ECMI organizes a panel at the First International Congress of Belarusian Studies
In the framework of its Belarus Programme on “International Minority Standards and Inter-Ethnic Dialogue in Belarus” (http://www.ecmi.de/programmes/the-belarus-programme/), ECMI participates in the First International Congress of Belarusian Studies, hosted by the Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas, Lithuania. 23-25 September 2011.
ECMI organises a Section on “Diversity Policies and Politics in Central and Eastern Europe” with participation of sixteen experts from Belarus, Russia, The Netherlands, Germany and other countries working minority themes. Within this Section, four panels will address Theoretical Issues of Minority Protection; Dynamics of Social and Political Institutions; Language, Mass Media and Public Discourses; Social Dynamics and Identity.
The Thematic priority of the Congress is: Rethinking Belarus: Twenty Years of Independence.
The Congress is founded by Lithuanian and Belarusian representatives of state and non-governmental organizations as an annual event. The Congress is going to be orientated not only to intellectuals but also to a wider public - journalists, experts, public figures, students, etc. from Belarus, Lithuania and other states. The Congress is aiming at more effective integration of researches and experts in political, social and humanitarian spheres, as well as at better understanding of Belarus in academic and public circles of East-Central European states and in the whole World.
The Congress is also envisaged as a place where results and studies of experts and scientists are going to be presented annually, becoming a place where future researches and public projects will be discussed, ideas and thoughts exchanged and informal contacts established.
The Congress will contribute to the reflection and to the systematization of studies and works done by experts and researches, as well as, will contribute to the intensification of collaboration and communication.
It is expected that more than 100 participants from Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine and other states will contribute to the Congress.
For further information on the Congress, visit the site at http://istorija.vdu.lt/web/icbs/English_program.html