Roma in the Centre: Archiving Roma Cultural Heritage

Kuva: Voitto Kantokorpi, SKS 2016
21.10.2019 - 13:00 - 22.10.2019 - 16:00
Finnish Literature Society, Great Hall, Hallituskatu 1, Helsinki

Roma in the Centre workshops provide a platform for discussion of Romani agency in various forms of literature, folklore and cultural production. Workshops are supported by the Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) and organized by Finnish Literature Society, Södertörn University and University of Island. Three workshops are held in Reykjavik, Helsinki and Stockholm 2019 – 2020.


Monday 21.10.

13.00 Opening words

Session I: Agency, ownership and gatekeepers

  • "I hear them talk about culture..." Asymmetric power relations in reminiscences materials on the Finnish Roma, Miika Tervonen, Migration Institute of Finland
  • Participation as a redistribution of power? Marko Stenroos, University of Helsinki
  • “They look me in the eyes and I smile and then we know” – The Interaction of Finnish Roma and East European Roma in Finland, Lidia Gripenberg,  University of Helsinki

14.30 Coffee

15.00–16.30 Session II: Roma as part of the national heritage

  • Researching Romani literature in library and archival collections, Sofiya Zahova, University of Island
  • Presentation of the Finnish Literature Society’s Archive and The Roma Archives of Finland − Finitiko kaalengo arkiivos, Risto Blomster and Juha Nirkko, Finnish Literature Society


Tuesday 22.10.

10.00–11.00 Session III: Roma as part of the national heritage

  • Representation of Roma within Art and Music – How the Visions and the Reality mismatch, Miritza Lundberg and Airi Markkanen, Uniarts Helsinki & University of Eastern Finland
  • Archiving the interview materials of Roma related projects in Estonia, Eva-Liisa Roht-Yilmaz, University of Tartu

11.00–12.30 Lunch

12.30–14.00 Session IV: Romani Language

  • Romani language and dialects in the archival collections (the case of Nikolaj Pankov collection), Kirill Kozhanov, Södertörn University
  • Romani words in Finnish language web discussion of the Finnish Roma, Mirkka Salo, University of Helsinki
  • New Trends in Nordic Romani Linguistics, Kimmo Granqvist, Södertörn University / University of Helsinki

14.00–14.30 Coffee

14.30–16.00 Session V: Visions and future developments

  • Visual History of Latvian Roma: A Pilot Project of Photo Elicitation, Ieva Tihovska, University of Latvia
  • Possibilities of Archival Pedagogy in Developing Awareness of Roma Culture and History, Kati Mikkola, Finnish National Agency for Education
  • Visions and future possibilities for developing Roma agency and ownership as part of the national heritage, Henna Huttu, Roma and Traveller Unit, Council of Europe