The Gypsy Lore Society, an international association of persons interested in Gypsy and Traveler Studies, was founded in Great Britain in 1888. Since 1989 it has been headquartered in the United States.

The research field of the Gypsy Lore Society has traditionally included many different communities which, regardless of their origins and self-appellations in various languages, have been referred to in English as Gypsies. These communities include the descendants of migrants from the Indian subcontinent which have been considered as falling into three large subdivisions, Dom, Lom, and Rom. The field has also included communities of other origins which practice, or in the past have practiced, a specific type of service nomadism. The breadth of the Society’s interests is reflected in the articles published in its journal and papers presented at its conferences.

The goals of the Gypsy Lore Society  include promotion of the study of these communities, their history and cultures worldwide; dissemination of accurate information aimed at increasing understanding of them in their diverse forms; and establishment of closer contacts among scholars studying any aspects of these cultures.

The Society sponsors programs and conferences and publishes the twice-yearly Romani Studies (continuing Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society), a quarterly Newsletter and other occasional publications.

The Society established the Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies, a research collection specializing in recent scholarly work on Gypsy, Traveler and related studies, for the benefit of researchers and students. This collection, compiled from 1978 to 2012, is now the Gypsy Lore Society Victor Weybright Archives of Gypsy Studies collection within the Special Collections division of the Michigan State University Libraries, https://as.lib.msu.edu/repositories/2/resources/2131. Earlier collections of the Gypsy Lore Society, 1888-1974, can be found at the University of Liverpool, https://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/library/sca/gypsyloresociety.

The Latest News


  • 2020 Gypsy Lore Society Conference — Deadline for Abstracts Extended

    Due
    to the uncertainties associated with the coronavirus (covid-19)
    pandemic, the deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to April 7, 2020.The
    organizing committee suggests that authors submit their abstracts and
    prepare their papers. If the conference must be canceled 
    your papers will be ready for next year.Of course you will be kept informed of any changes in plans.The current schedule is as follows:

    7th April – deadline for abstract submissions

    15th April – we will send email about acceptance of abstracts to the contributors

    15th June – from this date the participation fee can be paid

    Posted Mar 20, 2020, 7:02 AM by Sheila Salo


  • Romani Studies E-mail Address

    Please use the following e-mail address to contact Romani Studies: [email protected] address supersedes any previous ones.

    Posted Mar 12, 2020, 8:21 AM by Sheila Salo


  • 2020 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Gypsy / Romani Stidies — Call for Papers

    The
    2020 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies
    is scheduled for September 16–18, 2020 in Prague.

    Gypsy Lore Society conferences are among the
    most significant annual scholarly events devoted to Romani Studies worldwide.
    Each year the event is located in a different place, and is organized by the
    Gypsy Lore Society in cooperation with local academic institutions. In 2020 the
    conference will be hosted in Prague for the first time and organized together
    with Charles University.
    We invite contributions on any aspect of
    Romani Studies and encourage participants from various academic disciplines to
    propose conference papers. Both theoretical studies and empirical
    contributions, including good fieldwork presentations, are welcomed.
    Each conference attendee may submit

    Posted Feb 12, 2020, 12:26 PM by Sheila Salo


  • Romani Studies Editorship


    Following
    the August 2019 decision by the Editorial Board of the journal
    Romani
    Studies
    and by the Board of Directors of the Gypsy Lore Society, the
    journal will now have two additional
    editors, Colin Clark and Daniel
    Škobla. The editor of the first issue for 2020 is Colin Clark and the editor of the second issue for 2020 is Daniel Škobla.


    Please communicate with the journal editors through the journal e-mail address: [email protected] Manuscripts sent to the editors’ personal e-mail addresses will not be processed because it will be not possible to include them in the software.

    Posted Dec 5, 2019, 12:22 PM by Sheila Salo


  • 2020 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore Society and Conference on Romani Studies — Call for Panels


    The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Gypsy Lore
    Society and Conference on Romani Studies is scheduled for September 16–18, 2020.
    The
    conference will be hosted in Prague and organized together
    with Charles University.

    Proposals for
    organized panels are being accepted now. A call for abstracts for papers both
    intended for  organized panels and individual papers will appear at the
    beginning of February.
    Details for the submission of panel proposals will be found on the Annual Meeting page.

    Posted Nov 10, 2019, 9:05 AM by Sheila Salo