Special Issue


Special Issue: Roma communities navigating and coping with the current and future effects of the COVID19 Crisis. 

DEADLINE: 15th June 2020


Rosamaria E Kostik Cisneros, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Emilia Aiello Cabrera, Kennedy School of Government - Harvard University, United States of America

Once again, Roma People are among those who suffer the most. Now, the Roma are being severely impacted by the COVID19 crisis, and expressions of Anti-Gypsyism have been reported everywhere. At this moment of global crisis, the vulnerabilities that humans and our planet face are imminent. With a reliance on digital and health at the forefront of our minds, we ask the scientific community (especially Roma scholars), to stop and consider the Roma community during these unprecedented circumstances and unpredictable times. ERGO Network (2020) released an official statement asking its partners to remain vigilant and ensure that the European Commission takes into account the needs and rights of Roma across Europe.

With this backdrop, the International Journal of Roma Studies has a call out for articles of any discipline with a focus on articles that approach the current and future Roma situation because of the COVID19 pandemic. Papers that present and discuss potential solutions to contribute to the betterment of the situation that Roma communities face across Europe in health, education, employment, housing, or fundamental rights, will be specially considered.

IJRS invites the submission of articles on a rolling basis. These can focus on any topic related to Roma Studies. Potential (but not exclusively) themes to be approached are the following:

  • Health: Strategies to improve access of Roma to preventive healthcare, and mental health.
  • Education: Shortening the potential school failure and drop out that Roma children face. How can families be of help, and what can school systems do in particular with the Roma and other at-risk communities? There is a threat for Roma children and students to drop out of school. In particular, if Roma girls drop out of school now, this could be their entrance into a lifelong poverty trap.
  • Employment: The Roma are largely under-employed and still in the informal economy. Can this difficult moment act as a catalyst for the transition to the formal economy?
  • Digital gap: the world is moving quickly to engage by means of social networks. How are the most vulnerable communities within the Roma across Europe coping with this, and what are the examples on the ground on which lessons can be learned? Many Roma and especially adults are under threat of being left behind. What are the strategies needed to cope with this problem in those regions with low-bandwidth? How can we ensure (a) access to the internet in each household?
  • Housing: during and after this crisis, housing and adequate access to sanitation matters. How can we ensure access to clean water and sanitation?
  • Fundamental rights implications of COVID-19: Government measures to combat COVID-19 have profound implications for everybody’s fundamental rights, including the right to life and health, especially for already vulnerable or at-risk people, such as the Roma. Respecting human rights and protecting public health is in everyone’s best interest - they have to go hand-in-hand (EU-FRA, 2020). How is the COVID19 crisis affecting the fundamental rights of Roma in Europe? Are there successful initiatives to ensure that the fundamental rights of the Roma in Europe are being considered and respected?

Please see the indicative submission guidelines and resource links on the journal website. IJRS review process will strictly follow a rigorous double-blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and posterior two anonymous referees. Thus, IJRS requires all papers to strictly meet the international ethical standards as contemplated by international professional organizations. This process is at the heart of IJRS’s mission to advance Roma studies research.

IJRS is a multilingual Journal that will be publishing articles in English, Spanish and French.

We would like to invite you to contribute to the Journal as our next issue is scheduled to be published in September 2020. 

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