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ECMI Summer School 2015 on National Minorities and Border Regions

The changing order and new insecurities: impact on minorities in Europe


Europe and its neighbourhood are undergoing significant changes that will shape the political and economic development in the 21st century. While EU member states are facing an increase in Euroscepticism and right-wing populism, the Eastern European neighbourhood is struggling with a dilemma: towards East or West? Global concerns such as climate change, aging populations, youth unemployment, or violations of human rights are also issues that Europe needs to address. The changing order and the new global challenges are most adversely affecting the most vulnerable groups of society: national / ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples.

Aims and objectives

The ECMI Summer School will take an interdisciplinary approach and will evaluate the current situation in Europe and its neighbourhood exploring its impact on national minorities. Critically examining the mechanisms of the national and EU institutions to confront the new challenges, the course will build upon the existing knowledge and open discussions to yield innovative approaches and new ideas, bringing in case studies from academic as well as practitioners’ perspectives. The topic will be approached through a historical timeline: analyzing the relevant historical background, discussing the present state and envisioning the future patterns as an outcome of the discussions and workshops during the course. A special attention will be placed on the experience of the Danish-German border region.

Structure of the course

The two-week intensive programme will include:

  • A keynote speech delivered by a prominent international scholar/practitioner;
  • Academic lectures delivered by international scholars;
  • Practitioners‘ seminars;
  • Interactive workshops facilitated by trained professionals, using methods of non-formal education;
  • Discussion sessions with opportunities to discuss the topic of the day with a guest speaker, ECMI researchers and among participants;
  • Presentations of the Summer School participants (case studies, research, etc.);
  • Different social events planned for evenings;
  • Working in 5 subgroups, followed by group presentations, sessions moderated with the methods of NFE;
  • Meetings and discussions with local politicians, minority representatives, and youth groups;
  • Trips to the regional sights in the Danish-German border region. The educational guided tour will be provided;
  • Graduation ceremony: The Chairperson of the Flensburg City Council (Stadtpraesidentin), Ms. Swetlana Krätzschmar, will deliver the certificates and meet the participants.

Discussing the new and emerging challenges and their impact on minorities, the course will include five thematic modules:

  • Political,
  • Socio-cultural,
  • Global challenges,
  • National Minorities in the Border regions,
  • Future prospects.

While in the first four modules the participants will be introduced to the various case studies and will enhance their knowledge on the issues, in the last module they are expected to put the knowledge in practice and discuss future possible scenarios and solutions. 

Target group

The summer school is aimed at Master and PhD students, young researchers and professionals.

Dates and Venue

09-15 August 2015; Flensburg/ Jaruplund Højskole


The Summer School 2015 fee is 750 EUR and includes:

  • Access to all three components of the Summer School 2015 (E-learning, Training, Alumni Network)
  • All reading materials
  • Accommodation for 6 nights at
  • Daily meals
  • Participation in all additional Summer School activities (film screenings, social activities).  

ECMI is currently working on getting financial aid to support all participants fully or partially. You will be informed on relevant funding possibilities. At the same time, we recommend you apply for financial opportunities from your government, scholarship programs and sending institutions.

Application Procedure

Applicants are required to submit a completed Online Application Form, which includes:

  • General information (contact details, affiliation, practical and logistical information),
  • Contact details (names, affiliations, addresses, emails and phone numbers) of two referees.

Start an Online Application here

Upon submission of an Online Application form, the applicants are requested to send the following documents to

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation explaining the reason for their interest to participate in the course, and how they will utilize and benefit from this experience in the future
  • A brief abstract on one of the specific topics of the Summer School 2015, as listed above. The abstract must be max. 500 words.

The selection will be performed on the basis of academic and professional achievements, as well as expressed interest in the topic. Diversity of the group in terms of professional background and country of origin will be encouraged.

Deadline for applications: 15 May 2015

Download the detailed Call for Applications here 

Disclaimer: The ECMI Summer School 2015 will only take place is the minimum number of participants (15) will be met. In case the minimum number of applicants/participants is not met, the ECMI keeps the right to cancel the event before 15th of June 2015

Contact person

Tamari Bulia
Tamari Bulia

Venue 2015: Jaruplund Højskole

ECMI founders:

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