Friday, 21 October 2016:
Introduction by Dr hab. Sławomir Kapralski, Professor of the Pedagogical University
Dr Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland
Mr Romani Rose, President of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma
11:15-12:45 Debate: The Future of Roma Politics
Chair: Prof Elena Marushiakova (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia/University of St Andrews)
12:45-13:45 Lunch (for registered participants)
13:45-15:15 Panel 1: The Holocaust and Roma Resistance
Chair: Prof Thomas Acton (University of Greenwich/Buckinghamshire New University)
15:30-17:00 Panel 2: In the Shadow of Genocide – the Post-Holocaust Situation of Roma Communities
Chair: Dr Gerhard Baumgartner (Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance, Vienna)
Saturday, 22 October 2016
10:00-11:15 Keynote speech by Prof Thomas Acton (University of Greenwich/ Buckinghamshire New University), The deconstruction of forgetfulness: the historian's contribution to breaking the cycles of history.
11:30-13:40 Panel 3: Roma Political Mobilisation – Memory and Identity
Chair: Prof Kimmo Granqvist (Södörtorn University)
ABSTRACT OF THE CONFERENCE
'Beyond the Roma Holocaust: From Resistance to Mobilisation'
Seventy-five years ago, in late autumn, 5,000 Austrian Roma were deported to the Łódź Ghetto and those surviving later to the death camp Kulmhof/Chełmno nad Nerem where they were murdered. On the anniversary of this crime, the Austrian Embassy in Poland together with the Pedagogical University of Cracow organise a conference “Beyond the Roma Holocaust: From Resistance to Mobilisation.” The conference will be held on 21-22 October, 2016 at the Pedagogical University of Cracow under the auspices of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, Dr Adam Bodnar.
The invited scholars, activists and politicians will commemorate the victims and reflect upon the nature and origins of the Roma genocide in the context of the contemporary situation of Roma communities in Europe. The intention of the organisers is to discuss the fate of Roma during the Second World War in terms of their resistance and strategies of survival and thus to go beyond the paradigm of victimisation, in which their history is usually presented.
Conference language: English
Venue: Audytorium im. Prof. Wincentego Danka (main entrance, 1st floor), Pedagogical University of Cracow, ul. Podchorążych 2, Cracow.
Conference registration (no charges) until 17th October 2016 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, ph. (+48) 22 841 00 81 ext. 26
Accommodation at a special rate of 160 PLN per night (incl. breakfast) is available at the Ibis Krakow Bronowice Hotel (Armii Krajowej 11A). The offer applies until 17th October to direct bookings at email@example.com upon providing the conference code “5139”.