The focus of Romani Studies is on the Roma ethnicity in a multidisciplinary methodological context. The programme itself is primarily philological, revolving mainly around the study of the Romani language. We also focus on anthropological, historical, political, religionist and folklorist approaches to Romani culture(s) and their mutual connections. Geographically our programme focuses on, but does not limit itself to, Roma issues within Central Europe. On a linguistic level, this study programme comprises North-Central Romani – a branch of Romani historically centred in Slovakia.
The programme focuses extensively on field research. All of our employees and lecturers at the Romani Studies engage in field-work depending on their academic specialisation, be it in Romani communities in Slovakia, Ukraine, Czechia, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland and, occasionally, other countries; they regularly invite students to participate in their field research as well.
Apart from fulfilling research goals, field research also enables direct contact with the unique Romani life experience. In this way, the study programme is able to introduce the general public to the specific historical experience of the Romani people, making this contribution to intercultural and interethnic dialogue one of the programme’s greatest assets.
Romani Studies can be taken alone (single subject) or in combination with another study programme (double subject).