Second announcement for the 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Gypsy Lore Society

Final programme and abstracts

The programme and abstracts of the conference will be available on our website from May 18, 2009. Forty papers have been accepted for oral presentation at the conference. The web version of the programme will be continually updated if changes occur. Paper versions of the abstract booklet and the programme will be distributed to the participants at the registration desk on August 27, 2009.


Preregistration for the conference starts on April 30, 2009. You should preregister by sending an e-mail with your (1) name, (2) affiliation and (3) contact information to fgk at ling dot helsinki dot fi. The preregistration deadline for accepted speakers is May 14, 2009, for other participants August 5, 2009. Late registration is possible from August 6, 2009.

Venue and registration on spot

Registration on spot starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2009, on the third floor of the University Main Building (entry from Fabianinkatu 33, one block north of the green circle on the map). All lecture halls are on the same floor.

Information for those giving a presentation

In the lecture halls, there is an overhead projector, a data projector and a PC with standard MS Office programmes and memory stick outlets. If you need any other equipment, please let us know in advance (by e-mail to fgk at ling dot helsinki dot fi).

We kindly ask you to make copies of your handouts in advance. The total number of participants will be around 60, and for most of the time there will be two general sections running simultaneously.

Please remember that your presentation should not exceed 20 minutes (+10 minutes for discussion).

Open book exhibition

There will be an open book exhibition. We encourage you to bring copies of your or your close colleagues' latest publications. The book exhibition takes place near the registration desk on the third floor. Don't be modest and don't hesitate to bring your publications with you! The book exhibition will give us all a good possibility to learn more about current developments in the field.

Social programme

On Thursday evening, August 27, there will be a reception by the University of Helsinki starting at 6.30 p.m.

On Friday evening, August 28, there will be a Reception and Cultural Programme at the Finnish Literature Society, Hallituskatu 1, sponsored by the Roma Art Center (Romanitaiteen keskus ry.), starting at 7 p.m.

The conference dinner on Saturday, August 29, will take place in restaurant Namaskaar, Mannerheimintie 100, starting at 7.30 p.m.


The conference fee (20 euros for full-time undergraduate and MA students, and Ph.D. students without salary or grant; 50 euros for others) is collected in cash upon registration. Late registration fees are 40 euros for students and 100 euros for others.

The fee for the conference dinner is 30 euros (also collected upon registration), not including drinks.

Weather in Finland in August

The temperature in Finland in late August can be anything between +15 and +25 centigrades. Sun and calm are quite possible, as are rain and wind.

For more information, please visit our web site. If you have any questions, please do not reply to this message, but send them to the conference e-mail address (fgk at ling dot helsinki dot fi) instead.

Welcome to Helsinki!

Wishing you all a refreshing summer,
The Organizers

Last modified: Fri Aug 21 16:17:13 EEST 2009