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2023-05-25ECMI Minorities Blog. The Cultural Appropriation of Flamenco: Views of Gitanos from Jerez de la Frontera
With discussions surrounding cultural appropriation ongoing in numerous spheres including music, fashion, and language, this blogpost explores the ever-changing nature of culture through the first-hand accounts of Gitanos from Jerez de la Frontera. The presence of the Gitano minority in Jerez has historically had – and continues to have – a significant impact on the city. This is especially true regarding flamenco, an artform encompassing centuries of history and culture. In this blogpost, the author uses interviews and a survey conducted for her MA thesis, as well as two case studies (namely that of Lola Flores and Rosalía), to explore the various ways of approaching and contextualizing theoretical understandings of cultural appropriation.
2023-05-23Call for Papers - Deadline Extended: Workshop "Minority Women and Intersectionality: A Renewed Research Agenda?"
We are looking for paper proposals for our workshop Minority Women and Intersectionality: A Renewed Research Agenda? in Flensburg on on 10-11 July 2023. We have extended the deadline for abstract submissions to 30 May.
2023-05-22Der Kurzfilm Streifzug kommt zu uns ins Kompagnietor!
Am 9. und 10. Juni können insgesamt 43 Kurzfilme in der Flensburger Innenstadt gesehen werden.Wir freuen uns dieses Jahr auch dabei sein zu können. Den 9. og 10. juni står filmkorte e. V. i samarbejde med 27 andre aktører og institutioner i Flensborgs kulturscene med "kortfilm strejftoget" på banen igen. På begge dage har man mulighed for, at “strejfe” gennem bymidten og se forskellige kortfilm rundt omkring i de forskellige institutioner der deltager, også hos os (Schiffbrücke 12, 24939 Flensburg).
2023-05-12OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Visits ECMI to Mark 30th Anniversary
The ECMI had the privilege of welcoming the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from May 10th to May 12th. This visit was part of the HCNM's 30th anniversary celebrations and aimed to highlight the crucial role of the OSCE in promoting and protecting the rights of national minorities, as well as discuss the challenges and opportunities for minority rights in the Danish-German border region.
2023-05-05Expert Workshop on the War in Ukraine and its Impact on Ethno-Religious Minorities in the Region Held at the ECMI
The European Centre for Minority Issues hosted a two-day expert workshop on May 4-5, 2023. The workshop aimed to provide a platform for academics, researchers, and experts to share their insights and discuss the ongoing conflict's impact on the ethno-religious minorities in Ukraine.
2023-04-28Politics and Civil Society Research Cluster Becomes a Member of the European Language Equality Network (ELEN): Interview with Sergiusz Bober & Craig Willis
The Politics and Civil Society Research Cluster has officially become a member of the The European Language Equality Network (ELEN). Sergiusz Bober and Craig Willis talk about the importance of the membership in this network for the ECMI and their Cluster's research.
2023-04-06ECMI Minorities Blog. Gagauzia’s Response to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
This blog post examines how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has impacted the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia in southern Moldova. The author argues that the Moldovan government’s sharp condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its move toward the European Union has caused tensions with the Gagauz minority. Furthermore, the text highlights how since the beginning of the invasion, Gagauzia’s regional authorities, as well as the general population, have resisted efforts by the Moldovan government to limit Russian influence in the region. It also shows how dissatisfaction with the policies of the current government, combined with an economic crisis and a prolonged drought, have led to political infighting within Gagauzia, and the rise of certain pro-Russian figures who employ radical language reminiscent of the late-Soviet period.
2023-03-28ECMI research on minority language media strengthened by activities in Galicia
The Politics & Civil Society Research Cluster researchers Sergiusz Bober and Craig Willis continue to work on the topic of minority language media as one of the key research themes within their Cluster. Last week in Santiago de Compostela, together with ECMI visiting researcher Facundo Reyna-Muniain and alongside local Galician partners, they organised three days of intense discussions on varying shared challenges facing minority language media.
