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Roma Rights 1 2015: In Search of a Contemporary Roma Identity: In Memoriam - Nicolae Gheorghe

3rd, July, 2015


This issue of Roma Rights is a special issue dedicated to the life and work of Nicolae Gheorghe, and was produced under the auspices of guest editor Nicoleta Bitu.

As his colleague and friend Dezideriu Gergely outlines in the introduction, Nicolae Gheorghe was an outstanding driving force in the Roma movement. Among his many achievements he founded Romani CRISS, helped establish the Working Group of Roma Associations in 1998 – 1999, and was head of the Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues in the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the OSCE. He was an activist and human rights defender, a diplomat and an intellectual.

The ERRC together with Pakiv Europe organised a seminar in 2014, bringing together key thinkers in the Roma movement to discuss the intellectual, academic and political legacy of Nicolae Gheorghe. A report of the seminar is published in this journal. This issue of Roma Rights also includes articles reflecting on the life and work of Nicolae from Thomas Hammarberg, former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, United States Senator for Maryland Benjamin L. Cardin, founder of the Roma Research Centre at the University of Sorbonne Jean-Pierre Liégeois, and Thomas Acton, Emeritus Professor of Romani Studies at the University of Greenwich. These reflections recount both professional and personal interactions with Nicolae. Further articles reflecting on Nicolae Gheorghe’s work and legacy include contributions from Rob Kushen, Jennifer Tanaka, Andrew Ryder and Anna Mirga.

The journal includes an interview conducted by Iulius Rostas – an engaging and thought-provoking dialogue which took place over one week in 2011 and reflects on Nicolae’s life and work. The journal reprints two ERRC interviews, from 2001 and 2006.

Roma Rights 1 2015: In Search of a Contemporary Roma Identity: In Memoriam - Nicolae Gheorghe (PDF)

Introduction

From Clienthood to Critique - The role of Nicolae Gheorghe as Mediator and Catalyst in the Roma Awakening

He Came with a Broom in His Hand

US Senate: Remembering Nicolae Gheorghe

Nicolae Gheorghe, An Exceptional Destiny1

Nicolae Gheorghe as a Sociologist

Nicolae Gheorghe and His Legacy of Trust

The Re-emergence of Informal and Traditional Leaders (Bulibasha, Vajda) and the role of Romanipen

Nicolae Gheorghe: Activism and Scholarship

The Centrality of Economic Development in the vision of Romani Nation-building

Roma or Ţigan: The Romani Identity – Between Victimisation and Emancipation

In Search of a New Deal for Roma: ERRC Interview with Nicolae Gheorghe1

The Decade of Roma Rights

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