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Call for papers. The war in Ukraine and its impact on ethno-religious minorities in the region

Our upcoming workshop will examine how the war affected Ukraine's ethno-religious minorities, their identities, religious and cultural practices, and value orientations. We invite abstracts focusing on the transformations in the life of ethno-religious minorities after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the war in Donbas, and, in particular, after the full-scale Russian offensive in February 2022. This project aims to produce a collective volume on the war in Ukraine and its impact on ethno-religious minorities in the region. We see its implementation as a two-stage process: an expert workshop in May 2023 and an edited volume in late 2023 or early 2024.

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ECMI Minorities Blog. 50 Years of South Tyrolean Autonomy

Andrea Carlà

With its second Statute of Autonomy, the Italian province of South Tyrol is usually considered a model for resolving ethnic conflicts. In the light of the 50th anniversary of the Statute, this blogpost aims at discussing the current status of South Tyrol’s autonomy and measures to protect the province’s German and Ladin-speaking population. In particular, the analysis focuses on the effects of the second Statute of Autonomy on the South Tyrolean population over the past five decades and the relationships between the linguistic groups. In bringing together a variety of research conducted on South Tyrol, the author highlights both the successful results in terms of peaceful cohabitation as well the limits and problematic aspects that still persist.

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2023: Serbia is calling. A new action-oriented project and the annual summer school ­both will take place in the Republic of Serbia

The initiative 'Minority Protection for EU Accession' is funded by the German development agency GIZ and will be carried out in close collaboration with the Serbian Ministry for Human and Minority Rights and other stakeholders. The Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions will take place in Belgrade from 27 August - 3 September 2023 and partner with the Institute of Social Sciences in Belgrade.

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ECMI Minorities Blog. National and Linguistic Minorities in the Context of Professional Football across Europe: Five Examples from Non-kin State Situations.

Craig Willis, Will Hughes & Sergiusz Bober

Football clubs are often analysed by scholars as ‘imagined communities’, for no fan of any team will ever meet, or even be aware of most of their fellow supporters on an individual level. They are also simultaneously one of the most tribal phenomena of the twenty-first century, comparable to religion in terms of the complexity of rituals, their rhythm and overall organizational intricacies, yet equally inseparable from economics and politics. Whilst, superficially, the events of sporting fixtures carry little political significance, for many of Europe’s national and linguistic minorities football fandom takes on an extra dimension of identity – on an individual and collective scale, acting as a defining differentiation from the majority society. This blogpost analyses five clubs from non-kin state settings, with the intention to assess how different aspects of minority identities affect their fan bases, communication policies and other practices.

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