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Rebecca Karelse


I am interested in examining the experiences of marginalized groups in Early Modern European areas, specifically to develop an understanding of how England used social structures to maintain liminal spaces and the boundaries of belonging, which contributed to the stigmatization and marginalization of itinerants, vagabonds and vagrants, and by association the Romani people. I am very keen to continue this research, while also demonstrating how anti-Semitic attitudes in medieval and early modern England filtered into normative cultural and social patterns; which created space for the development and perpetuation of anti-Gypsyism; the last acceptable form of racism.   

Selected Publications


  • "Religious Toleration in the form of Pragmatic Civic Duty: the Dutch Republic in the 17th Century" in 2018 UNB TimePieces History Undergraduate Journal
  • "Canada and the War in Afghanistan: Examining the Role of Media and the Government in the Decline for Public Support for the War" in 2017 UNB TimePieces History Undergraduate Journal
  • "Porajmos: The 'Devouring' of a People Forgotten: Examining the Contribution of Encultured Prejudice to the German Genocide of Romani" in Proceedings of Arts Matters (UNB) 2019
  • "Vagrants, Nomads, and 'Gypsies': Defining Romani Identity within the Ottoman Empire and Kingdom of Portugal, 1200-1650" in 2019 UNB TimePieces History Undergraduate Journal
  • "They Serve That Men May Fly" produced for the RCAF (Vintage Wings, RCAF Journal 2020)
  • "Because They Tried" produced for the RCAF in OMMC journal 2020
  • "We're About to Crash", produced for the RCAF


  • Atlantic Universities Undergraduate History and Classics Conference 2019
  • Arts Matters Conference UNB 2019
Awards and recognition
  • Harry Velensky Prize  2018
  • Gillian Liebenberg Prize 2018,2019
  • Rabbi David Spiro Essay Prize 2019
  • UNB Honours Book Prize 2017

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.