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2020-07-01

ECMI Support for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship Applications

The European Centre for Minority Issues welcomes potential applicants for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF) to contact its staff for advice and support in completing their application. The ECMI welcomes applications in all areas related to researching minority issues. Fellows can come from a wide variety of disciplines. Applicants should think first about which cluster their research topic might best fit into, and then contact the relevant cluster head for a consultation

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2020-06-25

Extended Deadline for First Training School on Non-Territorial Autonomy

The First Training School on Non-Territorial Autonomy will take place in Flensburg and Sønderborg on 9-11 September 2020 (3 working days). The School is hosted by the University of Southern Denmark, Department of Political Science and Public Management in partnership with Europa-Universität Flensburg, and the ECMI. Applications can be submitted until 5 July 2020.

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2020-06-24

ECMI Senior Researcher Dr. Ljubica Djordjević Participated in the BeSEC Conference

Last week ECMI Senior Researcher Ljubica Djordjević participated in the online conference Boosting European Security Law and Policy, which was the final event of the BeSEC project. BeSEC is a Jean-Monnet project led by the Law Department of the University of Siena in cooperation with the ECMI, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, and the Matej Bel University. The Project has now come to its final phase as it will end in August 2020 after two years of successful implementation. 

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2020-06-22

New Series of Video Interviews Has Been Launched

The ECMI has started a new series of video interviews called ECMI Conversations with Experts. ECMI Conversations with Experts are a series of monthly video interviews between a prominent expert in the field of minority issues and a researcher from the European Centre for Minority Issues. 

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2020-06-15

ECMI Initiates New Project Together with University of Leicester

The European Centre for Minority Issues and the University of Leicester have initiated the project ‘Marginality on the Margins of Europe – The Impact of COVID-19 on Roma Communities in Non-EU Countries in Eastern Europe’.  

The aim of the project is to map the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Roma communities in a range of non-EU countries in Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Ukraine). To date, no reliable data is available, although there are reasons to suspect this minority group might be particularly vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic and of the measures implemented to contain it. 

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2020-06-12

ECMI Supports Black Lives Matter Movement

The Black Lives Matter movement is currently seeing unprecedented support across the globe. On June 6, rallies, marches and protests took place in cities and towns around the world, including here in Flensburg, just metres away from ECMI Headquarters. This movement addresses not only the problems of police violence against Black people in the US, but also systemic racism in state institutions internationally, including throughout Europe. This is a time when we must all confront the historical legacy of white supremacy as well as the contemporary reality of racism that besets many of the nations we live in.

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2020-06-11

The ECMI Spring School Took Place as a Two-Day Webinar

The ECMI held an interactive two-day webinar on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June, involving 18 university students of the MA European Studies and BA European Cultures and Society programmes of Europa-Universität Flensburg. The students are normally based in the Flensburg area but originating from across Europe and beyond. Thanks to the online webinar format of the Spring School, even the students who are currently back in their home countries unable to travel due to the COVID-19 related travel bans could fully participate in the event. 

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2020-06-03

Media Appearances by ECMI Staff

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has become a major focus of discussion in different public forums and media programmes. At the same time, it has shifted the attention of many organisations to the online space as the main platform for dissemination and communication. Staff at the ECMI have been invited to participate in a number of high-profile online events in order to comment on how the virus has affected national minorities.

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2020-05-26

ECMI Minorities Blog: Resolving Minority Language Disputes: A New Approach to Language Rights in Northern Ireland?

In diverse, post-conflict societies, the significance of language can reach far beyond heritage, identity, and culture. In Northern Ireland, a three-year political deadlock which paralysed the devolved Executive until an agreement, New Decade New Approach, was reached in January 2020, provides a clear example of what can happen when language becomes highly politicised. This blog piece looks at how language rights became a core point of contention in Northern Irish politics, what elements converged to make cross-party consensus possible, and how policy can support a much-needed new approach towards minority language rights.

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2020-05-18

Meeting with OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Lamberto Zannier

Continuing a series of introductory meetings with key strategic partners of the ECMI, Director Vello Pettai met on 13 May with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Amb. Lamberto Zannier. Although obliged to stick to a Flensburg-The Hague video conference due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was extremely productive, highlighting several key areas where the ECMI could contribute to the HCNM’s work both thematically and geographically.

