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Romani studies (occasionally Gypsiology) is an emerging interdisciplinary ethnic studies field concerned with the experiences of the Romani people.[citation needed] Very rare (or nonnative) terms[citation needed] for the field include Ziganology,[1] Ciganology,[2] Romology,[3] Romalogy,[4] and Romistics.[5] Romani studies draws on aspects of sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and political science. Particular areas of focus include the origins of the Romani people, experiences of persecution and political oppression, the Romani language, Romani society and culture, and Romani customs and traditions.

The area of inquiry of Romani studies often extends beyond ethnic Roma to Irish Travellers, Yeniche, and other groups traditionally known as Gypsies.


The main publication[citation needed] in this field is the academic journal Romani Studies, which is published by the Gypsy Lore Society and edited by Kimmo Granqvist, Professor in Romani studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm.[6]


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  3. ^ Knejp, Jan (2010). "Postavení a vývoj romologie v České republice a její vliv na vytváření multikulturního prostředí" [The position and evolution of Romology in the Czech Republic and its influence on the creation of a multicultural environment]. In Nosková, Helena (ed.). Národnostní menšiny, multikulturalita, vzdělávání (in Czech). pp. 184–194. ISBN 978-80-7285-129-4.
  4. ^ Main issues for the abstracts on Marginalised Target Group
  5. ^ Bibliography of the staff of the Seminar of Indian Studies
  6. ^ Granqvist, Kimmo (2018). "Letter from the editor". Romani Studies. 28 (1): 1–4. doi:10.3828/rs.2018.1. Project MUSE 696489.