Margareta Matache

Margareta Matache

Harvard University

Margareta (Magda) Matache is a Lecturer on Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the co-founder and Director of the Roma Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University. She is also a member of the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistribute Justice and the O’Neill-Lancet Commission on Racism, Structural Discrimination and Global Health.

With more than 20 years of experience in activism and research, Dr. Matache has dedicated her work to advancing justice and Roma rights.

Dr. Matache’s research focuses on the manifestations and impacts of racism and other systems of oppression in different geographical and political contexts.

In 2017, she co-edited Realizing Roma Rights, an investigation of anti-Roma racism in Europe, in collaboration with Jacqueline Bhabha, and Andrzej Mirga. Dr. Matache is also the co-editor of Time for Reparations, a 2021 volume exploring the issue of reparations across a broad range of historical and geographic contexts and academic disciplines.

Talk Information:

The Enslavement of Roma People. A Dialogue with the Global Scholarship on Racial Slavery and Racism.
June 24, 2023 | 9:00 AM

In this lecture, I will discuss the system of slavery in Romania and the tactics used by enslavers to justify economic oppression, exploitation, and brutal violence, including rape, murder, and family separation for half a millennium. I will engage with the global scholarly literature on racial slavery and racism through a Roma lens to unpack the legacies of enslavement and present-day manifestations of anti-Roma racism.