University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Introduces New Study Abroad Program in Romani Music, Culture, and Human Rights

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Music, Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Study Abroad Office announce a new undergraduate study abroad program in ethnomusicology  — "Romani Music, Culture, and Human Rights in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia" — May 19-June 5, 2012, 3 credits, open to all qualified undergraduate students.

The study abroad course will be led by Dr. Adriana Helbig Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh, and  Dr. Zuzana Jurkova, Assistant Professor and Head of the Ethnomusicology program at Faculty of Humanities at Charles University, Prague. It is the first study abroad program of its kind to focus solely on Romani music and culture and to offer students hands-on opportunities to interact with, document, and interview Romani musicians, activists, and community members. Students will experience Romani culture on stage, as part of the Khamoro World Roma Festival in Prague, as well as in everyday contexts through visits to Romani settlements in Slovakia. Special emphasis in Poland will be on Roma Holocaust history in areas near Krakow. Meetings with scholars and public figures from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland will offer insights to enhance student understanding of Roma-related issues in the European Union and its borders. This program begins in Prague, Czech Republic and ends in Vienna, Austria.

Application deadline is January 20, 2012.  

Click here for program information, application, fees:

For more information, please contact Dr. Adriana Helbig, 412-624-4193 or Vera Sebulsky, Program Manager, Center for Russian and East European Studies, 412-648-7418

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