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

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April 2020: Aktivitetshuset Flensborg – Norderstrasse 49, Flensburg


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
  • Friday 24th April – Sunday 26th April 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 30th March 2020.



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