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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

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 Senior Research Associate Sergiusz Bober presenting at ASEN Conference in Edinburgh on Danish and German minorities in regional development.

ECMI Senior Research Associate Sergiusz Bober presenting at ASEN Conference in Edinburgh on Danish and German minorities in regional development.

Our head of Politics and Civil Society cluster, Dr. Sergiusz Bober, presents at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) in Edinburgh, Scotland tomorrow.
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ECMI Director attends the roundtable of the Citizens' Accord Forum in Jerusalem

ECMI Director attends the roundtable of the Citizens' Accord Forum in Jerusalem

This week ECMI Director Prof. Malloy travelled to Jerusalem to attend the international roundtable organised by the Citizens' Accord Forum (CAF).

The forum was established in 2001, and its aim is to build a shared society through a sustainable democracy, and to create mutual responsibility and equal opportunity among all citizens of Israel. The Forum works to mend rifts between groups in conflict by building bridges, encouraging constructive engagement, and promoting and empowering civic leadership. CAF focuses on ordinary citizens, decision-makers and specifically addresses groups that are generally excluded from the national discourse on social issues, i.e. ultra-Orthodox Jews and traditional Arab women.

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