The issues concerning the community of the Romanian Romani in Wrocław are not discussed with the community representatives. Decisions and opinions that involve them are formulated without experts’ advice or public consultations. During the debate we are going to analyze the reasons for failing to initiate such dialogue and discuss the conditions necessary for this dialogue to emerge.

We are going to address the following issues:

– What is dialogue and what is the significance of properly conducted public consultations? Why is it important to enter into conversation with the community concerned?

– The actual multiculturalism in Wrocław, Eurocentrism and the values presented as
the best/ most proper in the public discourse.
As a community, are we able to accept
the rejection of our norms and social rules
by “the Others” and acknowledge their right
to lead a different lifestyle?

– The uniqueness of culture and identity of the Romanian Romani in Wrocław. Can our interventions, carried out in good faith, pose
a threat to Romani identity and group coherence, and lead to deterioration of the group?

– How open we are to dialogue with excluded people? Why are we afraid of establishing contact with this community, face their reality and take responsibility for it?

– Are we ready for dialogue with the Romanian Romani community? Why hasn’t this dialogue begun? How should/ could it look like?

Participants in the discussion:

Maria Łój is an educator who has cooperated with the Romani community in Wrocław for many years. As a teacher she supports children’s education and coordinates the work of Romani assistants.

Joanna Talewicz-Kwiatkowska, PhD,
is an anthropologist at the Jagiellonian University
in Cracow and the editor-in-chief
of the Dialog-Pheniben quarterly.

Agata Ferenc from the Nomada Association

Dariusz Tokarz, Lower Silesian Governor’s Representative for the National and Ethnic Minorities

Jacek Sutryk, Director of the Department of Social Affairs of the Municipal Office of Wrocław

Moderator: Jacek Żakowski