ECMI seeks non-resident interns

ECMI-AnnouncementsWithin the frameworks of the “Media & Diversity” research project of Culture and Diversity cluster, ECMI offers additional places in the non-resident internship programme aiming at finding qualified volunteers to support the ECMI research team over the period November 2014 – March 2015. Deadline: 01 November 2014.

Since not all media outlets have online versions and some of the research activities might require work in public libraries or archives, ECMI seeks non-resident interns. Interns will be expected to work from their home countries or from the countries where they currently reside. Fluency in one or more of the minority languages used in that particular country, would be considered an asset.

The main task of the interns will be to assist the principal investigator Dr. Zora Popova, Head of ECMI Cluster Culture and Diversity in data gathering and processing of information.

The specific focus of this call falls on the coverage of minority issues in times of elections. Therefore the goal of the second phase of the research is to collect and analyze data from the pre- and post- EU elections period (May 2014) as well as from the respective last national and local elections in the particular country of residence of the interns.

Recognition of internship

Upon their successful performance, interns with be provided with all the necessary documents certifying completion of a full-time 3-month-internship with ECMI. If intern needs to cover a longer period, such can be agreed on an individual basis. Letters of recommendation will also be provided when the research output presented in the end of the internship meets the required standards. All additional issues will be discussed and agreed on an individual basis.

Unfortunately, the ECMI Media & Diversity internship programme does not offer remuneration but it offers a non-resident opportunity entailing no additional costs and time-flexibility.

ECMI believes that the non-resident format will suit students and young professionals who are interested in gaining practical research experience, in developing their professional skills under the methodological guidance of the ECMI experts and in the possibility for publishing their research findings with ECMI. Successful interns will become a part of the ECMI Interns Network and will be considered for further ECMI initiatives and research opportunities as ECMI field media experts.

Application Process

Application by electronic mail only; no phone calls accepted.

Interested applicants should submit an application via email with the reference in the subject line “Media & Diversity Internship CALL 2”, containing as attachments:

  1. Cover Letter, including the following details:
  • Applicants must indicate clearly the country they would like to cover if accepted. Candidates are allowed to indicate more than one country in their order of preferences
  • Applicants must indicate their language skills and level of fluency
  • Please specify the preferred starting date
  • Please explain your motivation (350 words max!)
  • Please provide names and contact details (including e-mail addresses) of two referees

2. Curriculum Vitae (indicating clearly prior research experience)

Emails should be sent to: Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen at hansen@ecmi.de

Application deadline: 1 November 2014

See further information about:

ECMI Internship Programme

List of Current Interns at ECMI

Media and Diversity Project 

Cluster Culture and Diversity

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ECMI Panel in Bern attracts Swiss media

ECMI Links and CommentsThe ECMI panel at the International Conference organized at the University of Bern featured in Swiss media. The article in Berner Zeitung (BZ) focused on the presentation delivered by Hanna Vasilevich and gave an overview of political dynamics in Gagauzia.

On 9-11 October 2014 the ECMI panel presented at the International Conference “Self-Determination in Europe: Contemporary Challenges of Minorities in Multinational States” in Bern, Switzerland. The conference was organized by the Cultural Geography Research Group at the Department of Geography of the University of Bern.

At the conference the ECMI was represented by Ms. Hanna Vasilevich. Ms. Vasilevich presented the Case of Transnistria: a geopolitical challenge within a changed regional status quo. Other presentations of the panel included:

Berner Zeitung October 11 issue featured an article on Gagauzia and talked about the presentation by Ms. Hanna Vasilevich. The article outlines the impact of the current situation in Ukraine on Gagauzia and Moldova in general. To the question why Moldova does not accept the secession of Transnistria, Ms Vasilevich replied by referring to Moldova’s fear of the “domino effect”. The article mentions that while Moldova signed the EU Association Agreement in June, there is strong support for Russia among the majority of the population in Gagauzia and Transnistria. While in Gagauzia the answer appears to be clear, Moldova is currently facing the big question: West or East?

