Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal <p>The <em>Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe</em> (JEMIE) is a peer-reviewed electronic open access journal edited under the auspices of the <em>European Centre for Minority Issues</em> (ECMI). It is designed as a multi-disciplinary journal which addresses minority issues from a variety of perspectives, including ethnopolitics, democratization, conflict and diversity management, good governance, minority and human rights as well participation. It also covers comparative analyses of current developments in minority-majority relations in Europe and beyond.</p> en-US topidi@ecmi.de (Kyriaki Topidi) willis@ecmi.de (Craig Willis) Sun, 26 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200 OJS 3.3.0.8 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 From Community Autonomy in Hungary to Indigenous Self-Determination in the Outback of Australia: Can Non-Territorial Autonomy Find Traction Down Under? https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/15 <p style="text-align: justify;">Hungary has, during the past three decades, developed what could arguably be described as one of the most advanced institutional systems of non-territorial autonomy in the world. Being so advanced does not of course mean the system is perfect or beyond criticism. But it does provide potentially useful insights into how non-territorial autonomy can or cannot work in practice. This article reflects on the institutional design of Hungary and asks whether principles can be identified that may be employed by indigenous groups in Australia and beyond in their search for a form of self-government. The theory and practice of non-territorial autonomy has so far been the focus of experts predominately from Central and Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation. This article considers whether any insight can be gained to apply the principles of non-territorial autonomy to other jurisdictions. The institutional design in place in Hungary may offer useful insight into how indigenous communities, particular some Aboriginal communities in Australia, may be bestowed with legal powers as a community to make decisions of a cultural and linguistic nature and to cooperate via the legal entity with local and state authorities. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples refers to selfdetermination and autonomy without placing those terms into a specific set of institutional arrangements. Whereas non-territorial autonomy may not be suitable for all communities, this article contends that non-territorial arrangements may offer an opportunity for self-government to indigenous (and other) communities that share a strong sense of identity; that do not have a geographical base where they constitute the majority; and where a communal desire for a form of self-government in public law exists.</p> Bertus de Villiers Copyright (c) 2021 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/15 Mon, 27 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200 What Are Karelians Made of, RuNet? https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/16 <p style="text-align: justify;">The social construction of the concepts of Karelian people, culture, and land develops in temporal flux. In the 2010s, the expansion of internet usage empowered previously unheard voices engaging these concepts in Russia. In this article, Russian-language internet discussions are used to find out how the state of Karelianness was negotiated in Russian-language internet (RuNet) discussions in the 2010s. My research distinguishes how manifestations of (sub)national identifications were dialectically approved and disapproved in accordance with nationalism discourses that I codify as civic, regionalist, and ethnic. The discussions show how the territory of the Republic of Karelia defines the boundaries within which manifestations of Karelianness are considered. Moreover, they depict the critique and rejection of issues such as Karelian culture, language, and descent due to their perceived juxtaposition against Russianness.</p> Teemu Oivo Copyright (c) 2021 Teemu Oivo https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/16 Mon, 27 Sep 2021 00:00:00 +0200 Ceramic Frogs: A Form of Indirect Discrimination Against Roma https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/18 <p>This article analyses a peculiar practice that exists in Portugal, which consists of displaying ceramic frogs at the entrance of shops and restaurants in order to keep Roma customers away—taking advantage of the negative connotation of frogs in the Romani tradition. Aiming to contribute to the discussion of a topic that is not widely explored in literature, this research looks at the use of ceramic frogs from the perspective of International Human Rights Law, based on descriptive legal and factual analysis. The view presented here is that this practice is an indirect form of discrimination in the access to places open to the public, and that the Portuguese state is currently breaching its international obligations to protect and fulfil that right, under Articles 2 and 5(f) ICERD. Furthermore, this paper explores the relation of this practice with the prohibition of apartheid and segregation, under Article 3 ICERD, as well as its roots in antigypsyism, systemic racism, and other interdisciplinary concepts. In that respect, this research finds that, by allowing this practice to persist, the Portuguese state is breaching its obligations under Article 3 ICERD. This article ends by trying to contribute to possible legislative and policy solutions to this problem</p> Isabel P. Meireles Copyright (c) 2021 Isabel P. Meireles https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/18 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Media Language Planning During a Pandemic – the Influence of Covid-19 on Language Recommendations to Swedish Media in Finland https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/22 <p style="text-align: justify;">A global crisis, like the Covid-19 pandemic, can change not only societies but also languages by a great input of new terminology. For speakers of a minority language, media is in a key position to provide them with these new words in their own language. In the case of Finland-Swedish, the Swedish media in Finland is helped by professional language advisers in this language planning task. This study analyses the media language management in Finland-Swedish media, through a content analysis of language recommendations published between February 2020 and April 2021, as well as interviews with media language advisers. The analysis shows that about a quarter of the language recommendations published during these 15 months are coronavirus-related. The topics in the recommendations follow the development of the outbreak in Finland, showing how closely the language advisers work with the news organizations. Contrary to normal situations, the Finland-Swedish media language advisers could not fully rely on the language recommendations from Sweden, due to their different Covid-19 strategies. Instead, the norm authorities were experts in ministries and official institutions, illustrating how language planning is done collectively. The Finland-Swedish journalists rely heavily on the media language recommendations, showing a certain linguistic insecurity, which according to Muhr (2012) is typical for speakers of non-dominant varieties of a pluricentric language.</p> Jenny Stenberg-Sirén Copyright (c) 2021 Jenny Stenberg-Sirén https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/22 Mon, 13 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Facing Post-Communist Religiosity: Questioning And Shifting Religious Identity Among Yezidi Women From Armenia and Georgia https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/23 <p>This paper aims to understand the post-Communist religious transformations that determine the process of questioning and shifting religious identity among Yezidi women from Armenia and Georgia. We discuss gender and religiosity in relation to the internal and external social and political context as influenced by Soviet atheism. The status of women among Yezidis is constructed by traditional religious norms and societal structures, which are influenced by the ideological politics (Communism, post-Communism) of the state of residence. Our findings show that Yezidis, like other religious communities in post-Soviet Armenia and Georgia, are actively involved in the institutionalization of religious norms. The institutionalization of religion within transitive society seems to have the potential to lead to a decline in trust, resulting in the establishment of new institutions, the separation of personal attribution and religious normative practices, and serves as a catalyst for questioning and changing religious identity. In particular, the article aims to understand how post-Communist religious transformations have re/shaped the identity of Yezidi women from Georgia and Armenia, as well as how the internal and external social contexts impact this course of action. We argue that changing political ideologies (Communism, which granted rights to Yezidi women), the pluralization of religiosity, and the systematization of religious norms pushed Yezidi women to question their religious identity, which was permitted after the disintegration of the Soviet Union and circulates the social norms (caste system, religious restrictions, the status of women) of Yezidism.</p> Boris Komakhidze, Sayedehnasim Fatemi Copyright (c) 2021 Boris Komakhidze, Sayedehnasim Fatemi https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/23 Mon, 13 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Book review: The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/25 <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Craig Willis Copyright (c) 2021 Craig Willis https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 https://www.ecmi.de/JEMIE/index.php/journal/article/view/25 Mon, 13 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0100