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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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2020-03-19

Information on the Coronavirus

Please note that we have decided to close the ECMI headquarters in Flensburg until further notice; the majority of employees will work from home.

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2020-03-13

Call 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.

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2020-03-11

ECMI 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.

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2020-03-09

A warm welcome to our new Director!

As you might have heard already, the new ECMI Director took up his role at the beginning of March. Find below the interview which he gave to the SHZ a few days ago. 

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2020-03-06

The 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.

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2020-03-03

Gaelic 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.

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2020-02-13

Brandaktueller 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.

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2020-01-22

ECMI supports GIZ project in Serbia with its Expertise in the Field of Roma & Education
In the frames of the project Career guidance and counselling for vulnerable groups in Serbia, ECMI experts contributed to the brochure TALENTE ENTDECKEN & FÖRDERN (“Discovering and Supporting Talents”) published by the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ), the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Land Schleswig-Holstein.
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2020-01-07

ECMI 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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2020-01-03

Ein Brief mit Folgen...
Anlässlich des Todestages des ECMI Gründervaters und ehemaligen Grenzlandbeauftragten Kurt Hamer, möchten wir  Ihnen heute einen besonderen Brief  zeigen. Die folgenden Zeilen hat Kurt Hamer an den Ministerpräsidenten des Landes Schleswig-Holstein verfasst. Obwohl  der Brief  wegen des Todes von Kurt Hamer (03.01.1991) nicht mehr rechtzeitig abgeschickt werden konnte, haben seine Gedanken die Geschichte des europäischen Zentrums für Minderheiten maßgeblich beeinflusst
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2019-12-20

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from the ECMI!
The ECMI team says thank you to all our partners for a productive year 2018 and wishes all of you a wonderful holiday season and a peaceful new year.
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2019-12-18

ECMI 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.

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2019-12-12

Minorities in the Digital Age: ECMI conducts Expert Workshop
Honoured guests are today in the historic building of the ECMI headquarters. Today and tomorrow the experts will elaborate on Minorities and Digitalization: Minority Languages and Digital Media, Hate Speech, Freedom of Expression and Digital Media, Minority Media and Digitalization, Big data and Minority Protection – all these topics stand on the busy agenda of the intense two-days’ workshop.
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Prof. Dr. Vello Pettai

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Dr. Sergiusz Bober

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Dr. Ljubica Đorđević-Vidojković

Senior Research Associate

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Dr. Kyriaki Topidi

Senior Research Associate

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Dr. Marika Djolai

Senior Research Associate

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Caitlin Boulter

Junior Research Associate

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Sonja Wolf

Junior Research Associate/ on maternity leave

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Viktoria Aygül

Research Assistant/ on maternity leave

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Azizzhon Berdiqulov

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Polina Sulima

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Craig Willis

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Mariana Jimsheladze-Buschhardt

Library Coordinator/ on maternity leave

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Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen

Head of Secretariat

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Roisin O’Mahony

Secretarial Assistant

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Katharina Jürgensen

International Communications Coordinator

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Adrian Zeqiri

Director ECMI Kosovo

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ECMI KYIV based representative, Ukraine

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