Hanna Vasilevich is a Project research Associate at ECMI. While contributing to the Clusters Politics&Civil Society and Justice&Governance, she is also coordinating the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP).

About ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP):

EPP encompasses Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine – countries that face various challenges and also have numerous achievements in the accommodation and governance of their ethnic and linguistic diversity. The programme is to be implemented throughout 2014-2017 and is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

The EPP’s goal is to enhance governance and to advance state policies on the prevention of ethnic discrimination and on the mainstreaming of national minorities issues according to European best practices in the target countries.

The EPP objectives are:

awareness-raising and capacity-building of public bodies in charge of diversity and equality management, consultative and advisory bodies on minority issues

  • dissemination and transfer of information and know-how both on European standards and good practices through training, networking and dissemination.

The programme objectives are achieved by the means of trans-regional thematically-focused training seminars, by facilitating networking of public and civil society institutions and by joint activities aimed at monitoring and drafting thematic reports on the EPP focal issues.

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ECMI Report #66 online

RomaThe ECMI Roma Workshop 2014 is recorded in ECMI Report #66. The report is now available online.

Roma Policies for a Positive Change: from Inclusion towards Empowerment was the topic of a two-day workshop organized end of March 2014 in Flensburg by the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). Gathering policy researchers and practitioners, the event aimed at addressing the state of the art of policy-making for Roma in Europe and at providing an open platform for discussions about the ways forward.

Taking the state of affairs into account,  the main objective of the workshop was to gather practitioners and scholars in a structured debate about the reasons behind the limited success of Roma inclusion policies and measures and to reflect about possible ways that those challenges could be addressed and overcome. The workshop examined: (1) The EU Roma inclusion project; (2) Roma policies in a critical perspective; and (3) Institutional approaches to issues related to Roma. Dr. Zora Popova has presented  the discussions and the presentations from the workshop in the ECMI Report #66. 

Dr. Zora Popova is a Senior Research Associate at the ECMI and heads the cluster Culture&Diversity.

See also:

Shortcuts to Roma rights, policy, and sources: ECMI fact sheets issued

ECMI Working Paper #75 released: Roma Inclusion: A Feasible EU Project? by Dr Zora Popova 

ECMI Issue Brief #31 released: The Situation of Roma between Human Rights and Economics by Dr. Eben Friedman

ECMI Working Paper #73 released: Education in Member State Submissions under the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies by Dr. Eben Friedman

 

 

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New JEMIE online: Volume 13, Issue 4

Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe

Volume 13, Issue 4, 2014 of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) is now online. This general JEMIE issue, including articles on a selection of topics is available for download on ECMI publications’ page.

The last JEMIE issue for the year 2014 includes five articles on various topics within the areas of ethnopolitics and minority issues:

  • Nora Fellag (Mercer County Community College, USA), in her article on the integration of French North Africans into contemporary French society, discusses the fact that Islam is routinely seen as the main identity marker for French Maghrebi communities.

Download the article by Nora Fellag, The Muslim Label: How French North Africans Have Become “Muslims” and not “Citizens”

  • Discussing “Hybrid” linguistic Identity of Post-Soviet Belarus, Nelly Bekus (University of Exeter, UK) explores two different dimensions: as an element of the nation-building strategy in post-Soviet Belarus; and as part of a linguistic human rights discourse, which refers to legal, moral as well as emotional aspects of current Belarusian language legislation and practice.

Download the article by Nelly Bekus, “Hybrid” Linguistic Identity of Post-Soviet Belarus

  • Continuing with the topic of linguistic policies, the article by Hèctor Alòs i Font (Chuvash State Institute of Humanities, Russia) outlines the situation of the Chuvash language in the education system of the Republic of Chuvashia (Russian Federation) and its evolution since the end of the Soviet period.

