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ERCF invited for the Congress of the Federal Union of European Nationalities

ERCF invited for the Congress of the Federal Union of European Nationalities

FUEN has invited ERCF to participate in the 2011 FUEN Congress, on June 2nd, 2011, to report on the situation of European Roma and make a statement on the initiative for a EU Roma Framework Strategy. The aim of FUEN is to investigate if the specific experiences, strategies and achievements of the autochthonous minorities in Europe may contribute to solving the Roma-problems. Furthermore FUEN as civil society representative of the European minorities is based on the principle of “supporting others to help themselves”. According to FUEN, the Roma in Europe are autochthonous, national minorities / ethnic groups. From the concept of autochthonous minorities arise various opportunities for a sustainable Roma-strategy, which should be taken into account if one wants to achieve such a sustainable Roma-strategy. The congress was sponsored by the Hermann Niermann-Foundation. The Society for Threatened Peoples – Göttingen stepped into partnership with FUEN for its Roma initiative. Photo: Dr Jürgen Schöning, Rudolf Sárközi, Rudko Kawczynski, Timea Junghaus 

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Safe European Home? - symposium and discussion

Safe European Home? - symposium and discussion

On May 28, 2011 Timea Junghaus, ERCF director presented at the Safe European Home? - symposium and discussion. Other presenters were Elke Krasny, Christoph Reinprecht, Ursula Biemann, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, and Suzana Milevska
“Phenomena such as our uncertain living conditions and forced or voluntary mobility are images that are primarily ascribed to marginalized groups or people with transnational biographies to this day. This is in contrast to the increasing number of heterogeneous population groups in Europe whose ways of life are increasingly impacted on by increasing social insecurity. " text by Brigitte Eisl and Wolfgang Schlag, image: Delaine and Damian LeBas: Safe European Home? Installation in front of the Austrian Parliament. Page 9 of the publication  A Safe European Home? – Into the City/Wiener Festwochen, curators: Birgit Lurz, Wolfgang Schlag

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Die Kunst Der Anderen - Presentation by ERCF director at the Documentation and Cultural Center of German Sinti and Roma

Die Kunst Der Anderen - Presentation by ERCF director at the Documentation and Cultural Center of German Sinti and Roma

The public lecture held on the 17th of May, 2011 introduced the recent history of Roma contemporary art from the Central-European perspective of the Roma cultural movement.

Alongside its function as a museum for contemporary history and a site for commemorating the past, the Centre provides a setting for encounters and dialogue. A significant part of its public relations work is devoted to human rights. As a forum for other minorities, too, the Centre seeks to lend its voice to all those who have suffered discrimination and racist violence. In view of the persecution of the Roma and Sinti under National Socialism, the Centre feels a special obligation to provide a forum for critical debate on pressing socio-political issues. www.sintiundroma.de


Hungarian Roma Contemporary Art, Exhibition, Passau, Germany

Hungarian Roma Contemporary Art, Exhibition, Passau, Germany

Überall und Nirgendwo (Everywhere and Nowhere), Exhibition in Passau, Germany, 2011 May 12-31.

ERCF in cooperation with:

Deutsch-Ungarischer Freundeskreis Passau-Veszprém e.V.,

Ungarisches Generalkonsulat München, Kontakt-Verlag,  

Regensburg Ethnographisches Museum-Budapest.

Supported by NKA (The Hungarian National Cultural Fund).


ERCF joined the Moving Cinema Project(HU) with Sciara Production (IT) to Arló, Hungary

ERCF joined the Moving Cinema Project(HU) with Sciara Production (IT) to Arló, Hungary

"It is the matter of power who stands on which side of the camera" (Anna Szász, sociologist)

It was the first sunny day of the spring when on the 9th of April, 2011 we set out to follow the car and track every bit of the day of József Kővári, alias Borz (its genealogy: thick and bushy head of hair) and his company. They were heading towards Arló, a village in the Northeastern part of Hungary in a short distance from Ózd, in order to generate or rather to create an event for the village-dwellers which would offer them space to develop a sense of community, to express themselves. The project is called Vándormozi and since 2003 it has been visiting hidden villages of poverty-stricken regions which settlements are struggling for survival, are divided along ethnic and social differences and whose residents are both the victims and the believers of extreme right-wing sentiments. Being in the margins and internalizing deprivation as well as exclusion produces lack of solidarity, social equality and togetherness. This state of affairs necessitates change and the initiative of Vándormozi is considered to be a gentle intervention into those people’s life that could trigger change or make a difference however small it is. The project is based upon the idea that a series of public events - such as face painting, traditional dance teaching, singing, playing, preparing and having dinner together - and the creation of a public space - even if it is fragile, temporary or artificial - could get people together, could provide enjoyment and revitalize both community identity and culture. Beyond filming the people and documenting the day, it gives the opportunity to the locals to express themselves by the means of video. The process of filming and the production of images are believed to encourage children to dare to dream, to get them familiar with tools which they would otherwise never be able to touch or try and thus inspire them to brake the vicious cycle of poverty and leave their usual framework of aspirations. Further it aims to cooperate with local civil and other organizations, to discover talents, facilitate communication within the community, engender self-reflections and to contribute to their opening to the world, to the society in a larger scale. Read more of this text by Anna Szász, sociologist:

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