Intercontinental migrations and language practices
in crossdisciplinary perspective


Research group 4 will work in Latin American countries such as Colombia, Chile, and Argentina, in order to contextualize contemporary language repertoires in the historical and social conditions that facilitated and shaped migration, settlement, and trans-local networks of Roma in the Americas.

The group is coordinated by Senior Researcher Dr Evangelia Adamou. It is based at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the research unit Oral Tradition Languages and Civilizations in Paris.

The group will inject a cross-discipline perspective into the overall work of the programme, bringing together four linguists (Dr Evangelia Adamou, Dr Guro Fløgstad, Dr Chiara Tribulato and Dr Pablo Irizarri van Suchtelen), a historian (Dr Ilsen About), an anthropologist (Dr Martin Olivera), a sociologist (Dr Milena Doytcheva), and a geographer (Dr Adèle Sutre). The project employs two postdoctoral researchers.

Evangelia ADAMOU

Dr Evangelia Adamou is Senior Researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research in France (CNRS). She specialises in the analysis of under-described languages with a focus on language contact and bilingualism, combining corpus and experimental methods. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Balkans (on Romani and Balkan Slavic) and in Mexico (on Romani and Ixcatec). Publications include papers in Language, Language in Society, and the International Journal of Bilingualism. Recent books are: The Adaptive Bilingual Mind (2021, Cambridge University Press), and the Routledge Handbook of Language Contact co-edited with Yaron Matras (2020, Routledge).


Dr Ilsen About is a researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) since 2016. He is a member of the Centre Georg Simmel at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. His present research is on the European dimension of anti-Roma policies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 2016, with Anna Abakunova, he authored a report commissioned by the International Holocaust and Remembrance Alliance, The Genocide and Persecution of Roma and Sinti: Bibliography and Historiographical Review (IHRA, 2016). He is working on a methodology of historical archives in Romani studies and is a co-editor of the volume Présences tsiganes. Enquêtes et expériences dans les archives (Le Cavalier Bleu, 2018). 

Milena Doytcheva

Dr Milena Doytcheva is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Lille SHS since 2005. She received her PhD in 2003 from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Her instruction in undergraduate and graduate philosophy and sociology addresses issues of international migration, racism, discrimination, minority rights and citizenship. Her research focuses on processes of regulating ethnicity through politics and public policy, within the European and immigration societies, on the grounds of non-discrimination, recognition and minority rights. 

Guro Nore Fløgstad

Dr. Guro Nore Fløgstad is currently Associate Professor of Norwegian Linguistics at the University of South-Eastern Norway, and a guest researcher at the MultiLing Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, a Center of Excellence at University of Oslo. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Oslo (2015), with a focus on morphosyntactic change in the verbal systems of Argentinean and Uruguayan Spanish. She works on language contact and language change, and has fieldwork experience from Asia, Latin America, and Scandinavia. 

Martin Olivera

Dr Martin Olivera is an anthropologist. He is an associate professor at the University Paris 8 since 2015. He received his PhD in 2007, University Paris-Nanterre. His PhD relied on extensive fieldwork among Gabori Roma in Transylvania between 1999 and 2007. His current focus is on migrant Roma living in precarious settlements in France and on local, national and European policies toward those families. In France as in Romania, Olivera’s research aims to develop a new approach to the concept of “social integration”, in a dynamic and not normative perspective according to which misunderstandings play a fundamental (and inherently productive) role. 

Adèle Sutre

Dr Adèle Sutre is a geographer and a historian. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the ERC Lubartworld Project. In 2017, she defended her PhD at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris on Romani mobilities around the world between the 1880s and the 1950s. Her research focuses on movement and how it influences the way people perceive the world and develop a sense of place. She is particularly interested in the role of images and in 2018 she was co-curator of the exhibition “Mondes tsiganes. La fabrique des images” at the National Museum of Immigration History in Paris.

Chiara Tribulato

Chiara Tribulato started working as a postdoctoral researcher at CNRS, LACITO in 2021. Tribulato holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Padua where she defended her thesis on the identity dynamics of Sinti within the world of Italian funfairs. She conducted long-term fieldwork among Sicilian funfair workers and among Lombard Sinti in the regions of Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy. Her research interests include Romani culture, Romani sociolinguistics and the identity construction of peripatetic communities.

Pablo Irizarri van Suchtelen

Dr Pablo Irizarri van Suchtelen is a linguist. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the CNRS-Lacito with a Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) grant from 2017 to 2020. He focuses on the language practices in the Romani-Spanish community in Chile. In his research, he has managed to combine insights from different fields of interest, such as second language acquisition, heritage languages and cognitive linguistics. 

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