Klaus-Michael Bogdal

is Professor of German Literary Science at the University of Bielefeld. His book Europa erfindet die Zigeuner [Europe invents the Gypsies] is published by Suhrkamp Verlag (2011).


Europe invents the Gypsies

The dark side of modernity

Social segregation, cultural appropriation: the six-hundred-year history of the European Roma, as recorded in literature and art, represents the underside of the European subject’s self-invention as agent of civilizing progress in the world, writes Klaus-Michael Bogdal.