2–4.30 p.m.


Included in the entrance fee


Swedish and English

You’re invited to two lectures about Roma culture and history, and contemporary Roma feminism and LGBTQI+ issues, in connection with Selma Selman’s exhibition Crossing the Blue Bridge.

Roma Culture and History

The program starts with a lecture on Roma culture and history presented by Linda Turilow, Lena Kazmirow and Silvia Mutto from the association Fusion. The lecture provides an overview of Roma life: an insight into topics ranging from the origins of the Roma, the different Roma ethnic groups, the vulnerability of the Roma throughout the ages, and their life in Sweden today. We will also hear more about the Strategy for Roma Inclusion, adopted in 2012, with the aim that every Roma person who turns 20 in 2032 will have the same life opportunities as a non-Roma person.

The speakers are founders of the association Fusion, which works to give social support to Roma and other ethnicities and provide guidance in dealing with authorities.

Language: Swedish

Linda Turilow, Lena Kazmirow and Silvia Mutto

Romani Feminist and Queer Movements – CANCELLED

Arman Heljic will then deliver a lecture presenting how contemporary Romani feminism(s) and LGBTQI+ movements challenge the discursive landscape about Romani identities across Europe. The lecture aims to answer questions about how these movements reshape our understanding of antigypsyism, a specific form of racism directed at the Roma, what we can learn about Romani movements using an *intersectional approach, and how these movements are reflected in contemporary art and cultural practices.

*‘Intersectionality’, is a concept in the social sciences about how different categories such as gender, race, sexuality, ability, and socio-economic status interact to construct and reinforce inequality, discrimination, and oppression in society.

Arman Heljic is a Ph.D. student in Gender Studies at the department of Cultural Sciences at Gothenburg University. His work focuses on contemporary art and cultural practices as a form of resistance to the racism and LGBTQI+-phobia that Romani communities face in the contemporary European political landscape.

Language: English

Arman Heljic© Röda Sten Konsthall