2022-01-12The European Yearbook of Minority Issues: We are currently looking for submissions for the 2021 volume
The European Yearbook of Minority Issues presents a critical review of contemporary developments in minority-majority relations in Europe. It combines analysis, commentary and documentation in relation to conflict management, international legal developments and domestic legislation affecting minorities in Europe. Interested authors are invited to submit an abstract by 23 January 2022, based on which selected authors will be invited to write full contributions by 15 April 2022.
2022-01-03Ein Brief mit Folgen...
Anlässlich des Todestages des ECMI Gründervaters und ehemaligen Grenzlandbeauftragten Kurt Hamer, möchten wir Ihnen heute einen besonderen Brief zeigen. Die folgenden Zeilen hat Kurt Hamer an den Ministerpräsidenten des Landes Schleswig-Holstein verfasst. Obwohl der Brief wegen des Todes von Kurt Hamer (03.01.1991) nicht mehr rechtzeitig abgeschickt werden konnte, haben seine Gedanken die Geschichte des europäischen Zentrums für Minderheiten maßgeblich beeinflusst
2021-12-21ECMI Minorites Blog. On Hyphenated Identities
In the spring of 2021, the Danish Borderland Association published the book Danskerne findes i mange modeller – portrætter af 15 unge med bindestregsidentitet by Marlene Fenger-Grøndahl. The book consists of fifteen interviews with young so-called cultural ambassadors of the Borderland Association, as well as essays on the history of the Danish-German borderland and the concept of a hyphenated identity that the young respondents refer to. In minority research, the concept of a hyphenated identity is both used and contested. However, the interviews underline that the concept can serve as an important backdrop for the empowerment of young people with minority identities. This ECMI Minorites Blog entry is written by Garbi Schmidt, professor of Cultural Encounters at Roskilde University.
2021-12-05Daniel Günther and Other High-Ranking Guests at ECMI Anniversary Reception
On 3rd December 2021, the ECMI turned 25.
To celebrate this special event, the Centre organised an anniversary panel discussion followed by a small reception at its headquarters. It was a great honour to welcome the prime minister of Schleswig-Holstein – Daniel Günther – at the celebration. Prime Minister Günther congratulated the Centre and emphasised its significant contribution to Schleswig-Holstein`s pioneering role regarding the minority rights regime in the past 25 years.
2021-11-18ECMI Minorities Blog. Native Others: What Implications Does the Law on Indigenous Peoples Have for Ukraine’s Indigenous Population?
In July 2021, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a Law on Indigenous Peoples. It provides a framework for the protection of the rights of the indigenous peoples of the Crimean Peninsula, namely Crimean Tatars, Karaites and Krymchaks, and excludes Mariupol Greeks as a minority potentially qualifying for the status of the fourth indigenous group residing outside of Crimea. What was the general context of the adoption of the Law? What rights does it envisage? And what could the Law potentially bring to the recognized indigenous peoples? This blog post attempts to answer these questions.
2021-11-15JEMIE Call for Papers
The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) welcomes research articles, commentaries, and book reviews from practitioners, academics and students on all aspects of ethnopolitics and minority issues. The deadline for submissions for the next general issue is 15 January 2022.
2021-09-30ECMI Minorities Blog. Less equal than others: National minorities and the overlooked challenge of socio-economic inequalities
Socio-economic inequalities are part and parcel of people’s everyday life in any society; yet for people who belong to ethnic, linguistic, religious, or cultural communities, these inequalities tend to be markedly greater than for others. Quite often, national minority communities face higher hurdles in accessing employment and gaining incomes on a par with those of the majority, and have lower access to adequate healthcare services, housing, education, or public services in general. And yet, a conversation about the socio-economic inequalities facing minority communities, the specific challenges they face, or the ways in which their participation might be improved is largely absent.
2021-09-20Two more Anniversary Bundles are out.
After the release of our first thematic bundle Minorities in the Digital Age four weeks ago, the second thematic bundle Non-Territorial Autonomy and the third thematic bundle Self-Determination and Secession are now publicly accessible as well.
2021-09-10The ECMI furthers its cooperation with the Schackenborg Foundation and the Danish Foreign Policy Society
On 16 September, a new panel discussion will be held at the Schackenborg Castle in Tønder, Denmark. Following last year’s celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Danish-German border region’s plebiscites, this panel discussion will focus on the future of the region. The geopolitical challenges which lie ahead of Germany and Denmark, their cooperation prospects and possible risks will be among the issues to discuss. Under the promising title “German and Danish Challenges – in European perspective”, the organisers have invited renowned discussants and experts.
2021-08-23First of ECMI 25th Anniversary Publication Bundles Is Out
In December, the ECMI will have been opened for incredible twenty-five years. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the ECMI commissioned an analysis of its entire publication collection, aiming to identify key analytical areas, where the ECMI’s publications have had the most impact. The analysis singled out 10 themes which will be presented in thematic bundles every other week. The first thematic bundle 'Minorities in the Digital Age' follows this year Summer School's topic.
2021-08-23The 11th Annual Summer School on Minorities in Border Regions Focuses on Minorities and Digitalisation
The Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions enters its 11th edition this year. Regarding the current Covid-19 pandemic and the rising use of online tools, this year´s topic ‘National Minorities and the New Digital Paradigm’ could not be more up to date
2021-08-19Federal Government Commissioner Dr. Bernd Fabritius Visits ECMI HQ
On Tuesday, 17 August, the ECMI was honoured to welcome the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Related to Ethnic German Resettlers and National Minorities Dr. Bernd Fabritius at its headquarters.
2021-08-04ECMI Minorities Blog. Why Scottish and Welsh Speakers Will Miss European Structural Funds
In this blog piece Craig Willis investigates the contribution of European Structural and Investment Funds projects in the period between 2007-2013 and 2014-2020, in order to ascertain direct and indirect links to the four Celtic languages, following the separation of cultural funds from the ESIF into Creative Europe and Erasmus Plus from 2007. He shows that, given that the speakers of such languages often reside in economically peripheral areas (at least in higher percentage terms), their livelihoods and everyday culture in the traditional speaking areas (even for non-speakers) are affected by availability of structural funds.
2021-07-19ECMI Minorities Blog. Identity Disputes and the EU Enlargement: The Case of North Macedonia
The Bulgarian veto on the EU membership negotiations with North Macedonia in 2020 has once again brought to attention the identity dispute between the two nations and the implications for the accession process. At the core of the dispute lies a rather static understanding of the nation: the fact that nation is a dynamic phenomenon is almost fully ignored in the political discourse, at least on the Bulgarian side. However, bringing identity disputes and the question of national minorities’ protection to the fore is an attempt to divert the public’s attention from state weakness and the reasons behind it, such as state capture, while the EU accession process gets instrumentalized once more.
2021-07-05Call for Papers - Special Issue of JEMIE on Minority Language Media and Covid-19
The upcoming Special Issue of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) intends to focus on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on minority language media (MLM). We therefore invite scholars to submit articles tackling particular issues or highlighting best practices concerning MLM during the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns.