Responding to Ian Hancock’s “Gypsy Mafia, Romani saints: the racial profiling of Romani Americans”

For this week’s blog entry, read Ian Hancock’s article “Gypsy Mafia, Romani saints: the racial profiling of Romani Americans” and write 300 words on how it relates to the paper you are writing now, either option A: the film paper, or option B, the news stories. Be specific about how Hancock’s argument could apply to your own work. What is the film or news story that you are writing about? Give examples from both Hancock and the story/film you’re working with to illustrate your connections. This article about the social, political, and literary figure of the Gypsy Gangster addresses discrimination in America, so if your project deals with another country, you can still find connections by comparing and contrasting the treatment and representations of Romani people here and abroad.

RADOC is a wonderful, multi-lingual database of Romani archives and documentation, and a great place for research, wink wink.

Post due by Friday, 2/22 at 12 noon


Blog 5: Mulvey’s “Visual Pleasure and Cinematic Narrative” applied




Look at Rita Hayworth, all dolled up in a negligee! She seems to be in bed (is that a headboard behind her?), and waiting for someone. We are facing her, but she’s looking away, like she hasn’t noticed us yet….

Whether or not you agree with Mulvey’s theories, she has shaped the way that we understand film, photography, and visual rhetoric. For this week’s post, you need to read Mulvey’s article in the Course Library, and in 300 words, apply it to a film scene or snapshot depicting Romani culture in some way. In other words, use her theory to analyze the scene or photograph. Feel free to use the work you are thinking of writing about for your paper. 

Mulvey uses a lot of Freudian terms and theories to construct her argument, so if you aren’t familiar with Freud or psychoanalytical feminism, here’s a great entry on it from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

(P.S. I hear Rita Hayworth is 1/2 Romani)

Blog 4: Exploring Patrin articles on culture and tradition

For this week you need to pick one article from Patrin Web Journal’s Culture and Traditions page to write about. Pick something that you are interested in, and in 300 words, (briefly) recap what you learned, and explain why it’s interesting / important. You may find that you can relate to the article in some way, so feel free to explain how you can relate.

The Patrin Web Journal is an excellent collection of articles about Romani rights, issues, culture, traditions, etc. Patrin is the Romani word for bundles that Romanies leave for other Romanies to show where they are going and where they came from. The bundles usually were made up of feathers, leaves, ribbons, and other materials, all of which had a symbolic or literal meaning, and were meant to be read as a kind of travel narrative. This is a very old custom, and it isn’t used by all nomadic Romanies anymore, but it is an enduring cultural symbol.