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Book Launch: 'The Gypsy "Menace": Populism and the New Anti-Gypsy Politics'

Dr Michael Stewart (UCL) discusses the increasing intolerance and hostility towards Roma and Gypsy groups in Europe.

Across Europe, Roma and Gypsies are suffering increasing intolerance and hostility. The social and economic shifts of the last thirty years, the resurgence of populist politics, and a noticeable increase in inter-ethnic violence and hate crimes has shaped the political debate regarding Roma. They have become a target population for ‘ordinary citizens’ who need an outlet on which to pin their fears and frustrations.

At this Hurst book launch, Editor Michael Stewart discusses how to reset the agenda for thinking about Europe’s largest minority, analysing not only the challenges a liberal, tolerant politics confronts but also suggesting ways of acting against the new xenophobia. The talk will be followed by questions from the audience.

Stewart is a social anthropologist who teaches at UCL and has published extensively on Romany populations in Eastern Europe in the past and present. He is the author of The Time of the Gypsies (1987), Co-Editor of 'The Lilies of the Field: Marginal People Who Live for the Moment' (1988) and of 'Des Tsiganes en Europe' (2010) as well as a number of articles on the Nazi treatment of the Roma & Sinti. He is also currently Artistic Director of UCL's Open City Docs Fest.


Dr Michael Stewart | talks


Date and Time:

2 October 2012 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
29 Russell Square
020 7636 7247

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