Dominika Badžová

Dominika Badžová (Slovakia)

Journalist, Researcher
Visegrad Scholarship at OSA
Attendance Period: 
Oct/2023 - Nov/2023
Research Title: 
Diversity of Roma People in Radio Free Europe Collections: Analyzing Human Rights Discourses and their Image in Audiovisual Material
Research Description: 

This research aims to investigate the content of the materials held at the Blinken OSA Archivum related to the human rights of Roma people, with a specific focus on state-Socialism and post-Socialist transition. The first aim is to examine the materials from the period between 1968 and 1989, which are closely linked to the emergence of discussions about minority rights. The second aim of the research is to explore and map out Roma-related topics in RFE materials. Additionally, I plan to examine both written and audiovisual materials in order to explore the way how the Roma people were struggling for the recognition of their human rights, as well as to see the way Roma people were treated by authorities in different context and to investigate the construction of the image of Roma in these materials.

Dominika Badžová graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Theory and History of Art and Culture from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2021, together with her colleagues, she received a journalism award in written journalism for a series of interviews with Roma men and women in the Roma newspaper Romano Nevo Ľil. In 2023, she graduated from CEU’s Roma Graduate Preparation Program, where she wrote her final paper on Roma Dissidents in Socialist Czechoslovakia: Struggling with Human Rights through Print Culture, dealing with Anna Koptová, journalist and former director of the first Roma theater in Slovakia. Recently, she won a grant from the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network where her aim is to present unique stories of Roma intellectuals from Kosovo and Serbia, visiting NGOs working with youth, minority human rights, and Roma inclusion.