Minorities in Action:

Series of ECMI publications on Danish- German Border Region. See the publications

Minority Institutions:

Presentation about the minority institutions in the Danish-German border region. See the presentation

ECMI in the Danish-German Border Region

The presence of the ECMI is a symbol of successful Danish-German cooperation in the border region. Through its research, training programmes and disseminating information, the ECMI is an academic hub on minority-majority relations in Flensburg. The ECMI actively cooperates with governmental and non-governmental institutions across the border as well as the local universities and media. Promoting the Danish-German border region and its history of minority-majority relations is one of important objectives of the ECMI. 

Some examples of our engagement in the border region include:

  • Introductory presentations and lectures on minority issues and the ECMI’s work to visiting groups and individuals at Kompagnietor (for more information, please see the ECMI Calendar or contact our secretariat);
  • Lectures and seminars at the local universities (read about the Minority Regime Seminar);
  • Cooperation with the local government bodies within various projects (see the ECMI projects);
  • The ECMI Annual Summer School on National Minorities and Border Regions (read about the ECMI Summer Schools);
  • The Annual Minority Roundtable (see more below). 

ECMI Annual Minority Roundtable

The ECMI organizes a yearly Minority Roundtable with the four national minorities in the region. The purpose of the Roundtable is to discuss specific topics that have held salient positions in the life of the minorities during the past year. The Roundtable is thus a forum for exchange of knowledge and views about topical issues that concern the minorities and which have importance for the Centre’s research and future projects. Each year a specific topic is announced before the event, and a pamphlet is usually prepared afterwards to collect the ideas and thoughts that have been discussed. 

Minority Roundtable 2017 on "Language(s) and National Identity"

What does it mean to be a ‘true’ German or a ‘true’ Dane? Does one have to be born in the country of citizenship? Does one have to speak the national language? Can one associate two languages with one national identity? Is there a hierarchy between national and minority languages? What does ‘we’ mean? Must ‘we’ share the same customs and traditions? Is mastering the national language necessary for belonging? When is one a member of a national ‘group’? These are some of the questions, we ask at the ECMI’s 8th Minority Roundtable on 8 May 2017.

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The Minority Roundtable will focus on language and identity in a broad sense. The two concepts and their connection have become topics in the Danish-German border region lately.

We invite representatives of the national minorities and members of academia in the border region to join us for a discussion of how to understand this debate and its many aspects.

The ECMI is pleased to host Mayor of Flensburg City Ms. Simone Lange at the 8th Minority Roundtable. The Roundtable will feature two short debate introductions delivered by Prof. Dr. Nils Langer (Europa-Universität Flensburg) and Prof. Dr. Elin Fredsted (Europa-Universität Flensburg). The discussions will be moderated by Dr. Jørgen Kühl (ECMI Chairman).

Date and time: 8 May 2017, 19.00-21.00

Venue: ECMI/Kompagnietor, Schiffbruecke 12, Flensburg

R.S.V.P. at info@ecmi.de

The previous roundtables:

Minority Roundtable 2010

Minority Roundtable 2011

Minority Roundtable 2012

Minority Roundtable 2013

Minority Roundtable 2014

Minority Roundtable 2015


Was macht das ECMI eigentlich?

Das Kompagnietor (DE)

Über die Geschichte, Trauungen in Kompagnietor und Bilder. [Link]

ECMI News in the Border Region

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State