Download the article by Hèctor Alòs i Font, Chuvash Language in Chuvashia’s Instruction System: An Example of Educational Language Policies in Post-Soviet Russia

  • Adem Beha (University of Prishtina, Kosovo) discusses minority rights in Kosovo: the legal entrenchment of ‘group-differentiated rights’ for minority communities in Kosovo in light of shortcomings in their implementation.

Download the article by Adem Beha, Minority Rights: An Opportunity for Adjustment of Ethnic Relations in Kosovo?

  • The last paper of the issue, by Dora Komnenović (Justus Liebig University, Germany), analyses anti-war activism in Croatia, organized around the Anti-War Campaign (AWC) and its subsequent transformation(s).

Download the article by Dora Komnenović, (Out)living the War: Anti-War Activism in Croatia in the Early 1990s and Beyond

  • Finally, this JEMIE issue includes: a commentary by Tomas Kamusella (on the ‘polonisation’ of Poland and its effect on linguistic minorities) and a book review by Andreea Racles.

Download a commentary by Tomas Kamusella

Download a book review by Andreea Racles

Facts: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE)

Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal edited under the auspices of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI).

JEMIE is a multi-disciplinary journal which addresses minority issues across a broad range of studies, such as ethnopolitics, democratization, conflict management, good governance, participation, minority issues and minority rights.

It is devoted to comparative analyses of current developments in minority-majority relations in the wider Europe. JEMIE seeks to publish critical analyses of policies and developments in European institutions and member states, their relations with the countries of the European neighborhood and other immediate neighbors. Contributions on non-European perspectives on ethnopolitics in the wider Europe and on minority issues applicable to the wider global context are also welcome.

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ECMI Working Paper #81 released

ECMI PublicationsAnti-semitism in Romania: historical legacies, contemporary challenges by ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Raul Cârstocea is now issued as ECMI Working Paper #81.

In the article Dr. Raul Cârstocea offers a brief survey of the modes of manifestation of anti-Semitism in Romania, from the time of the establishment of the state in the 19th century and until present day. While aware of the inherent limitations of attempting to carry out such an endeavour in the space of a short article, he believes that adopting such a broad historical perspective allows for observing patterns of continuity and change that could help explain some of the peculiarities of the Romanian varieties of anti-Semitism, as well as draw attention to the importance of a phenomenon that was central (albeit to varying degrees in different historical periods) to Romania’s modern history, and that is still visible in the country today. In doing so, the author aims both to provide a survey of the existing literature on the subject for the English-speaking audience, as well as to point out some of the gaps in the literature which call for further research on the
subject.

Finally, while the article will be limited to the case -study of Romania, some of
the patterns of prejudice explored in its pages display clear parallels with the situati on
in other countries in Central and Eastern Europe, while others point to context-specific particularities that render the Romanian case distinct from other countries in the
region.

ECMI Working Papers © from the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)

ECMI Working Papers are written either by the staff of European Centre for Minority Issues or by outside authors commissioned by the Centre. As ECMI does not propagate opinions of its own, the views expressed in any of its publications are the sole responsibility of the author concerned.

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is a non-partisan institution founded in 1996 by the Governments of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the German State of Schleswig-Holstein.

ECMI was established in Flensburg, at the heart of the Danish-German border region, in order to draw from the encouraging example of peaceful coexistence between minorities and majorities achieved here.

ECMI’s aim is to promote interdisciplinary research on issues related to minorities and majorities in a European perspective and to contribute to the improvement of interethnic relations in those parts of Western and Eastern Europe where ethnopolitical tension and conflict prevail.

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ECMI Library Acquisitions – October 2014

ECMI Library NewsAs of October 2014, one can also find the following titles in the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) Library in Flensburg.

Carey, Henry F. (ed.), Romania since 1989. Politics, Economics and Society. Lanham, Boulder and New York: Lexington Books, 2003, 640 pp.
Appetizer and further data.

Demirdirek, Hülya, (Re)making of a Place and nation: Gagauzia in Moldova. Phd. Diss. Oslo: Department of Social Anthroplogy, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo. Oslo: University of Oslo, 2001, 300 pp.
Appetizer and further data.

