Third stream activities

To continue being a hub for the field of research, CBEES is active in numerous national and international networks, which develops research at the university and outside it.

Visiting researchers are welcome to CBEES as part of the CBEES Fellows programme. Researchers with other funding are welcome to contact us for more information about cooperation.

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 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.


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.


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

Chairperson: Kimmo Granqvist

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

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

Network coordinator

Natalia Durkalec, M.A., International Coordinator at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden (,


  • Buckinghamshire New University, Faculty of Society & Health, The Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS)
  • Charles University in Prague, Seminar of Romani Studies
  • CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), Lacito (Langues et civilisations à tradition orale)
  • Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Faculty of Social Sciences and Healthcare, Institute of Romani Studies
  • Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Centre of Ethnology, "Ethnical Minorities" Unit
  • Museum of Romani Culture in Brno
  • Muzeul Național al Literaturii Române
  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Social Research Institute NOVA
  • Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Health Psychology
  • Romanian Academy, Nicolae Iorga Institute of History
  • Tallinn University, School of Humanities, Estonian Language and Culture
  • The National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, M. S. Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies
  • The State Archives of Odessa Oblast
  • University of Graz, Plurilingualism Research Unit University of Greenwich, Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling
  • University of Iceland, School of Humanities
  • University of Pardubice, Department of Social Studies
  • University of Prešov, Center of Languages and Cultures of National Minorities, Institute of Roma Studies
  • University of Sao Paulo, LEER
  • University of St Andrews, Institute for Global Cinema and Creative
  • Cultures/Department of Film Studies
  • University of St Andrews, School of History


Currently CBEES is hosting the following NAIRS-related externally funded projects:

  • Romani Studies at Universities in Europe: Development and Innovations. Project within the Erasmus+ Programme, key action: KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, field: KA203 - Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education. Project leader: Kimmo Granqvist (CBEES), administrative project coordinator: Natalia Durkalec (CBEES).

International partners:

Swedish partners:

  • Swedish Institute of International Affairs
  • Färgfabriken
  • Centre for European Studies at Lund University
  • Centre for European Research at Gothenburg University (CERGU)
  • Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University (IRES)
  • The Swedish Institute