Mi / 10:00 – 11:30

Intersectional Antigypsyism: The Romani LGBTI Movement and Scholarship Across Europe

Dezső Máté, Academy in Exile@KWI Fellow

Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (KWI), Raum 106, Goethestraße 31, 45128 Essen

This presentation addresses the lived experiences of Romani LGBTI people with intersectional antigypsyism and focuses on human rights violations across Europe. The study seeks to examine the lived experiences and narratives of Romani LGBTI people that have to be considered in the protection of their fundamental human rights. This critical work is supported by empirical fieldwork based on a reflective queer postcolonial approach. The selected cases reveal various layers of intersectional antigypsyism, which involves discrimination, anti-Romani racism, and intolerant attitudes towards Romani LGBTI people. The study is based on a qualitative narrative analysis of their life paths, which highlights the major issues that emerge in their cases. This reflexive inside-outsider approach allows for engagement with a series of risks that arise when conducting research with underrepresented and oppressed groups. The selection of the cases was carried out by considering my Romani LGBTI, Romani, and LGBTI network. In my critical point of view, this research has the objective to promote the voices of the Romani LGBTI people across Europe with the aim of awareness-raising, academic knowledge production, and policy recommendations.

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