A Romani Women’s Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water is grounded upon Romani women’s lived experiences, and confers epistemic privilege on critical insights that derive from their authentic and personal knowledge. Romani women are impressively diverse in their attachments, status, beliefs, and identities. The chapters in this book illustrate this multiplicity by traversing writing motifs. The book is a dynamic blend of life writing, creative work, research essays about identity, childhood, immigration, work, art, memory, love, spirituality, activism, advocacy, leadership, and other themes affecting the lives of Romani women. Visual art, as well as black and white portraits of Romani women complement the written text. Through incisive creativity, pragmatic action, and affective networks, this book consolidates these diverse expressions of agency and collectivity by activists, writers, artists, academics, community leaders, educators, professionals, and cultural and community workers.
“The voices of Romani women have too long been ignored in our struggle for recognition as Roma and I believe this collection of articles from a cross section of female activists and scholars will do much to redress this situation. I highly recommend this important anthology of Romani women authors.”
—Ronald Lee, LL.D, author of The Living Fire
“A Romani Women’s Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water integrates various Romani women’s voices into a stimulating scholarly/artistic project. It exposes narratives from different locations and standpoints to illuminate the racialized and gendered positions of Romani women. This book is essential for anyone interested in the fragmented and disparate perspectives of Romani women. This is a unique book that will inspire us to learn more about Romani women. “
—Angéla Kóczé, Visiting Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University
Hedina Tahirović-Sijerčić is an instructor of Romani Language and Literature at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Currently a doctoral candidate at the Katholieke Universiteit (ku) Leuven in Belgium, Tahirović-Sijerčić is major contributor to world Romani literature. She lives in Sarajevo.
Cynthia Levine-Rasky is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her book, Writing the Roma, was published by Fernwood Books in 2016. She lives in Toronto.