Martin Klatt

Assoc. Prof. Martin Klatt joined the ECMI in 2022 as Head of the Cluster “Danish-German Minority Issues”. He holds an BSc in Business from Hamburg School of Business Administration, an MA in History, Political Science and Nordic Languages from Christian Albrecht University in Kiel, and a PhD in history from University of Southern Denmark. He has researched nationalization processes, minority accommodation and cooperation in European border regions, with a strong focus on the Danish-German border region and its national minorities. Martin has been involved in several collaborative international research projects and research networks. In 2023-2026, he will be a coordinator of the Horizon Europe project Borders Shaping Perceptions of European Societies (B-SHAPES), in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark.

Prior to joining the ECMI, Martin worked as Associate Professor at the Centre for Border Region Studies, University of Southern Denmark. His previous scientific appointments had been at the Danish Institut for Border Region Studies, the Historic Department of the Danish Central Library for South Schleswig, and the Schleswig-Holstein Institute for Peace Research. Martin has lectured and taught different subjects within European Studies, Minority Studies, and Border Studies. He was previously a visiting professor at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and visiting lecturer at the Metropolitan University, Prague, the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, the University of Strasbourg and the University of Liberec, Czechia.

His research interests focus on nationalization and regionalization processes, management of diversity, and governance in border regions. As seen from his publication list, he has published broadly on the topic of border regions and minorities.

At the ECMI, Martin covers research, dissemination and cooperation with regional stakeholders on minority issues of the Danish-German border region.


Selected publications

Andersen, D. J., Klatt, M., & Sandberg, M. (Eds.). (2012). The Border Multiple. The Practicing of Borders between Public Policy and Everyday Life in a Re-Scaling Europe. Ashgate. ¨

Klatt, M., & Wassenberg, B. (Eds.). (2018). Secondary Foreign Policy in Local International Relations. Peace-Building and Reconciliation in Border Regions. Routledge.

Klatt, M. (2014). Minority Schools Financing in the Danish-German Border Region. European Yearbook of Minority Issues, 11(1), 359-375.

Jebsen, N., & Klatt, M. (2014). The Negotiation of National and Regional Identity During the Schleswig-Plebiscite Following the First World War. First World War Studies, 5(2), 181-211.

Klatt, M. (2017). Minorities as secondary foreign policy agents in peace-building and reconciliation? The case of Denmark and Germany. Regional & Federal Studies, 27(3), 239-259.

Klatt, M. (2019). Mobilization in crisis – demobilization in peace: protagonists of competing national movements in border regions. Studies on National Movements, 4, 30.

Klatt, M. (2020). The So-Called 2015 Migration Crisis and Euroscepticism in Border Regions: Facing Re-Bordering Trends in the Danish–German Borderlands. Geopolitics, 5(3), 567-586.

Klatt, M. (2021). Minority Political Parties - An Effective Means of Participation or a Trade Union Negotiator? The Example of the South Schleswig Voters' Association (Südschleswiger Wählerverband, SSW). In B. Vizi, B. Dobos, & N. Shikova (Eds.), Non-Territorial Autonomy as an Instrument for Effective Participation of Minorities (pp. 91-103). Centre for Social Sciences/University American College.

Tarvet, R., & Klatt, M. (2021). The impact of the Corona crisis on borderland living in the Danish-German border region with a special focus on the two national minorities. National Identities, 1-18.

Klatt, M. (2022). Schleswig and Non-Territorial Autonomy – The Territorial Trap? Nationalities Papers, 50(5), 906-922.

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