Eichinger, Ludwig M., Albrecht Plewina, and Claudia Maria Riehl (eds.), Handbuch der deutschen Sprachminderheiten in Mittel- und Osteuropa (=Handbook of the German linguistic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe). Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2008, 392 pp.
Appetizer and further data.

Gazzola, Michele, The Evaluation of Language Regimes. Theory and application to multilingual patent organizations. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014, 380 pp.
Appetizer and further data.

Get the complete acquisitions list for October 2014.

The ECMI Library is an independent collection of books, journals and grey literature of more than 3,000 items covering many aspects of minority issues.

The highly specialized collection offers public access to a variety of materials in more than twenty languages on inter-ethnic relations, language and cultural issues and ethnic conflict in Europe.

The Library is especially strong in the area of minority protection with regards to international law. It also includes a useful reference section and a considerable number of published and unpublished reports dealing with the subjects mentioned above.

In addition to this, the ECMI Library is unique in that it includes an ever-growing number of annual reports of Ombudsman offices around the world, which provide insight into the human rights situation in many countries.

Current periodical and newspaper subscriptions reflect the multidisciplinary nature of ECMI research.

Reference services are provided both in-house and for the general public. The ECMI Library is physically at Schiffbrücke 12 in Flensburg, Germany and online via the
ECMI website.

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ECMI kick-off seminars in Belarus within EPP project

EPPECMI conducts the second wave of its kick-off seminars in Belarus. The kick-off seminars are organized within the frameworks of ECMI’s Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP).

After the successful launch of the first wave of kick-off seminars in Moldova in September, the ECMI EPP team is holding its second starting seminars in Belarus. The events will take place in Mahileu, located in the eastern part of the country, and in the nation’s capital city Minsk, on October 20th and 21st respectively.

Each seminar starts with the presentation of the EPP’s theme and objectives, followed by discussion on the country’s special needs and interests within the defined framework.
The starting seminar in Minsk is arranged in cooperation with the Faculty of International Relations of Belarusian State University. The kick-off in Mahileu is organized in partnership with Mahileu Foodstuff University.

About ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme

EPP encompasses Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine – countries that face various challenges and also have numerous achievements in the accommodation and governance of their ethnic and linguistic diversity. The programme is to be implemented throughout 2014-2017 and is funded by by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

The EPP’s goal is to enhance governance and to advance state policies on the prevention of ethnic discrimination and on the mainstreaming of national minorities issues according to European best practices in the target countries.

The EPP objectives are:

  • awareness-raising and capacity-buildingof public bodies in charge of diversity and equality management, consultative and advisory bodies on minority issues
  • dissemination and transfer of informationand know-how both on European standards and good practices through training, networking and dissemination.

The programme objectives are achieved by the means of trans-regional thematically-focused training seminars, by facilitating networking of public and civil society institutions and by joint activities aimed at monitoring and drafting thematic reports on the EPP focal issues.

The programme objectives are achieved by the means of trans-regional thematically-focused training seminars, by facilitating networking of public and civil society institutions and by joint activities aimed at monitoring and drafting thematic reports on the EPP focal issues.

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See also:

ECMI launches kick-off seminars within EPP project

Funding confirmed: ECMI will further diversity management in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine

Further details about EPP project

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ECMI Kosovo’s September 2014 newsletter released

KosovoThe ECMI Kosovo’s  September 2014 newsletter of the European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo is now available online.

The past month’s update from European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo was circulated. Please refer to ECMI Kosovo’s September 2014 newsletter to find the newsletter entries on ECMI Kosovo Project Updates:

  • Steering Committee Meeting
  • Training on the topic “Social Media – Simple Way to Mobilize”
  • Focus groups in Northern Kosovo
  • Roundtable discussion with minority women in Gračanica/Graçanicë
  • Second capacity building training of eight paralegals
  • Baseline Study on Gender Based Violence
  • Meetings with Serb and Gorani Community Networks
  • Monitoring the implementation of Advocacy Plans of the selected CSOs and CSO coalitions
  • Media Campaigning of the selected CSOs and CSO coalitions
  • Training for Municipal Assembly Members

In terms of institutional developmentsECMI Kosovo September 2014 newsletter talks about the Consultative Council and reports:

  • The Consultative Council for Communities elected its chairman and two of his deputies.

