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2024-06-13

ECMI Successful with COST Action Application as Main Proposer for Advancing Linguistic Plurality in European Media

The ECMI is proud to announce its success in securing the highly competitive COST Action funding for the initiative titled “Language Plurality in Europe’s Changing Media Sphere” (PLURILINGMEDIA) (CA23105). This victory comes with the ECMI as the main proposer, leading an impressive consortium of researchers and practitioners.

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2024-06-04

ECMI Researchers Present at International Colloquium in Chișinău

Last week, ECMI Director Vello Pettai and Senior Researcher Felix Schulte presented their recent research at the ISPA RC Politics and Ethnicity Colloquium, held at Moldova State University from May 28-31, 2024.

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2024-06-03

Job Announcement: Researcher

As part of its research agenda for the coming years, the ECMI is offering a researcher position with a specific focus on the intergroup relations and minority language issues in the Denmark-Germany border region.

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2024-05-15

Call for Papers: International Workshop on the Law of Diversity

We are inviting submissions of abstracts for the international workshop titled "The Law of Diversity: New Theoretical and Practical Perspectives on Diversity Accommodation for Minority Groups." This event will take place from 30 September to 1 October 2024 at the ECMI in Flensburg, Germany. Please submit your abstracts by 15 June 2024.

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2024-05-08

ECMI Minorities Blog. Patterns of Immigrants’ Political Participation in Rural Italy

Giorgia Zogu

Democracy aims to alleviate social inequalities and provide equitable public decision-making for all. Ensuring immigrant citizens have equal political opportunities is vital for a stable democracy. This blog post explores how the openness of immigration laws impacts political participation, considering the influence of the local context on rural immigrant political participation. Focusing on three Italian regions, it employs a comparative study of nine rural municipalities. Political associations in rural areas differ from those in urban settings, emphasizing social networks, family ties, volunteerism, and religious affiliations. The article draws its data from a comprehensive approach, utilizing legal documents and semi-structured interviews with mayors, politically-active immigrants, associations, and clergymen. The article addresses the intricate dynamics of political participation in rural areas, shedding light on immigrants' engagement beyond conventional participation forms.

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2024-05-03

ECMI Minorities Blog.The Bicommunal Technical Committees in Cyprus: A Rare Example of ‘Engagement without Recognition’

Nasia Hadjigeorgiou

This post focuses on the bicommunal Technical Committees in Cyprus which, it argues, are rare instances of successful ‘Engagement without Recognition’ between a parent and a de facto state. They are, in other words, instances of cooperation between a non-internationally recognised entity and the internationally recognised state from which it attempted to secede. The post sheds light on the Technical Committees by explaining how and why they were established, and in what way they can be understood as examples of ‘Engagement without Recognition’. It offers examples of successful projects that were implemented by the Technical Committees and identifies lessons we can learn from their experiences to date, which can also be useful in other frozen conflict contexts around the world.

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2024-04-12

ECMI at the Annual Conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)

Researcher Craig Willis organised and chaired a Roundtable on Kin-state Minorities and Media Consumption. He also presented an individual paper on Football Clubs and Kin-States. ECMI’s post-doctoral researcher, Elmira Muratova, was also present in Cambridge. She organised and chaired a panel on Ukraine's Minorities at War.

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2024-04-02

DEUTSCHE ZUGEZOGENE IN NORDSCHLESWIG/ TYSKE TILFLYTTERE I DANMARK

Welchen Einfluss hat deutsche Immigration auf die nordschleswigsche Minderheitengemeinschaft? 
Hvordan påvirker tysk indvandring det nordslesvigske mindretalssamfund?
Die Ergebnisse unserer Befragung liegen vor. 
Resultaterne af vores undersøgelse er nu tilgængelige.

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2024-04-02

Newspaper of the German minority in Denmark wins the first International Award for Local Media

The award recognises the newspaper's transformation from a daily print publication to a digital platform that now extends its reach beyond its primary audience, the German minority in Danish North Schleswig. Our researchers, Sergiusz Bober and Craig Willis, examined the transition process during the digitalization of Der Nordschleswiger and analysed the strategic changes, focusing also on the theoretical reflections concerning the role of minority language media.

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2024-03-05

DISKURS: A NEW DANISH-GERMAN NEWSLETTER

With its recent expansion into more regional minority research and collaboration, the ECMI introduced a new Danish- and German-language newsletter.
D I S K U R S features profiles of ECMI’s work as well as updates on research results and impact.

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2024-02-21

Publish in the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE)

The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE), published by the ECMI, is welcoming submissions! Our open-access international academic journal journal is a hub for discussions on ethnicity, minority rights, and diverse societal challenges.

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2024-01-30

ECMI Minorities Blog. Indigenous Inequalities in Egalitarian Societies: The Case of the Sámi People in Norway and Sweden

Fabian Bergmann

Many Indigenous peoples live in firmly unequal societies and face substantial material disparities towards the ethnic majority populations. Yet, inequalities between ethnic groups are usually multidimensional and go beyond material status. But are they also present when economic inequality is absent? That is, what kind of inequalities do Indigenous peoples face in societies conventionally considered egalitarian? This blog post reports on new research about the situation of the Sámi people in Norway and Sweden. It indeed supports the proposition that the Sámi are on a material par with their non-Indigenous compatriots. Nonetheless, they are more likely to experience discrimination, and these experiences are strongly linked to how proficient Sámi are in their Indigenous languages and how frequently they use them. This shows that the Sámi face inequalities especially in the dimension of cultural status. Finally, the post points out potential further inequalities in the case of the Sámi that research has yet to address.

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2024-01-26

Interview mit einer Minderheitensprachenpromoterin

Die 15. Folge der ECMI Videoserie Conversations with Experts bot für ECMI Forscherin Ruth Kircher den perfekten Anlass, um Mirjam Vellinga zum Gespräch zu bitten. "Language promoter / Sprachenpromoterin" steht auf Mirjam Vellingas Visitenkarte und das macht natürlich neugierig: Was macht eine Sprachenpromoterin – und wie wird man das? Entstanden ist ein spannendes Gespräch zum Thema Sprachförderung von Minderheitenfragen.

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2023-12-14

ECMI Addresses Key Challenges at the "Challenges of Monitoring in the European Multicultural Environment" Conference

The ECMI, represented by its Director Vello Pettai and Senior Researcher Ljubica Djordjević, significantly contributed to the international scientific conference titled "Challenges of Monitoring in the European Multicultural Environment" hosted by the Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade. 

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2023-12-11

ECMI Minorities Blog. Ethnic Identity and Football in Mostar – A Clear Divide along the Old Front Line

Craig Willis

This blogpost addresses the question of how ethnic identities (and societal divisions) in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, are expressed through football and considers how this dominates the city’s linguistic landscape. It is therefore embedded in the context of previous literature on sport and identity but also the discipline of sociolinguistics. The post discusses the prominence of street murals and graffiti relating to Mostar’s two football clubs, FK Velež Mostar and HŠK Zrinjski Mostar, outlining how the situation is very much territorially divided along the same geographical points of the ethnic conflict in the early 1990s. 

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2023-12-10

ECMI Researcher Elmira Muratova Explores Crimean Tatars' Resilience in the Face of Annexation

Dr. Elmira Muratova, a recent addition to the ECMI's research team, captivated audiences with her recent engagements in the academic arena, shedding light on the dynamics faced by the Crimean Tatar community post the 2014 annexation of Crimea at both the Humboldt University Lecture Series and the George Washington University's Petrach Program on Ukraine.

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