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2020-05-11

ECMI Minorities Blog: Pandemics of Exclusion: The Scapegoating of the Roma in Romania

This blog post addresses the scapegoating of the Roma community in Romania during the Covid-19 pandemic, whereby this national minority is being directly blamed for the reckless spreading of the corona virus among the general population. After outlining some of the underlying psychological and psychosocial mechanisms of scapegoating, this piece argues that this instance of scapegoating is part of a wider phenomenon whereby this national minority has been consistently blamed for countless of the Romanian society’s ills. The conclusion of the blog post is that this constant scapegoating of the Roma community is constitutive of power strategies meant to uphold existing hierarchies, which underpin and reproduce the marginalisation of the Roma community.

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2020-05-06

Director confirms stronger regional focus during his inaugural visit to the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein and in front of the ECMI Executive Board

Despite the restrictions caused by COVID-19, the ECMI continues to work on various projects and future strategic and research planning. A new strengthened research area of the Centre focusing on minority issues in the German-Danish border region has been one of the priorities of the new director. Until recently, the ECMI statutes did not allow the Centre to research minority issues in the region in which it is based. The statutes have been recently changed by the founders so that this new research initiative can be developed. 

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2020-05-04

Call for Papers: Special issue of JEMIE / Abstract submission deadline extended!

We have extended the deadline for abstract submission for the special issue of JEMIE titled “Minorities, European Security and Securitisation of Group Relations: Approaching Security from a Minor Perspective”.

* * * Deadline for abstracts extended until 15th May 2020 * * *

The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal edited under the auspices of the ECMI. The multi-disciplinary journal addresses minority issues across a broad range of studies.

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2020-04-09

ECMI Minorities Blog: The Spanish Roma community in the time of coronavirus. A narrative perspective.

The idea of the present blog piece is to provide a reader with a snapshot of the narratives concerning the Spanish Roma community produced during the coronavirus pandemic in Spain. Sources analysed in this piece allow a claim that conspiracy theories and anti-Roma stereotypes are not absent in coronavirus-hit Spain. Such narratives are produced mostly spontaneously by prejudiced individuals, while in certain cases also the mainstream media are contributing to the promotion of the antigypsyist views. 

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2020-04-02

The 10th Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions – a joint initiative with Coppieters Foundation – is in the starting blocks

Even though COVID-19 is currently posing unprecedented challenges across Europe, we are still working on our Annual Summer School for 2020 and can proudly announce that the 10th Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions – a joint initiative with Coppieters Foundation – is in the starting blocks and is this year returning home to Flensburg, after two successful years in Brussels and Berlin.

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2020-03-30

ECMI Minorities Blog: Corona or Minority Crises?

The Corona Crisis affects us all. Almost silently the virus reached Europe a few weeks ago and today it is the most discussed topic in the media and in our society. Many questions have been raised: “How can I get to work?”, “What consequences does the virus have for my children and their schooling?” or “Is it still reasonable to visit my parents/ grandparents?” Not to mention the many pressing economic questions concerning the future of jobs and the security of livelihoods. One question, however, also shouldn’t be neglected: "What has been the effect of the corona crisis on minorities?"

This blog represents a collective effort by the staff at the ECMI to bring together a variety of information and observations as to how corona is impacting on minority lives, minority policies, cultural diversity and social harmony. 

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Prof. Dr. Vello Pettai

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Dr. Andreea Carstocea

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Dr. Ljubica Đorđević-Vidojković

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Dr. Marika Djolai

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Dr. Kyriaki Topidi

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Caitlin Boulter

Junior Research Associate

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Sonja Wolf

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Viktoria Aygül

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Aziz Berdiqulov

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Polina Sulima

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Craig Willis

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Leonie Hensel

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Roisin O’Mahony

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Stanislav Černega

International Communications Coordinator

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International Communications Coordinator / on maternity leave

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Murad Guliyev

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Adrian Zeqiri

Director ECMI Kosovo

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ECMI KYIV based representative, Ukraine

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