Research of religiosity, spirituality and irreligiozity among the Roma in Slovakia

Information about the project and its outputs

The Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology Slovak Academy of Sciences (IESA SAS) public research organization and the Vigdís International Centre (VIC) for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding as public research university have signed the Framework Agreement on Cooperation to promote the development of science and research, the application of new scientific knowledge in practice, the presentation, popularization and dissemination of scientific knowledge as well as for the benefit of the development of domestic and international scientific cooperation and communication to mutually coordinated approaches in ensuring the common interests in scientific research, organizational, legislative, editorial, presentation-promotional and educational areas, as well as in other spheres of common intentions.


The Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding (Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute) operates under the auspices of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, and is affiliated with the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland. For more information see:


The Center’s Important agenda is promoting Romani studies through the special program “Roma in the Centre“. This initiative unites several Romani Studies-related projects under the auspices of the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages. The initiative is the expression of a long-term commitment to research, present, and popularise — in Iceland, in Nordic countries, in Europe, and globally — the literature and culture of the Roma/Gypsies.


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The Framework Agreement on Cooperation is an output of the project APVV-22-0389 RELIROMA.


The text of the Agreement is available here:

The introductory meeting of the project APVV-22-0389 RELIROMA is organized by the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology, SAV, and will take place on November 10 – 11, 2023, at the Hotel under the Linden Tree in Modra-Harmónia.


Please, find the program  HERE and also the presentations by T. Z. Podolinská and J. Majo


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The current edition provides an opportunity for the young generation of Slovak and Czech PhD students to present their work to an expert audience and receive targeted feedback from internationally established experts in the field of Roma studies.



The event is organized in collaboration with the Seminar of Romani Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University in Prague and is an outcome of the APVV-22-0389 project RELIROMA.



You can find the event program here.







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The Principal Investigator of the APVV-22-0389 RELIROMA project, Tatiana Zachar Podolinská, participated in the organization of the world congress of the international Gypsy Lore Society (GLS) in Brazil (November 2-6, 2023, in Saõ Paolo). As part of the conference, she led a thematic panel dedicated to religiosity, spirituality, and non-religiosity among Roma worldwide. Within the panel she made an active contribution in which she presented the intentions and methodology of the RELIROMA project, and the results of research devoted to private apparitions with Christian and spiritual motifs (Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, Angels, Demons, “magic eyes”, etc.) among the Roma in Slovakia and discursive analysis of their media image in Slovak mass media (print and social media and TV).


The program of the conference is HERE.


The Book of abstracts is HERE.


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Photo 2: Congress Gypsy Lore Society (Elena Marushiakova)



Photo 3: Religious panel 1 (Tatiana Zachar Podolinská)




Photo 4: Religious panel 2 (Tatiana Zachar Podolinská)



Photo 5: Religious panel 3 (Tatiana Zachar Podolinská)