RomaGenius

Roma Music
Digital Cultural Heritage
Content
Selection of Songs
Roma Genius
Selection of Songs
Roma Genius
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Selection of Songs
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ABOUT US

From left to right: Zhuo Li, Caro Raedts, Ilker Bahar, Mengyu Li

Roma Genius Team

The creators of Roma Genius are four students at KU Leuven pursuing a Master in Cultural Studies and all originate from very different backgrounds.

Zhuo Li and Mengyu Li come from China, where at the moment it is very difficult for marginalised and underrepresented cultural communities to express themselves or even get official recognition of their existence. Ilker Bahar, having a specific interest in migration studies, comes from Turkey (Istanbul), where there is a very rich variety of Roma music ranging from more traditional examples like Fasıl and Turkish wedding music to more mainstream examples like those by pop singer Kibariye and clarinetist Hüsnü Şenlendirici. Caro Raedts, being a historian, wrote her thesis on a set of female translators in the early modern Southern Netherlands, which is another group that has long been underrepresented in history.

Each of us thus feels a sense of connection to this project’s cause as we all strive for underrepresented communities to be able to get the recognition and appreciation they deserve. We truly hope our project can make a difference in the better understanding of the Roma’s cultural heritage, them being an often romanticised and orientalised minority community in Europe.

Fred Truyen
Professor at the Faculty of Arts, KU Leuven
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Sofie Taes
Experienced Researcher, Curator and Communicator
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Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros
Assistant Professor at Research Centre for Dance Research (CDaRE)
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