nikola ludlová: research & cv

Roma as an Object of Science and State Polices. Knowledge and Citizens in the Making in Post-war Czechoslovakia, 1945–1989

Research area 2: Norms & Transgressions

Contact : nikola.ludlova(@)

My dissertation project traces the history of the production of knowledge on the Roma population in Czechoslovakia between 1945 and 1989. It’s a contribution to a larger historiographical question relating to the history of science, i.e. the mutual interaction between political and scientific realms. I’m interested in finding out how the establishment of Roma as an object of science enhanced the development of these disciplines. I’m also looking at its instrumentalization by the state, as well as other actors, motivated by individual research interests. Some of these actors, despite participating in state-commissioned projects, became openly critical to assimilatory policies towards Roma and supporters/co-activists in the ethnic-emancipatory efforts of Roma intellectuals. Knowledge, therefore, simultaneously served two goals: the assimilation’s legitimization and it’s opposing ethnic emancipation. I intend to specifically position this study with respect to the field of knowledge termed as Gypsy studies or gypsiology.



  • 2016 – Central European University, Budapest, Department of History, Doctoral program in Comparative History of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe
  • September 2014 – June 2016, Central European University, Budapest, Department of History, Master program in Comparative History of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe
  • October 2003 – May 2009, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Department of Romani studies, Bachelor program in Philology


  • Ludlová, Nikola. “Vita Sexualis: Karl Ulrichs and the Origins of Sexual Science.” European Review of History: Revue européenne d’histoire (March 2020). A book review. Published online.
  • Ludlová, Nikola. “Coerced Sterilization of Romani Women in the Czech (Czechoslovak) and European Context: The Past and Present.” Conference report. Published online in June 2018 at the website of the Prague Forum for Romani Histories
  • Ludlová, Nikola, and Pavel Baloun. “Tracing the Legacies of the Roma Genocide. Families as Transmitters of Experience and Memory.” A Conference report. Published online in April 2018 at the H-Soz-Kult website
  • Ludlová, Nikola. “Humorous Stories as a Tool for Building Prestige and Self-Esteem. A Social Analysis of the Romani Verbal Art.” ENTER+ vol. 29. The manual for Romani art. (January 2016).

Other academic activities

  • 16 – 18 September 2020, Gypsy Lore Society Conference on Romani Studies. Organized by the Gypsy Lore Society in cooperation with the Prague Forum for Romani Histories. Conference paper: Roma as an Object of Demographic Science
  • 2 – 5 July 2018, Public History Summer School in Wroclaw, Poland.
    Organized by the Historical Institute of the University of Wroclaw in cooperation with the International Federation for Public History and Zajezdnia History Centre
  • 16 – 21 July 2018, The Biological and the Social between 1900 and Today, Organized by the History Department of Central European University, Budapest in cooperation with Fritz Thyssen Foundation.