ECMI Summer School 2013

ECMI hosted 29 young scholars and practitioners from 21 different countries for the Summer School 2013 between 19-29 August.The participants were awarded the diplommas at the Flensburg City Hall by the City President.

14 participants from Eastern and South Eastern Europe and Caucasus were funded within the scholarship scheme of the project "Raising awareness of border regions conflict dynamics". The project was funded by the Bosch Stiftung. More information on the project.

The programme was divided into several thematic parts :

  • Introduction to the Minority Rights and Border Region Studies;
  • German-Danish Border region;
  • Minority participation;
  • Case studies of Tension Borders;
  • Case studies of Conflict Borders;
  • Case studies of Language Borders;
  • Case studies of Autonomy Borders;
  • Interactive workshops on conflict resolution.

The detailed list of the activities is presented below:

Keynote Speeches

The History of the Danish German Border region
Joergen Kuhl, ECMI Executive Board

National Minorities in Europe
Jennifer Jackson Preece, LSE

ENRI Project Management
Alexander Chvorostov, CEASS

Panel Discussions

Minority Participation in Border Region
Moderator: Alexander Osipov, ECMI

Young People and Politics
Moderator: Jørgen Kühl, ECMI Executive Board


Interactive Workshop on Northern Kosovo case
Jeremie Zeitoun and Lars Burema, ECMI Kosovo

Workshop on Conflict Management
Scott Jones, Mind the Gap


European Minority Rights Regime and Europe’s Borderlands
David Galbreath, University of Bath 

European Minority Rights Law
Giorgi Sordia, ECMI Caucasus

Minority Participation (Legal aspects)
Annelies Verstichel, KU Leuven

Minority Participation
Andreea Carstocea, ECMI 

Ownership of minority rights and participation
Zora Popova, ECMI

Participation by Minority Language Users in Social Media
Niamh Ni Bhroin, University of Oslo

Belarus- Lithuanian – Polish Borderland
Hanna Vasilevich, ECMI

Estonian-Russian Borderland
Alexander Osipov, ECMI

Case: Turkey-Bulgaria
Tatyana Dronzina, University of Sophia

Borders, Minorities and Conflicts: The Balkan Area
Hans Georg Heinrich, ENRI 

The Political Forge of Independence: The Role of Ruling Elite in South Ossetia’s Movement for Self-Determination
Forrest Kilimnik, ECMI

Case of Northern Kosovo
Lars Burema, Jeremie Zeitoun, ECMI Kosovo

Minority Participation in German-Danish Border Region
Adrian Shäfer-Rolffs, University of Hamburg 

Economy in the Border Region
Michael Schack, IHK Flensburg (Chambers of Commerce)

International Minority Mobilization
Jan Diedrichsen, FUEN

Minority Language Rights
Kiryl Kascian, University of Bremen 

Hungary/Slovakia: Hungary’s Kin-State Politics After 2010
Zoltan Kantor, Research Institute on Hungarian Communities Abroad

Slovenia and Its Borderlands: Living with the Borders
Jernej Zupančič, University of Ljubljana

Continuity and Change in Autonomy Arrangements – The Åland Example
Sarah Stephan, the Ǻland Islands Peace Institute  

The Autonomy of South Tyrol: From Conflict to Self-governance and Power Sharing
Sergiu Constantin, EURAC

The Case of  Basque Countries
Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez, University of Deusto

Other activities

Movie Screening: Romani Asylum Seekers "Never Come Back"
Joint Event with Summer School Participants from University of Flensburg and University of Southern Denmark
Moderator: Osama Salem, University of Flensburg

Study visit
Participants and the organizers visited the island of Foehr and were introduced to the Frisian cultural and historical issues. The study visit was financially supported by the Regional Government of Schleswig Holstein.

Group projects
As part of the Summer School 2013, participants were divided into four groups prior to their arrival. The students submitted the summaries within their topics which were discussed during the the Summer School within the groups. The group members presented jointly on the last day of the summer school. The topics included:

Group 1:Ethnic rhetorics in political elections:
              Student summaries;      Group Presentation;      

Group 2:Educational system and minorities:
              Student summaries;      Group Presentation

Group 3: Silent conflicts vs. hot topics:
              Student summaries;      Group Presentation

Group 4: Real and imagined borders:
              Student summaries;      Group Presentation

Developing the sustainable network
Participants of the Summer School 2013 will publish bi-monthly newsletters within one year after the summer school as part of the Alumni Network.

Newsletter #1

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