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Research in transformation of minority conditions

The Politics & Civil Society Cluster aims at critically analyzing the social, political and economic dynamics that transform contemporary European societies and exert an impact on the opportunities and challenges faced by minority groups.

The Cluster is principally interested in exploring the patterns of civil society activism by looking at the agency of ethnic minority groups at the national and supranational levels.

The current social dynamics and further academic debates draw our attention to the necessity of thoroughly exploring a number of key issues at the crossroads of civil society activism and ethnic mobilization and integration.

In particular, it is vital to examine the new forms of minority political and social participation on national and supranational grounds and look at the emerging patterns and implications of minority groups’ participation in national public spheres.

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Secondly, studying the ways in which ethnic minorities take advantage of the opportunities offered by new technologies is essential to understand the agency of minority actors and the transforming effect of shifting social and political structures.

The Politics & Civil Society Cluster also contributes to the theoretical and empirical discussion on social networks. The Cluster examines the effects of minorities’ embeddedness in the transnational setting and the implications of distinct types of networks for ethnic political and social mobilization.

Last but not least, the research on ethnic dynamics cannot overlook the implications of the current widespread economic crisis for the situation of minority groups. Scholars have widely agreed that the flagging economy reinforces socio-economic inequality. It has been observed that economic recession augments social and economic vulnerability of groups deprived of large financial resources.

These burning issues exert a profound impact on minority-majority relations in Europe and thus demand undertaking extensive theoretical and empirical research by the Politics & Civil Society Cluster.

Head of Cluster

Sergiusz Bober

Team

Andreea Carstocea
Mariana Jimsheladze
Azizzhon Berdykulov

Affiliated Experts

David Galbreath
Reetta Toivanen
Gwendolyn Sasse
Leventa Salat

Cluster News

Dr. Sergiusz Bober presents on ethnic community recognition in Central Asia at the ESCAS Conference in Exeter, UK

Dr. Sergiusz Bober presents on ethnic community recognition in Central Asia at the ESCAS Conference in Exeter, UK

Last week, ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Sergiusz Bober presented a paper co-authored with ECMI Project Assistant Aziz Berdiqulov on the recognition/non-recognition/misrecognition of ethnic communities in Central Asia and Europe, during the 16th European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) Conference titled “The Globality of Central Asia” organized at the University of Exeter, UK.
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Three recent additions to the ECMI Working Paper series from internal ECMI researchers

Three recent additions to the ECMI Working Paper series from internal ECMI researchers

The ECMI published three Working Papers over the last few months, written by different members of the ECMI research team, covering varying topics both in terms of academic discipline and geographical focus.
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Call for papers: International conference “Minorities and Self-determination – 100th Anniversary of the Post-World War I Plebiscites” – 18-19 June 2020.

Call for papers: International conference “Minorities and Self-determination – 100th Anniversary of the Post-World War I Plebiscites” – 18-19 June 2020.

This one-time conference is co-organised by the ECMI and the Danish Central Library for South Schleswig (DCBIB), both located in Flensburg, Germany. The organisations are pleased to announce that the call for papers is now open, with a submission deadline of 15th October 2019.
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The ECMI and the University of Siena hosted an international workshop on data protection and collection

The ECMI and the University of Siena hosted an international workshop on data protection and collection

Data Protection Workshop at the ECMI:On May 28th and 29th, the ECMI hosted a workshop organised with the University of Siena as part of their Jean Monnet Project ‘Boosting European Security and Law’. In attendance were four scholars from the University of Siena as well as guest speakers from Serbia, Croatia and Hungary as well as the participation of four internal ECMI researchers.
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ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
Government
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State
Schleswig-Holstein