ECMI Spring School: Minorities and Ethnopolitical Situations in Europe - Call for Applications

Aktivitetshuset Flensborg – Norderstrasse 49, Flensburg

***Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the lockdown in Schleswig-Holstein and indeed much of Europe, the ECMI has taken the decision to postpone the upcoming Spring School originally scheduled for 24-26 April. The new dates for the Spring School will be Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2020.

As a contingency plan, we will also be developing an alternative webinar format to teach online through Zoom or Microsoft Teams, in the event that the June dates also cannot physically take place. In the event of online classes, we would waive the €15 participation fee (We will not require any advance payment from you before June 5th).***





Europe is comprised of not only a range of nation-states, but also an array of ethnic minorities within those countries. This course will profile the different ethnopolitical situations, in which these minorities find themselves, meaning the historical and political paths by which they came to be a part of different national political systems. While European conventions for minority rights protection in Europe are strong, this does not mean that all ethnic groups on the continent have equal political standing or footing. The ethnopolitical situation of an ethnic group depends on its historical, economic and social background. This course will lay out the different situations in which European minorities and ethnic groups find themselves.

The topics of the course will include: Ethnicity, nationalism and ethnopolitics; Ethnopolitical situations as concept; Ethnopolitical situations in Europe. The latter will cover empirical examples which are likely to include: Danish in Germany, Germans in Denmark, Russians in Estonia/Latvia, Germans in Poland, Roma minorities across Europe, Hungarians in Central Europe, ethnicity issues in Central Asia, and more.

The programme will feature many of the ECMI’s researchers who specialise in minority issues across Europe, to provide empirical case studies (as suggested above) that move beyond textbook theory. In addition to formal lectures, seminar and workshop activities will feature, including through the medium of non-formal education methods such as debate formats and role-play activities.

Benefits for Participants
  • Extra-curricular activity with an official certificate of attendance;
  • Gaining empirical knowledge of Europe’s linguistic and cultural diversity;
  • Listen to and interact with lecturers from across Europe;
  • Experience of an internationally renowned institution.
Where and When
  • The Spring School was originally planned Friday 24th April – Sunday 26th April 2020. The new dates are Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2020
  • Aktivitetshuset Flensborg, Norderstrasse 49
  • €15 participation fee is required (this covers lunch and refreshments)
Application/ Registration Process
  • The ECMI Spring School is limited to 25 places for Europa-Universität Flensburg students. Accordingly, students will be selected based on their motivation and experience.
  • To apply, please complete the application template and return by email ( with your updated CV attached. The application deadline is Monday 16th March 2020.
  • Selected students will be notified of their acceptance by Monday 23rd March 2020. The 15€ participation fee will need to be paid by Monday Friday 3rd April 2020.


      Dr. Andreea Carstocea

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