Rosamaria E. Kostic Cisneros

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Rosamaria E. Kostic Cisneros

Senior Research Assistant

My Research Vision

I am inspired by interdisciplinary work and collaborative projects and modes of working. The combination of the practical and the theoretical underpins all of my research interests and I am guided by bringing people together. Working with vulnerable groups and using the arts and education to engage communities and participate in projects that lead to a more inclusive society, is what I am hoping to achieve with my academic research. Cultural heritage and digital technologies is also a key part of my current practice.


A Dance Historian and Critic, Roma Scholar, Flamenco Historian and Peace Activist who graduated from the UW-Madison Dance Program and went on to complete her Master’s in Dance History and Criticism from UNM-Albuquerque. Rosamaria is a professional dancer, choreographer and qualified teacher, who has lived and danced in various parts of the world and collaborated with many Flamenco greats and other leaders in the Dance field. She has taught throughout Europe and the US at places like UW-Madison, UIUC, Boston Conservatory, Brown University and at various other places in Germany, Spain and Turkey. She is a dance writer who makes regular contributions to Bachtrack Magazine and Flamenco News while also dancing with Protein Dance Co. Rosamaria is involved in various EU funded projects which aims to make education accessible to vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities. She believes that dance and music are great equalisers and can be used to engage and change society, resulting in a more peaceful world.

Selected outputs


  • Romani Week Festival. Coventry University Romani Week seeks to promote a better awareness and understanding of the lives and culture of the Romani/Gypsy/Traveller people.
  • Europeana Space. The aim of the Europeana Space project is to create new opportunities for employment and economic growth within the creative industries sector based on Europe’s rich digital cultural resources. 
  • RomUP! The partners are committed to the values of open data, open source and open innovation.
  • Rom-act: widening Roma women’s access to non-formal and informal learning validation systems.Inclusion of Roma Women into the Labour Market: Validation of informal and non-formal systems.
  • Flamenko Coventry 2014. A celebration of Roma culture, from India to Europe, through Flamenco featuring performances, lectures, film screenings, workshops and exhibitions with participation across all subject groups in CSAD, and Culturae Mundi, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations and C-DaRE.
  • Digital Echoes Symposium 2015: Intangible and Performance-Based Cultural Heritage. Digital Echoes 2015 will bring together artists, researchers and practitioners interested in exploring how digital environments intervene in the creation, documentation, circulation and reception of culture.
  • Visualising Relationships Exhibition as part of the Body^Space^Object Symposium. This exhibition and symposium consider how performative and material practices have articulated the embodied nature of memory and sentiment in relation to objects and space. Where is the common ground between dance and visual art? Does this common ground create a radical space for new thinking, making, performing and writing? How can the different ideas and practices of dance and art add richness to an understanding of memory, sentiment, body, space and object?