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Why we need Romani history. Endeavours to conduct collaborative research

«Why we need Romani history. Endeavours to conduct collaborative research» was the title of the lecture given by María Sierra on January 30 in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery of the University of Leeds. With this disturbing sentence, she introduced several reflections in relation to our research project, beginning with the question of why it is often said that Roma people have no history. As María Sierra explained, this affirmation –coined by the English writer George Borrow– reflects how modern societies have understood Roma as nomadic and illiterate people without historical consciousness; people who didn’t (and still don’t) fit in a concept of History made from the colonialist and excluding western perception.

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