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  New publication: Romani Worlds: Academia, Policy and Modern Media.

Eben Friedman - Victor A. Friedman (ed.): Romani Worlds: Academia, Policy and Modern Media. European Academic Network on Romani Studies - Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, 2015

The volume is a contribution to the legacy of the European Academic Network on Romani Studies (EANRS http://romanistudies.eu). The Network project and its activities were organized as a Joint Project of the European Commission and the Council of Europe. Such a network and its achievements would have been impossible before the rise of modern media such as the internet, whence the subtitle of this volume. As a whole, the Network can show a broad set of achievements. First, it created a system of virtual contacts in Romani Studies on an unprecedented scale, which enabled specialists in the field who were not aware of one another’s work and areas of interest to engage with one another. Moreover, it produced a resource of value to academics whose research did not include Romani Studies and who wanted to become acquainted with such research and integrate it into their teaching. Through its sponsorship of research into policy and research training workshops, including participation of entire groups at the Central European University Romani Studies summer school, the Network allowed many dozens of researchers, most of them early career, to engage directly with one another. Sponsorship of early career researchers had a significant impact on the inclusion of relevant content in international conferences and contributed directly to the visibility of Romani Studies. Also, the many approaches to policy bodies at European and national levels served to make them aware of the availability of a wide body of expertise in the area. Finally, the Network facilitated a number of core debates that will have a lasting impact on the intellectual agenda in the field, with direct implications for policy.

EANRS’ lasting legacy will include some of the analyses of basic parameters of both academic and political engagement, such as critical reflections on the way the majority conceptualises Roma and on the way of achieving a sound balance between affirmative action and advocacy on the one hand and transparency and the rigour of enquiry-led expertise on the other. This is an intellectual legacy that will last into the future. Another legacy, which you are currently reading, is this e-book.