The Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions

In September 2011, the ECMI organised its first Summer School. Ever since, the Annual Summer School on National Minorities in Border Regions has been one of the fundamental annual activities of the European Centre for Minority Issues. Scholars, PhD- and Master`s students from various fields connected to Minority Studies are welcome to apply. The selected participants can participate in a unique one-week training course which brings international experts on Minority and Human Rights together. Standing under a specific umbrella theme each year, the Summer School features a number of varied excursions to different institutions of topical relevance as well as involving a series of lectures by renowned academics.

 

Summer School 2021

Minorities and the New Digital Paradigm

Context

The notion of a ‘new digital paradigm’ (NDP) has been with us for more than two decades. Digital spaces and online identities have become apervasive part of our social reality. In 2020, this trend was turbo-charged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has society’s online presence grown exponentially, but social activism has also been forced to move largely online. The communities present in online spacesare extremely diverse, and minorities are part of them. Minorities use online platforms not only for running minority language media or promoting their culture, but also for digital activism. For some marginalised groups, having an online voice and a digital platform sometimes can be the only way to talk about the challenges and mistreatment they face. Minorities can find it easier to mobilise via online channels, where there are less administrative barriers. However, the new digital paradigm also has a flip side - often minorities become targets of online hate speech and harmful actions, given the rise of right-wing populist politics and loose and fragmented legislation aimed at regulating online space. In 2021, the National Minorities in Border Regions Summer School will focus on online presence and the activism of minorities, the interlink between "offline" and "digital" identities andprovide a platform to analyse the challenges minorities face in a digital space.

Previous Summer Schools

Summer School 2019

9th Annual Summer School  on National Minorities in Border Regions

Topic: The Legacy of ’89: 30 years of redrawing borders and rethinking minorities

Dates and venue: 1 – 8 September 2019 / Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 

Joint initiative of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) and Coppieters Foundation.

Please find the Brochure (pdf) here. 

Summer School 2020

10th Annual Summer School  on National Minorities in Border Regions

Topic: Minorities and Referendums: Shaping or Being Shaped?

Dates and venue: 23 –30 August 2020 / Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig

Joint initiative of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) and Coppieters Foundation.

Please find the Brochure (pdf) here. 

Coordinators

Aziz Berdiqulov

Researcher

Further Information

The Summer School 2019 took place in Berlin - watch the video to get an impression!

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