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Launched in January 2019, RomArchive is a new international digital archive dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and contextualizing the arts and culture of the Roma, Europe's largest ethnic minority. Visitors to RomArchive can explore approximately 5,000 objects, including photos, sound and video recordings, and texts, organized into ten sections representing the breadth and diversity of Romani culture, such as music, visual arts, Flamenco, and the Roma civil rights movement. For those interested in conducting research, RomArchive maintains an internal archive of additional material to which researchers can request access. This project's goals extend beyond mere collection; it also aims to serve as "a reliable source of knowledge that contrasts perceptions, myths, and stereotypes about Roma with counter-narratives that are told by Roma themselves based on established facts." RomArchive was founded by Franziska Sauerbrey and Isabel Raabe with most of its financial support from the German Federal Cultural Foundation, and it is compiled by artists, curators, academics, and activists from across Europe, the majority of whom are of Romani descent. The contents of RomArchive are currently available in English, German, and Romani.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-02-08
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0208

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