ECMI holds the multidisciplinary conference 'Adjusting to Europe: Institutional Legacies of Communism and Ethnocultural Diversity'

European Centre for Minority Issues has organised the conference 'Adjusting to Europe: Institutional Legacies of Communism and Ethnocultural Diversity'. The conference held on 29-30 August 2011 was hosted by the Vitautas Magnus University at Kaunas, Lithuania and funded by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Baltic Office).

The conference sought to raise questions about the role of communist institutional and ideological legacies in contemporary European minority politics. Institutional dynamics inherited from the Communist nationalities policies have barely been in a focus of academic interest. The conference asks how institutional legacies of the past impact on policies supporting minority communities in the new Europe since a range of the formerly communist states have now joined the European Union. Twenty years following the demise of 'real socialism' and its nationalities policies, we ask how the European political institutions reflect the experiences of the communist era and how and to what extent the institutional dynamics are reflected in the EU relations with its postcommunist neighbours.

The conference brought together young and established scholars from Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Poland and the UK working on issues pertaining to contemporary ethnic policies in postcommunist states. The conference featured five panels in which 16 speakers addressed ideologies of minority protection, institutional impact of the communist past, contemporary social cohesion, social mobility and political activism.

Place and date: Kaunas, Lithuania, 29-30 August 2011
For further information, please contact: Alexander Osipov, osipov [a] ecmi.de

ECMI founders:

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