Call for Papers for Global Autonomy Network Group (GANG) Workshop: "Navigating Change. The Resilience of Territorial Autonomy"


Convenors: Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark (The Åland Islands Peace Institute & Åbo Akademi University) & Felix Schulte (European Centre for Minority Issues)

We are delighted to announce the next workshop of the Global Autonomy Network Group (GANG) on Navigating Change. The Resilience of Territorial Autonomy, which will take place at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg, Germany, on 13-14 June 2024.

  • What makes territorial autonomy, established to accommodate diverse cultural, linguistic, or ethnic groups, diverse regional needs, or to regulate conflicts, resilient to emerging challenges?
  • What factors contribute to the resilience of well-established territorial autonomies or newly implemented autonomy arrangements in peace as well as in post-conflict conditions?
  • How is the need for continuity and for change balanced?
  • How can resilience be conceptually and empirically captured in the specific context of territorial autonomy?

We seek research papers focusing on topics broadly relating to these questions. Our preference is for works that showcase original and innovative theoretical, empirical and/or methodological approaches. We welcome submissions from various disciplines, including, but not limited to, political science, conflict studies, sociology, and law.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 January 2024. We invite authors to submit their abstracts (max. 300 words) or full papers, along with a brief bio (max half a page), to and Selected papers will be presented at the workshop and considered for publication in a special issue or edited volume.

We extend a special invitation to female researchers and researchers with minority backgrounds to submit their abstracts.

Selected participants will be notified by end-February 2024. Draft papers are expected to be submitted and shall be made available for all participants by 1 June, 2024.

The workshop will be conducted in English. Costs for accommodation and travel are covered.

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