invariably differs greatly from the actual identity of the Romani people, and has caused considerable misunderstanding. Ian Hancock will explain the origin of the popular stereotype, its repercussions, and how it is being addressed by Roma activists today.
Ian Hancock is sole Romani member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. ‘The Ian Hancock Graduate Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies’ and the ‘Ian Hancock Roma Education Centre’ were named in his honor.  He is the author or editor of over 400 publications, including We Are the Romani People (1995).

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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