During the academic year 2014-2015, Ismael Cortes and Cayetano Fernadez came at Central European University as visiting students at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, under the Roma Doctoral Fellowship Program scheme.

Cayetano Fernandez (Spain)

Cayetano is a linguistic anthropologist, enrolled in a doctoral program in social anthropology at the University of Granada, Spain.  His doctoral dissertation studies the intergenerational transmission of Calo language, tracing different interpretations of the history of the Calo language, and then – with mixed qualitative and quantitative methods - the usage of specific words from the language among the Roma in Spain. In the last part, the dissertation explores through qualitative interviews the way members of the Roma community in Spain relate to the language in their everyday life and identify with it, or fail to do so, across different generations.

Ismael Cortes (Spain)

Ismael is a doctoral student in philosophy at the Unesco Chair of Philosophy for Peace, University Jaume I, Castellón.  His doctoral dissertation focuses on discourse analysis and the question of the production of anti-Gypsyism in Europe. During his time at CEU, he published a paper that deals with the different paradigm of treatment of Roma identity – reconstructive and deconstructive – and how they are represented in key documents on Roma inclusion. Over the last year, Ismael contributed pieces to Socialist Worker (Ireland), El Pais (Spain), Roma Voices, LeftEast, and Le Monde Diplomatique.

Cayetano co-authored with Ismael an article in Le Monde Diplomatique on the history of Roma in Spain: Long, sad history of Roma in Spain.