2020-04-09ECMI 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.
2020-04-02The 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.
2020-03-30ECMI 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.
2020-03-13Call for Papers for a special issue of JEMIE, a journal of the European Centre for Minority Issues
Special issue of JEMIE titled “Minorities, European Security and Securitisation of Group Relations: Approaching Security from a Minor Perspective”
Would it be interesting to you to contribute with a paper?
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.
2020-03-11ECMI Minorities Blog: The Symbolic Power of Place Names: Why having multilingual signs can be challenging?
The recently published Fifth Opinion on Denmark by the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) attracted remarkable attention in the Danish media and in the border region because it again pointed out the lack of bilingual signs in the four municipalities in Southern Jutland. Among four recommendations for immediate action, the Advisory Committee has urged the authorities to “create an environment conducive to the display of bilingual signs at the entrance of the four municipalities traditionally inhabited by a substantial number of persons belonging to the German minority”. The problem (absence) of bilingual signs is persistent in the Danish case, and interestingly enough it appears to be a major unresolved issue with regards to the protection of the German minority in Denmark.
2020-03-06The European Court of Human Rights, Non-Discrimination and Empowerment: Exploring Collective Dimensions
It is with great pleasure that the ECMI is welcoming Dr. Cornelia Klocker this week. Dr. Cornelia Klocker is currently a postdoctoral fellow within the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz, researching on non-discrimination, group empowerment and group rights in the context of the European Court of Human Rights.
2020-03-03Gaelic language not a hindrance to regional development in Scotland
In a recently published ECMI Research Paper, Craig Willis examines regional development at the council area level of Scotland, using the OECD Regional Wellbeing Index as a methodological framework.
2020-02-13Brandaktueller Kommentar von Professor Stefan Troebst anlässlich des deutsch-dänischen Grenzjubiläums
Professer Troebst war der erste Direktor des ECMI. Er startete mit der Gründung des Forschungszentrums 1996 in sein Amt. Heute ist er an der Universität Leipzig tätig. In seinem Interview mit Adelheid Feilcke (Deutsche Welle, Serbisches Programm, 12. Februar 2020) stellt Professor Troebst sich der Frage, ob die Lösung des deutsch-dänischen Grenzkonfliktes ein Modell für den Balkan sein kann.
2020-01-22ECMI supports GIZ project in Serbia with its Expertise in the Field of Roma & Education
2020-01-07ECMI Minorities Blog: A post-election update on the Brexit implications for Celtic Languages in the UK
Amongst all the Brexit noise there has been limited scrutiny on specific impacts, including from the angle of traditional native minority languages. This article aims to highlight potential future implications on Celtic languages that Brexit could have on themes related to: legal instruments, funding opportunities, regional economic impact, pan-European cooperation opportunities, and independence movements. In this, particular focus is given to potential short and long term implications of what still remains a hypothetical unknown phenomenon.
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2019-12-20Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from the ECMI!
2019-12-18ECMI Minorities Blog: Towards Evidence-Based Minority Policy: Processing of Ethnic Data and Monitoring the Quality of National Minority Protection
Collection of ethnic data is a tool and not a goal. It should be part of a systematic and carefully considered process throughout which the crucial questions on “what type of data or ethnicity and/or race are processed, using which definitions and for which purposes are they collected” are clarified.
2019-12-12Minorities in the Digital Age: ECMI conducts Expert Workshop