beyond Stereotypes: cultural exchanges and the Romani Contribution to European Public Spaces



BESTROM explores the cultural contribution to Europe’s public space/s of its Romani minorities
(Roma, Sinti, Manouche, Gitanos, and others), considering them as agents in the
processes of building shared European commons and identities. Approaching them as
active subjects of cultural production, the research goes beyond scholarship that treats
“Gypsies” as passive objects of othering. It can challenge popular stereotypes, promoting
acceptance of diversity and critical reflection on otherness. It is a project that has both
political and ethical urgency, given the current rise of exclusionary nationalisms across
Europe, the hardening of borders and resistance to exchange, one of whose features is
the transference of long-standing prejudices against “Gypsies” to new migrant groups.
The project rests on a twofold hypothesis: first, Romani groups have made a meaningful
contribution to the development of local, national and transnational public spaces in Europe;
their presence must be seen by majority societies as a cultural resource, not as a
problem. Second, certain historical features of these groups - adaptability, mobility, multilingualism
- constitute a cultural matrix rich in possibilities for a renewed European identity.
From this point of view, Romani minorities are not Europe’s others, but
quintessentially Europeans.
Gällande start-/slutdatum01/06/201901/06/2021


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