ECMI Conversations with Experts

ECMI Conversations with Experts are a series of video interviews between a prominent expert in the field of minority issues and a researcher from the European Centre for Minority Issues. The interviews are linked to recent projects or events of the Centre and provide a deeper insight into the various topics.

Episode 1

Referendums and Ethnic Conflict (Prof. Matt Qvortrup)

The guest of the first episode is Matt Qvortrup, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Coventry University. Within political science, Prof. Qvortrup is known for his work on referendums – not only as a tool for direct democracy, but also as a political phenomenon, such as most recently a co-authored study on why and how autocratic rulers use referendums to prop up their regimes. He is interviewed by the ECMI Director Prof. Vello Pettai.

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Episode 2

Impact of COVID-19 on Roma (Dr. Iulius Rostas)

The guest of the second episode is Iulius Rostas, Visiting Professor at the National School of Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest, Romania, and member of the Pakiv Board of the The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture in Berlin, Germany. He was previously the Chair of Romani Studies/Assistant Professor at Central European University in Budapest and published extensively on Roma participation, Romani identity, Roma school desegregation, Romani movement and civil society. He is interviewed by the ECMI Senior Researcher Dr. Andreea Cârstocea.

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Episode 3

Ethnic Data Collection (Dr. Patrick Simon)

The guest of the third episode is Dr. Patrick Simon, Senior Researcher at the French Institute for Demographic Studies or INED. Dr. Simon is also the Head of the department INTEGER (integration and discrimination) at the Institute for Migration and and expert on ethno-racial statistics. He is interviewed by the ECMI Senior Researcher Dr. Ljubica Djordjević.

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Episode 4

Groups in Conflict and Crises in 2020 (Prof. James Ker-Lindsay)

The guest of the fourth episode is James Ker-Lindsay, visiting professor at the European Institute, London School of Economics and a research associate at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University. His research focuses on conflict, peace and security in South East Europe and on secession and recognition in international politics. As well as his academic works, he also has considerable practical experience working on peace processes. More recently, he was part of the British delegation at the UN-led Conference on Cyprus, in 2017. He’s also served as an advisor or consultant to a number of governments and international organisations, including the United Nations and Council of Europe. A strong believer in the importance of public engagement by the academic community, and the need to make knowledge accessible to wider audiences, he has his own YouTube channel exploring International Relations and Conflict Analysis. He is interviewed by the ECMI Senior Researcher Dr. Marika Djolai.

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Episode 5

Danish Minority and Its Self-Perception (Dr. Rejhan Bosnjak)

In this episode, ECMI Senior Researcher Dr. Sergiusz Bober interviews Dr. Rejhan Bosnjak. They discuss Bosnjak's latest book on the self-perception of the Danish minority in Germany. The book (in Danish) 'Danskhed under forandring: Det danske mindretals selvopfattelse' was published recently by University Press of Southern Denmark. Rejhan Bosnjak was born in 1986 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He came to Denmark as a refugee in 1992 with his parents and brother. He got his MA in History and the Study of Religions from the University of Southern Denmark in 2015. He was a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Denmark/Dansk Centralbibliotek focusing on the self-perception of the Danish Minority as seen from a contemporary perspective (the book is a modified version of the dissertation).

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Episode 6

Understanding Minority Integration (Dr. Jennie Schulze)

In this episode, ECMI Director Prof. Vello Pettai interviews Dr. Jennie Schulze. They discuss the broad contribution of Jennie Schulze to the field of minority studies. The first talk about the so-called “Conditionality Gap” in Estonia and Latvia, i.e. or the influence of the European Union’s conditionality policies in relation to ethnic minority inclusion during these countries accession process. Thereafter, they focus on a cross-national project called Towards the Integration of the European Second Generation. And lastly, they turn their attention to refugee integration, which is admittedly less linked to national minorities, but is clearly part of overall diversity management in our societies today.

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