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Meet the Researcher

Meet Katalin Bársony,

funding member of the IRFC, Curator of the Film Section

Romedia Foundation contributed to the «Inclusive Schools» project through the pilot project „Engaging parents of vulnerable youth: The case of Roma in Hungary’s education system,” funded by the RESISTIRÉ project (EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 101015990). The pilot project is aimed at 1) gathering the most up-to-date information about the challenges, best practices, and regional particularities related to Hungarian schools’ engagements with Roma parents; 2) identifying existing strategies and forms of engagement between Roma parents and schools; 3) preparing a Toolbox with best practices (“better stories”) and resources for schools to efficiently engage with hard-to-reach parents.

Public conferences

The Role of the Traditional Mass Media in ‘Making or Breaking’ Ethnic Stereotypes.
Far from obliterating traditional media, digital media technologies facilitate new social uses of old means of mass communication. The presentation takes a look at the subversive potentials of the convergence between the traditional mass media and the digital media in the context of minority representation. Due to the “second-screen phenomenon”, time spent in front of the television screen is increasingly paired by the use of digital devices, triggering real-time responses to the narratives of the mainstream media on social media platforms. This growing public visibility of the negotiated and oppositional readings of these narratives pose a challenge to established power structures.
UNESCO Global Forum on Media and Gender.
Our organization was invited to take part in the first edition of the UNESCO-organized Global Forum for Media and Gender, held in Bangkok between the 2nd and 4th of December 2013, marking the establishment of the Global Alliance on Media and Gender. One of our colleagues, Galya Stoyanova gave a presentation on our organization‘s work, with a particular emphasis on the BUVERO – Roma women citizen journalism training program and the I’m a Roma Woman campaign, as well as on the importance that the representation of Roma women in the media bears. Romedia‘s contribution took place in the Parallel Session 14: Gender, Media and Identity to a very warm reception, being the only presentation to deal with Roma women.
Kindred Spirits: Romani European and Aboriginal Australian Cultural Practice.
In her public lecture, Katalin Bársony explored the similarities between Aboriginal Australians and Hungarian Roma, which she started to discover after meeting Australian Aboriginal opera star Deborah Cheetham in Budapest the previous year and interviewing her. Despite their different histories, the two ethnic groups share a simiar experience of social exclusion and cultural suppression in their homelands and studying each other’s emancipation movements holds important lessons for them. Ms. Bársony was a Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne in 2013. 

Pharrajimos: The Fate of the Roma During the Holocaust

“This groundbreaking collection of documents and studies describes the sufferings of the Roma during the Second World War. The volume is the ‘by-product’ of a temporary Roma exhibition organzied by the Holocaust Museum and Documentation Center in Budapest. During his decades-long research, János Bársony studied academic literature in many languages looking for visual documentations. The aim of the editors of this volume was to give a comprehensive view of the tragic years of Roma history, therefore, it is especially important that the book also includes living memory besides the academic essays. (L’Harmattan)”