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Graphic element for CBEES - the Centre for Baltic and East European StudiesThe Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) is tasked with stimulating, coordinating and developing Södertörn University’s research and doctoral education. It has a particular focus on studies of the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe and conducts its own research.

Since it was founded in 2005, CBEES has become a strong and thriving multidisciplinary research environment. The centre is a hub for cooperation throughout the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe, organising international conferences, seminars and workshops. The researchers’ expertise is in demand both within academia and in public debate. Research in the area is reflected in the international Baltic Worlds journal.

Many international visiting researchers have passed through the centre of the years, and more than 70 doctoral students have studied at BEEGS, the Baltic and East European Graduate School.

NAIRS - Network of Academic Institutions in Romani Studies

Established at Södertörn University, Stockholm on 29 February, 2016.

Doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc., PhD Sofiya Zahova, Kimmo Granqvist, Daria Pritup, Mgr. Tomáš Hrustič, PhD. Photo: CBEES

Doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc., PhD Sofiya Zahova, Kimmo Granqvist, Daria Pritup, Mgr. Tomáš Hrustič, PhD. Photo. CBEES

The purpose of the Network of Academic Institutions in Romani Studies is to foster European and national cooperation between academic institutions in all aspects of Romani Studies. The network coordinates, practices and promotes multidisciplinary research on the Roma, including studies of Roma culture, history, religion, politics and societal status, language, literature and folklore etc., and makes them available to a wider audience. Its overall objective is to develop Romani Studies as a well-networked discipline and to cooperate with other academic fields.


The network:

  • practices publishing activities and other information dissemination activities such as conferences and summer schools;
  • maintaining a website;
  • promotes and carries out joint research projects, doctoral supervision, student, postdoc and staff exchanges, scholarly visits and teaching co-operation between its member institutions;
  • participates in international cooperation and academic networks on its field of activities;
  • increases awareness of the nature and significance of the cultural heritage of the Roma and works to further Roma inclusion.

  NAIRS' Financial and activity report 2016 [pdf-file, 205 kB]


The network’s activities are run by the Board, which has at least three representatives of member institutions and a chairperson who is chosen at every second biannual meeting.

Board members 2016-2020


Academic institute



Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki / Södertörn University, the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Stockholm Associate Professor Kimmo Granqvist
kimmo.granqvist@helsinki.fi, kimmo.granqvist@sh.se


Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Mgr. Tatiana Podolinská, PhD.


Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences Doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc.
  Minorities Studies Society Studii Romani PhD Elena Marushiakova and PhD Veselin Popov

Network coordinator

Daria Pritup, Secretary, Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki, daria.pritup@helsinki.fi.


The Board may approve membership for academic institutions that are active in any aspect of Romani Studies, arts, education or cultural administration or other institutions that are interested in the network’s activities and carrying out its purpose, as suggested by the members of the Board and consequently approved by the Board. Each member institution should choose its representative and deputy representative in the network.

General meetings

The network holds one general meeting every other autumn. The biannual meeting is held between September and December on a day set by the Board. Additional general meetings are held when so decided in the network meeting, or when the Board deems it necessary. The next general meeting will held at Södertörn University on 13 September 2016.


The Network of Academic Institutions in Romani Studies will issue its first newsletter in July, 2016. Information on how to subscribe to the newsletter will be published during the spring of 2016.

Network of Academic Institutions in Romani Studies - Newsletter 1, January 2017 [pdf-file, 185 kB]

Network of Academic Institutions in Romani Studies - Newsletter 1, July 2016 [pdf-file, 1,1 MB]


Network of Academic Institutions in Romani Studies - Accepted Rules [pdf-file, 67 kB]


Logotype for University of HelsinkiFunding from the Future Development Fund, University of Helsinki

On December 20, 2016, the Dean of the Humanities Faculty of the University of Helsinki granted 23 500 € from the university’s 375 Future Development Fund to cover the costs of the Network’s international researcher cooperation. The funding will facilitate involving a larger consortium of Romani Studies researchers from NAIRS member institutions in a funding proposal for the Swedish National Bank (Riksbanken) Programmes.

The Programmes are long-term (6-8 years) projects carried out by groups of qualified scholars. The funding is aimed at a consortium of a maximum of 25 researchers. Please see page 3 for the NAIRS open call.
For more information, please follow this link.

The call for the first project workshop was distributed via the NAIRS mailing list on January 20, 2017. The workshop will be held at the University of Helsinki on February 27-28, 2017.

Logotype for European CommissionMarie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks Proposal

On January 10, 2017, a consortium consisting of NAIRS members and partners submitted a proposal entitled “European Training in Romani Studies 2018-2021” to the European Commission H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) action. The purpose of the proposal is to strengthen Romani Studies networks and produce an international, multidisciplinary four-year program for Early Stage Researchers (first four years of doctoral studies) in the field.

MSCA ITN projects aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.
For more information, please follow this link.

The evaluation outcomes of MSCA ITN proposals will be published in summer 2017.