Multiculturalism and Minorities

Roma Workshop Agenda

Policy, Inclusion and Education Rights of Roma Children: Challenges and Successes in the EU and North America

European Union Centre of Excellence, University of Alberta  

March 26-27, 2015

Alumni House, 11515 Saskatchewan Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2C4

You can also download a PDF copy of the EUCE - Roma Workshop Agenda.

Day One:


Thursday, March 26





Morning coffee and muffins



Welcome, opening comments, and introductions with Dr. Lori Thorlakson


Anna Kirova and Larry Prochner, University of Alberta, Canada
The Issue of Other-ness in Pedagogical Theory and Practice: The Case of Roma


Vicky Macris, University of Alberta, Canada
Romani People’s resistance to mainstream schooling: A focus on Romani girls’ access to state-funded education in Greece.


Hot Lunch


Andrew Ryder, Bristol University and Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary 
Collaborative Relationships between Schools and Roma, Gypsy and Traveller Communities at the Margins and Transformative Change.


Yordanka Valkanova, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Dreaming the impossible and living through it: Slovakian Roma children’s ‘perejzhevanie’ of inclusionary education in Britain.



Coffee Break



Gina Csanyi-Robah, Canadian Romani Alliance, Toronto & Vancouver, Canada
'Safe' Education: Romani Children and Youth of Hungarian Asylum seekers in Canada (via Skype)



 Evening Reception hosted by the Faculty of Education at Alumni House

Day Two:


Friday, March 27





Morning coffee and muffins



Christian Brüggemann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
A Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015: An analysis of persistent educational segregation (via Skype)



Melanie H. Ram, California State University, Fresno,USA
International Policy and Roma Education in Europe: Essential Inputs or Centralized Distractions?



Coffee Break

Mathias Urban, University of Roehampton
Sufficiently well-informed and seriously concerned? European Union policy responses to marginalisation, structural racism and institutionalised exclusion in early childhood.



Jan Chovanec, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic 
Migrant minorities in the EU: discursive construction of the immigrant ‘other’ in the media



Hot Lunch




Student Panel  

Anya ZoledziowskiUniversity of Alberta 
Roma policy in Poland 

Chase McGowanUniversity of Alberta 
Roma Education: The effect of school segregation

Josephine DoerflerUniversity of Alberta 
German minority policy towards Roma: The educational situation of Roma living in Germany



Roundtable Policy Discussion & Light Dinner


5:00-8:30 Film Screening and Reception
Telus Centre, Room 150 & Atrium, University of Alberta

Musical Performance & Film Screening

Original music performance by: Micheal Butch, lead singer of the Gypsy Rebels
Introduction by Dr. Chantal Hilaire and Micheal Butch
Film Screening: The Shape of a Heart: A Gypsy Love Story
Produced by: David Murray, Chantal Hilaire, Micheal Butch
Directed by:  David Murray
Researcher: Chantal Hilaire Ph.D
When the Toronto Romani community undergoes a baffling rise in drug use and
divorce Romani leader Micheal Butch is on the case. When his own family begins to
break apart Micheal must search for answers in the past.

“THE SHAPE OF A HEART – A Gypsy Love Story”
is a long form vérité documentary chronicling Micheal Butch’s struggle with the changes taking place within himself and his community. Filmed over three years the documentary is an intensely
intimate portrait of a family caught up in the shifting tides of desires and fears
within the Romani community of Toronto.

The documentary is the result of many years of ethnographic fieldwork among the
Rom Kalderas of Paris, Toronto and New York.