Friday, 19 Dec 2014
Romane Thana – Places of the Roma

Exhibition project on the culture and history of Roma in Austria

English abstract

 Romane Thana – Places of the Roma/Romnia and Sinti/Sintize is a documentary and researchproject on the history and culture of the Roma in Austria. The present knowledge on Roma, the diversity of their groups and ways of life as well as their coexistence with non-Roma shall be made accessible to a wider public through exhibitions. Such mapping should also serve to pinpoint and mark blank spots on the map to enable subsequent discussion and research.
Romane Thana is vitally concerned with highlighting the different Roma ways of life, the organising principle being those places where Roma were permitted or forced to stay – for a shorter or longer period of time. The exhibition concept also covers the places of persecution, thus comprising the important but still widely unknown topic of the Roma Holocaust. The historical dimension of Romane Thana represents an attempt to reconstruct ways of life which have disappeared in the wake of both the physical destruction of the people themselves in the Holocaust and structural change. The current dimension points directly to the continuing problem of visibility, to the wish of many Roma not to be recognisable in order to provide (often alleged) protection from persecution and discrimination, and to the (in)visibility caused by the stereotypical expectations of non-Roma. The contact between Roma and non-Roma as well as the relationship between self-perception and social perception are core elements of the topic. Particular groups with particular ways of life (travellers, beggars) are perceived as Roma by the media and made visible in the context of social conflicts, while others (e.g. migrants from former Yugoslavia, Austria’s largest Roma community) remain invisible as Roma. The topicality of both this issue and the locality approach finds confirmation in recent conflicts all over the world.

Read more on the Project Website Romane Thana

Project Partners:

Akademie Graz

Initiative Minderheiten

Lebens- und Sozialberatung für Frauen
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Mehrfachdiskriminierung, Gewaltprävention, gesundheitliche Aspekte

Seit September 2013 wir im Romano Cento auch Frauenberatung für Romnja und Sintize angeboten. Die Themen der Beratung reichen von Familie, Partnerschaft und Sexualität, psychischer und körperlicher Gesundheit, sozialen und ökonomischen Krisen bis hin zur Gewaltprävention. 

Die Beratung wird von Danijela Feichtinger durchgeführt (0699 18200555 oder This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Terminvereinbarung bei Jelena Jovanovic, Mo - Fr 09:00 bis 15:00, 01 7496336 15, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Roma school mediators in Viennese schools

Since September 2000, Roma school mediators have been working on behalf of Romano Centro in selected Viennese schools with a high percentage of Roma pupils. Roma school mediators liaise between teachers, pupils and parents. They motivate and accompany children in class, assist teachers with problems in understanding and try to facilitate parental access to school. For the children, school assistants as native speakers play an identity-generating role; for the parents, they act as confidants, thanks to their understanding of the cultural and traditional background.
The project is already a “pilot” for a long time, with a considerable extension in 2012/2013 when the funding could be doubled and four mediators could be employed. Every effort is made to ensure the continuous further development of the programme, which currently, due to lack of funds, can unfortunately not be extended to more schools. Sadly, we have also so far tried in vain to get support for an adequate training-programme for Roma school mediators and to extend the number of them up to 10 to 12 to face the growing interest and need for this kind of support in schools.

Currently there are four mediators in nine schools, all of them are Romnja.

Their tasks are:
•    supporting relations between school and home as well as communication between teachers and Roma parents
•    informing, advising and accompanying parents in both school and educational matters
•    acting as multi-lingual liaison person for Roma pupils and parents as well as for teachers encountering problems of/with Roma pupils
•    accompanying school field trips to ensure the participation of Roma pupils
•    supporting Roma pupils in class during lessons, above all also through communication in their language(s)
•    support the families in difficult social situations (together with a social worker)
•    arranging additional courses and remediation for Roma children
•    providing knowledge on Roma culture and history for both pupils and teachers

In 2013/2014 the project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs, the Federal Ministry for Integration, European and Foreign Affairs and the Federal Chancellery (funding for ethnic groups).

Ferdinand Koller, Project Coordinator
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Learning assistance and parental training
Since 1995, Romano Centro has been offering learning assistance to Roma pupils in Vienna. Prime target group for learning assistance are Roma pupils in compulsory education, attending primary and secondary schools, special education centres, grammar schools (lower forms) and cooperative secondary schools. Learning assistance takes place in children’s homes so that their specific learning needs can be individually catered for.
„Power Źuvlja“
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Ein Projekt für Mädchen und Mütter zur Steigerung des Bildungsbewusstseins
Projektleitung: Mag.a Žaklina Radosavljević

Seit Februar 2012 wird das Pilotprojekt „Power Źuvlja“, das im Rahmen des Workshops „Roma an die Universität!“ entstand, durchgeführt. Das Projekt hat zwei Zielgruppen: einerseits Roma-Mädchen, andererseits deren Mütter und Großmütter, die sich in einer in der Nähe ihres Wohnortes befindlichen Räumlichkeit, des „Wr. Hilfswerk“ im Verein Vida Pavlovic im  16. Bezirk treffen. Ziel des Projektes ist es, das Bildungsbewusstsein bei den Müttern (und Großmüttern) zu steigern und sie über wichtige gesellschaftspolitische Themen, wie Bildung, Sozialrecht, Gesundheit,  Gender, Ernährung, Erziehung etc. zu informieren.  Im Nebenraum befindet sich eine Kinderbetreuung, sodass die Frauen ungestört reflexive Gespräche führen können. Bei den Treffen der Mädchen geht es vorrangig darum, spielerisch Geschlechterrollen zu hinterfragen und dadurch neue Bildungs- und Berufsperspektiven zu entwickeln. Bei so manchem Mädchen hat sich der Wunschberuf aufgrund dieser Workshops bereits verschoben. Die Arbeit mit den Müttern dient dazu, ihnen zu vermitteln, was ihre Kinder zur Erreichung dieser Ziele brauchen und wie sie sie dabei unterstützen können.
Das Projekt wird in Kooperation mit der Initiative Minderheiten durchgeführt.