2020-11-02ECMI HQ during the Lockdown
Please note that following the partial lockdown measures adopted by the German authorities and the recommendation to work remotely, the ECMI Headquarters will be closed to external guests for the duration of the lockdown.
The majority of the employees will work remotely including the Secretariat.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the employees directly via email.
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,
2020-11-26How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected Minority Language Media (MLM)? The findings from a series of expert interviews
The present text summarises the findings of the series "Minority language media and the COVID-19 pandemic" which consists of expert interviews looking at the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on minority language media across Europe. The individual interviews in this series have been posted as 10 different pieces since July, featuring expert scholars and practitioners who focus on one specific linguistic sphere. This post provides an overview and comparative analysis of the series, which was divided into six different themes discussed for each case.
2020-11-10ENTAN Calls for Short Term Scientific Missions and Conference Grant Applications
ENTAN – European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network is a COST Action aimed at examining the concept of non-territorial autonomy (NTA).
The Network, which the ECMI is a part of, has recently published two calls for applications: Call for ‘Short Term Scientific Missions’ (STSM) and Call for Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) conference grant applications.
2020-10-30Minority language media and the COVID-19 pandemic – the case of Scottish Gaelic. An interview with Dr. Douglas Chalmers.
In our tenth and final expert interview in the series on minority language media and the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, we return to the British Isles for an in-depth analysis of Scottish Gaelic. Dr. Douglas Chalmers, Senior Lecturer in Media and Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University, provides a thorough overview of the situation for that linguistic sphere, in particular by focusing on the public service broadcasters BBC Alba and Radio nan Gàidheal.
2020-10-29Remote Internship Possibility for the Project 'Autonomy Arrangements in the World'
The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is currently looking for interns to assist remotely with the project Autonomy Arrangements in the World.
2020-10-26Minority language media and the COVID-19 pandemic – the case of German in Poland: An Interview with Rudolf Urban.
Our ninth interview on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on minority language media, features an interview with Rudolf Urban outlining the situation for the German minority in Poland. As editor-in-chief of the Wochenblatt.pl weekly newspaper, Rudolf is well-placed to provide insight into the situation in this linguistic sphere which also has radio, TV and a sizeable online presence. This interview highlights the new practices which the newspaper has had to adapt to, as well as outlining how the activities of the German minority had shifted to be mostly online.
2020-10-05ECMI Minorities Blog: The Impact of COVID-19 on Roma Communities in Non-EU Countries in Eastern Europe
The ECMI and the University of Leicester implemented the joint research project ‘Marginality on the Margins of Europe – The Impact of COVID-19 on Roma Communities in Non-EU Countries in Eastern Europe’. In this blog piece, authors present preliminary findings from the research, which show disproportionate negative impact of COVID-19 on Roma communities in all major areas of life (education, healthcare, employment, and housing) throughout the seven countries analysed.
2020-10-01ECMI at State Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein
On Wednesday, 30 October 2020, the ECMI Director Vello Pettai and Senior Researcher Ljubica Djordjević paid a visit to the State Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein. The ECMI was invited to participate in the meeting of the Committee for European Affairs (Committee for Federal and European Affairs, Cooperation in the Baltic Sea and North Sea Area, and Minorities).
2020-09-17Minority language media and the COVID-19 pandemic – the case of Frisian in the Netherlands: An Interview with Onno Falkena.
Returning to a non-kin state setting for our eighth interview in the ongoing series, Onno Falkena details the case of Frisian in the Netherlands. A seasoned journalist for regional public broadcaster Omrop Fryslân in the province of Fryslân / Friesland, Onno is well-positioned to provide first-hand experience of the situation during the lockdown months earlier this year.
2020-09-15ECMI Minorities Blog: A silent response from Central Asia about human- and minority rights violations in Xinjiang
Concerns about large-scale human and minority rights violations the Chinese state is continuously inflicting on the Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups are reported on almost daily bases across the world. Despite such developments, Central Asian states prefer to maintain positive relations with China, instead of confronting it over the human- and minority rights situation in Xinjiang. This blog piece aims to answer what the reasons behind their silent response are.
2020-09-08European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network’s (ENTAN) First Training School in Flensburg and Sønderborg
From 8-11 September 2020, ENTAN – The European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network (www.entan.org) will hold its first Training School in Flensburg and Sønderborg, co-organized by the Centre of Border Region Studies of the University of Southern Denmark, the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies at the Europa-Universität Flensburg.