26. 7. 2023

Romani Chronicles of Covid-19: Testimonies of Harm and Resilience

Gay y Blasco Paloma and Martin Fotta (editors). 2023. Romani Chronicles of Covid-19: Testimonies of Harm and Resilience. New York: Berghahn Books. 314 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index. ISBN  978-1-80073-891-1 (Hb), ISBN  978-1-80073-893-5 (Pb) eISBN 978-1-80073-892-8 (eBook)

Romani Chronicles of COVID-19 is a ground-breaking volume in many respects:

  • It is the most significant chronicle of Romani experiences with the pandemic and anti-pandemic measures.
  • It documents how the pandemic has exacerbated Romani disenfranchisement and the resilience and creativity with which Romanies have responded to the crisis.
  • It is global in its scope, covering Romani communities in Czechia, Brazil, Spain, Slovakia and Poland.
  • It gathers the testimonies of people from all walks of life: NGO workers, street vendors, activists, scholars, health professionals, and creative writers.
  • It experiments with a chronicle as a genre of ethnographic writing.
  • Texts deploy a variety of textural formats — personal reflections, memoirs, scholarly analyses, diary excerpts and a short story.
  • It provides a roadmap for collaboration and dialogue at a time of global emergency.


The introduction, the table of contents and other information about the book can be found on the publisher’s website: