The Gypsy Lore Society Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy-Romani Studies

The Gypsy Lore Society (GLS) is an international association of persons interested in Gypsy and Traveller Studies. It was founded in Great Britain in 1888. Since 1989 it has been headquartered in the United States. Its goals include promotion of the study of Gypsy, Traveller, and analogous peripatetic cultures worldwide; dissemination of accurate information aimed at increasing understanding of these cultures in their diverse forms; and establishment of closer contacts among scholars studying any aspects of these cultures. The GLS publishes the twice-yearly Romani Studies (continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society), a quarterly Newsletter (for more information go here).
Gypsy Lore Society meetings are held on an annual basis and are rotated among different US cities and other countries. Meetings typically include presentations of recent research, discussion sessions, exhibits and films. Gypsy Lore Society members receive discounts on meeting registration fees. Recent meetings and conferences have been held at: Florence, Italy (1999); Washington, DC, USA (2000); Budapest, Hungary (2002); Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (2003); Newcastle upon Tyne, England (2004); Universidad de Granada, Spain (2005); Tucson, Arizona, USA (2006); University of Manchester, England (2007); Washington, DC, USA (2008); University of Helsinki, Finland (2009); Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (2010); Graz, Austria (2011); Istanbul, Turkey (2012); Glasgow, Scotland (2013). Future meetings and conferences will be held at: Kishinev, Moldova (2015); Cyprus (2016); Oaxaca, Mexico (2017); Malaga, Spain (2018).



will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, September 11 to 13, 2014 at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Mlynské Luhy 4, Bratislava. The meeting  and the conference are being organized on behalf of the Gypsy Lore Society by The Institute of Ethnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, in cooperation with Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava; Representation of European Commission in Slovakia; Roma Institute, Bratislava and Slovak Association for the Study of Religions, Bratislava.

2014 ANNUAL BOARD MEETING of the Gypsy Lore Society

will be held in the Institute of Ethnology, Klemensova 19, 813 64 Bratislava, September 10, 2014 at 16 pm.


Financial Aid

European Academic Network on Romani Studies has allocated some funds to support early career researchers participating in international conferences in Romani studies. Students whose papers are accepted for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference on Gypsy Studies can apply for support; applications will be selected by a committee appointed by the SC of the Network. An application is available on the network's web site, Inquiries should be sent to:

Gypsy Lore Society will award two stipends of $250 each to eligible Conference participants. Applicants should currently be enrolled in a PhD program or those up to three years past completion of their PhD requirements. Their conference papers should be accepted. They should not have received aid for meeting attendance from another source. Applicants should send a letter of application to the Gypsy Lore Society treasurer,, by July 10, 2014. The letter should indicate your school and program and what other sources of aid are available to you. The review committee will announce the awards by July 30, 2014.

Institute of Ethnology SAS is offering the conference fee discount. Few conference participants from low income countries, unemployed or young participants can apply for a conference registration fee discount and will pay only 20 Euro for registration. Participants who are eligible and interested in registration fee discount should send their CVs and motivation letter indicating reasons for discount to conference email address, by July 10, 2014 with the subject "conference fee discount". The review committee will announce the applicants by July 30, 2014.