2023-03-27CALL FOR PAPERS: Workshop “Understanding Cultural Conflict and Conflict Dynamics: The Role of Collective Emotions”
We are delighted to announce the upcoming workshop on “Understanding Cultural Conflict and Conflict Dynamics: The Role of Collective Emotions” at The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg, Germany, on 20-21 October 2023. We seek research papers focusing on collective emotions as an independent variable in understanding cultural conflicts.
2023-03-13Applications for Summer School 2023 are now open
Ever since its first edition in 2011, the Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions has been one of the fundamental annual activities of the European Centre for Minority Issues. Scholars, Ph.D.- and MA students from various fields connected to minority studies are welcome to appl
2023-02-21JEMIE listed under Scopus
We are thrilled to announce that the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) has been accepted in Scopus.
2023-02-02Cooperation between OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and ECMI to be strengthened in 2023
Participation in consultative bodies and the production of specialised policy analyses, present important tools for the centre to involve in minority policy. ECMI experts are regular participants in the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion (CDADI) and its Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (ADI-ROM). For the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) , the ECMI has produced reports on the socio-economic participation of national minorities and will further contribute to the launch of a new set of HCNM recommendations on socio-economic participation of minorities in 2023. As a kick-off event for the 30th anniversary of the HCNM of the OSCE this year, the ECMI has been asked to host an Expert Meeting in May.
2023-01-30Call for papers. The war in Ukraine and its impact on ethno-religious minorities in the region
Our upcoming workshop will examine how the war affected Ukraine's ethno-religious minorities, their identities, religious and cultural practices, and value orientations. We invite abstracts focusing on the transformations in the life of ethno-religious minorities after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the war in Donbas, and, in particular, after the full-scale Russian offensive in February 2022. This project aims to produce a collective volume on the war in Ukraine and its impact on ethno-religious minorities in the region. We see its implementation as a two-stage process: an expert workshop in May 2023 and an edited volume in late 2023 or early 2024.
2023-01-24ECMI Minorities Blog. 50 Years of South Tyrolean Autonomy
With its second Statute of Autonomy, the Italian province of South Tyrol is usually considered a model for resolving ethnic conflicts. In the light of the 50th anniversary of the Statute, this blogpost aims at discussing the current status of South Tyrol’s autonomy and measures to protect the province’s German and Ladin-speaking population. In particular, the analysis focuses on the effects of the second Statute of Autonomy on the South Tyrolean population over the past five decades and the relationships between the linguistic groups. In bringing together a variety of research conducted on South Tyrol, the author highlights both the successful results in terms of peaceful cohabitation as well the limits and problematic aspects that still persist.
2023-01-112023: Serbia is calling. A new action-oriented project and the annual summer school both will take place in the Republic of Serbia
The initiative 'Minority Protection for EU Accession' is funded by the German development agency GIZ and will be carried out in close collaboration with the Serbian Ministry for Human and Minority Rights and other stakeholders. The Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions will take place in Belgrade from 27 August - 3 September 2023 and partner with the Institute of Social Sciences in Belgrade.
2022-12-21ECMI Minorities Blog. National and Linguistic Minorities in the Context of Professional Football across Europe: Five Examples from Non-kin State Situations.
Football clubs are often analysed by scholars as ‘imagined communities’, for no fan of any team will ever meet, or even be aware of most of their fellow supporters on an individual level. They are also simultaneously one of the most tribal phenomena of the twenty-first century, comparable to religion in terms of the complexity of rituals, their rhythm and overall organizational intricacies, yet equally inseparable from economics and politics. Whilst, superficially, the events of sporting fixtures carry little political significance, for many of Europe’s national and linguistic minorities football fandom takes on an extra dimension of identity – on an individual and collective scale, acting as a defining differentiation from the majority society. This blogpost analyses five clubs from non-kin state settings, with the intention to assess how different aspects of minority identities affect their fan bases, communication policies and other practices.