What is it about?

The performative representation of the Spanish Roma woman reveals a historical journey that brings her closer to many symbolic elaborations of the feminine, giving her a special affinity with the imaginary concerning the colonized woman, particularly with the Orientalist vision. Developed initially by the travelling intellectuals in Spain who sought a fusion of the topics of sexualized exoticism, the myth was reworked by local artists and thinkers without undermining their power to silence and make invisible the reality of the most vulnerable and most represented members of the ethnic group, their women.

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The authors analyse a series of interviews with Roma women that investigate the social agents of representation, selfrepresentation and their conceptual and experiential foundations.


Reviewing the theoretical bases that made our research possible, we saw how a discipline that is dedicated to the public use of memory in its most persuasive aspects is naturally allied with the ideas of critical theories. These intersections of the new museology with postmodern and postcolonial feminist thinking proceed to a new vision of memory that is only beginning to be constructed.

Ester Alba Pagan
Universitat de Valencia

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This page is a summary of: Gitanas without a tambourine: Notes on the historical representation and personal self-representation of the Spanish Romani woman, European Journal of Women s Studies, January 2020, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1350506819898739.
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