Call for Papers: Journal of Gypsy Studies inaugural issue

Call for Papers

The Journal of Gypsy Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes research articles, conversations/interviews, book reviews, conference reports, viewpoints, and letters on the groups known as and associated with Gypsies. Although the production of academic work pertaining to the cultural, social, economic, and political lives of Gypsies is increasing, there is still a need for research and theoretical contributions that centre on issues of poverty, discrimination, the sedentary/nomad divide, migration, urban policies, and citizenship and identity, among others.

The aim of the Journal of Gypsy Studies is to create a platform where different disciplines and approaches can be brought together to address these topics and establish a genuine forum for serious discussion and exchange among researchers in the field. The journal addresses a broad audience of students, professionals, policy makers, and enthusiasts, and offers an accessible venue for sound scholarship and research.

The Journal of Gypsy Studies invites submissions in all disciplines, including history, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, law, musicology, cinema, literature, psychology, and linguistics. Contributions on under-researched regions where large Gypsy populations live are particularly welcome, especially the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Given the pejorative adjectives attributed to the term, the editors of the Journal of Gypsy Studies are aware that use of the word ‘Gypsy’ may provoke controversy. However, the decision to use this word in the journal’s title is informed by a desire to challenge the stereotypes it conveys, aiming at a (re)definition of the word. Furthermore, we hope that use of this term can highlight ethnic and linguistic heterogeneity, referring both to the Roma that originated in India specifically as well as other peripatetic communities from various geographical areas, such as the Rom, Jenische, Sinti, Lom, Dom, Irish Travellers, and others. Yet, the editors of the journal value approaches problematizing the word ‘Gypsy’ in a world where discriminatory acts and discourses are common, and hope that research informed by these approaches will find its place among the journal’s pages.

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