Panel discusses representing Roma peoples, Canada and Europe

The next talk in the 2013-2014 Centre for Refugee Studies Seminar Series will look at representations of Roma people.

The talk, “Representing Roma: Critical Perspectives from Canada and Europe”, will take place Tuesday, Nov. SamanthaBernek5, from 2:30 to 4pm, at 519 Kaneff Tower, Keele campus. This seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Natasha Beranek (right), a Fulbright Scholar, Centre for Refugee Studies at York, will discuss, “The Ethnic Identification of Romani Individuals the Czech Republic: Individual Narratives from a Small Czech Town”. Beranek is a sociocultural anthropologist with a research background in culture, race and ethnicity, Central and Eastern Europe, narrative and life history, and Romani sociality.

Gina Csanyi-Robah, executive director of the Roma Community Centre, will talk about “Anti-Gypsy Sentiment: A Canadian Roma response”. The Roma Community Centre Public helps build community support for Roma in Canada and provides public education regarding multiculturalism and human rights.

Paul St. Clair, Roma and immigration counselor at the Culturelink, a settlement organization,” will look at “Canadian Response to Roma Claims”. Culturelink has some 20 years of experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities.

The panel will be moderated by York political science Professor Gerald Kernerman.