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.
2021-06-30ECMI Conducted Training Workshop for Minority Organisations in Germany
Sharing knowledge and providing training in minority rights related issues is one of the main core activities of the ECMI. On 23-24 June the ECMI organised a training workshop for the minority organisations represented in the Minority Council (Minderheitenrat) in Germany. The workshop idea stemmed from the cooperation between the ECMI and the Minority Council (Minderheitenrat).
2021-06-24ECMI Minorities Blog. Unable to stay, nowhere to go: The hidden reality of LGBTIQ homelessness in the European Union
June Pride Month has been one of the most celebrated dates worldwide over the past years. From 1969 onwards, LGBTIQ minorities have taken over the streets across the world to make their voices and claims heard, and to fight for full equality. Although many achievements have been made since then, important gaps still remain to be addressed when it comes to LGBTIQ rights in the European Union. This blog post sheds light on the hidden issue of LGBTIQ homelessness and looks at how the political environment in the EU during recent years has further impacted already vulnerable sexual and gender minorities.
2021-06-14Busy Week for the ECMI Researchers
In spite of the fact that a significant number of academic events have been postponed or cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, our researchers do not just sit back and rest on their laurels. The research at the ECMI is still alive and shared with the interested audience during many online events such as online conferences, online talks, or online teaching modules. Networking and building partnerships, an inseparable part of the ECMI everyday life, has also moved to the online sphere and the ECMI keeps its presence at important high-level meetings where minority rights are discussed.
2021-06-06Workshop Schedule Continued with Minority Rights and Social Movements Workshop in May
One of the more neglected dimensions in the study of minority protection, and human rights more broadly, relates to the contribution of social movements in bringing about legal and social change to minority protection norms and mechanisms. To respond to this gap, ECMI hosted an expert online workshop on 20-21 May 2021, convened by the Cluster on Culture and Diversity discussing the connections, actors and legal approaches connecting minority rights standards and local activism based on ethno-cultural identity claims.
2021-06-03Online Talk "Can Minority Non-Territorial Autonomy Work in Practice?" Will Be Held on 9 June
The next online talk aims to explore potentials of non-territorial autonomy, core practical challenges, and prospects for better practical outreach (both widening and deepening) of the concept. It is structured around four main topics: the nexus/tension between the territorial and personal principles in the minority protection; labeling the concept as “autonomy”; membership; and competences: NTA institutions as minority agents.
2021-06-02Job Vacancy - Senior Researcher and Head of Cluster
The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for the position of Senior Researcher and Head of Cluster within the field of “Conflict and Security”.
2021-05-09Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Performance of National Minority Councils Took Place
On 21 April, the ECMI Cluster Justice & Governance organised a closed workshop on exploring possibilities for monitoring and evaluation of performance (functionality and/or impact) of the national minority councils in five countries: Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia. The workshop reflects the Cluster’s continuous work on institutional setups for minority participation in public affairs, and complements the Cluster’s activities in two projects: COST Action ENTAN and the “Autonomy Arrangements in the World”.
2021-03-21Online Talk "Covid-19: Securitisation, Minorities, Diversity" Will Be Live on 7 April 2021
We are inviting you to join our distinguished international panel of experts discussing securitisation of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on minorities and diversity from an interdisciplinary perspective.
2021-03-15ECMI Support for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship Applications
The ECMI welcomes potential applicants for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships under its 2021 strategic focus “Minority challenges in the digital age”. The ECMI is developing new insights into how the digital evolution in our societies has impacted individuals and groups belonging to minorities in many understudied ways.
2021-03-03One Year Anniversary: Reflections from the Director
Amid all the adjustments in our private and professional lives brought about by the pandemic in the past year, the ECMI has gone through its own significant changes. One of the most important ones was a change in the leadership. A new ECMI era began in March last year when Prof. Vello Pettai became the ECMI Director. On the occasion of his one year in office, Prof. Pettai writes a few words to reflect on this period.
2020-12-15ECMI Minorities Blog. Hate to the Extreme(s): The Distorted Uses of Religion and Culture in Europe
We live in unsettled and challenging times: apart from the unprecedented situation that the pandemic is imposing on humanity, we are at the same time struggling with manifestations of extreme hate in multiple settings, though not unrelated ones. This post explores how two, very different at the outset, manifestations of extreme hate, namely far—right and Islamist extremism, may be relying and reinforcing each other.
2020-12-14Commissioned Project of the Schleswig-Holstein State Chancellery Kicked Off
The ECMI supports Prof. Dr. John Siegel (Universität Potsdam) and Prof. Dr. Markus Seyfried (Hochschule für Polizei und öffentliche Verwaltung NRW) in their evaluation of the Schleswig-Holstein law on the promotion of the national minorities.
Das ECMI unterstützt Prof. Dr. John Siegel (Universität Potsdam) und Prof. Dr. Markus Seyfried (Hochschule für Polizei und öffentliche Verwaltung NRW) bei ihrer Evaluation des Gesetzes zur Stärkung der Nationalen Minderheiten in Schleswig-Holstein.
2020-12-09ECMI Minorities Blog: Armenia-Azerbaijan at War and New Uncertainties for the Minorities of Nagorno-Karabakh
Fresh violence broke out in the Nagorno-Karabakh region on 27 September this year with drastic consequences. Notwithstanding exchange of territories, the future of Armenians and Azeri people of Karabakh remains uncertain with regards to their rights and who will guarantee them. We analyse the reasons alongside its protracted instability.
2020-12-04JEMIE Call for Papers - Deadline Extended to 15 January
Next deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 January 2021.
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,