The ECMI Kosovo September 2014 newsletter also reports on  political developments:

  • The Assembly of Kosovo fails to elect a Speaker after a proposal from PDK; communities from the 6+ caucus voted for the proposal
  • The LDK-AAK-Nisma bloc are joined by Vetëvendosje; the latter set to lead the dialogue process with Serbia
  • “Srpska lista” ready to vote for whoever has a clear majority, wants additional clarifications on the role Vetëvendosje will play in a future coalition

See also: ECMI Kosovo Press Release on 14 October football match between Albania and Serbia

Archive: See previous newsletters from ECMI Kosovo

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ECMI Working Paper #80 released

ECMI PublicationsBelarusians in Poland: assimilation not implied by law by ECMI Project Research Associate Ms. Hanna Vasilevich is now issued as ECMI Working Paper #80.

In ECMI Working Paper #80 Ms. Hanna Vasilevich focuses on the situation of the Belarusian minority in Poland, an autochthonous ethnic group which traditionally resides in the eastern parts of today’s Podlaskie Voivodship and represents an integral part of the Belarusian-Polish borderland. The author argues that although Polish minority-related legislation formally complies with the international standards, its general effectiveness is significantly impeded by overall regional development of the Padliašša/Podlasie region.

Ms. Vasilevich discusses history of Belarusians in Poland within the context of today’s border formation as well as describing their current situation. While identifying the obstacles in regard to the situation of the Belarusian minority in Poland, the author presents the issue from social and political dimensions.

Ms. Hanna Vasilevich is ECMI Project Research Associate, contributing to cluster Politics and Civil Society. She also coordinates the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme (EPP).

ECMI Working Papers © from European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)

ECMI Working Papers are written either by the staff of European Centre for Minority Issues or by outside authors commissioned by the Centre. As ECMI does not propagate opinions of its own, the views expressed in any of its publications are the sole responsibility of the author concerned.

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is a non-partisan institution founded in 1996 by the Governments of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the German State of Schleswig-Holstein.

ECMI was established in Flensburg, at the heart of the Danish-German border region, in order to draw from the encouraging example of peaceful coexistence between minorities and majorities achieved here.

ECMI’s aim is to promote interdisciplinary research on issues related to minorities and majorities in a European perspective and to contribute to the improvement of interethnic relations in those parts of Western and Eastern Europe where ethnopolitical tension and conflict prevail.

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New JEMIE online: Europeanization and Minority Rights

Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in EuropeVolume 13, Issue 3, 2014 of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) is now online. The issue discusses  Europeanization and minority rights from external conditionality to internal practices.

With the aim to move beyond earlier predictions, the issue explores new ways of understanding and bridging  Europeanization and minority politics. Each contribution to this volume addresses aspects of domestic-European interaction, focusing on specific countries, policy areas and minority groups. The articles explore Danish minority policy and Roma case studies as well as cases from Italy and France, Catalonia and Scotland.

The guest editor of the issue is Dr. Tamara Hoch Jovanovich.  The issue features contributions by:

Tamara Hoch Jovanovic, Introduction – Rethinking approaches to Europeanization of minority politics

Melanie H. Ram, Europeanized Hypocrisy: Roma Inclusion and Exclusion in Central and Eastern Europe

Kennet Lynggaard and Tamara Hoch Jovanovic, Selective Europeanization: A Path Dependency Perspective on Danish Minority Policy

Crepaz Katharina, The Impact of Europeanization on minority communities in ‘old’ member states: Italy and France

Angela K. Bourne, Europeanization and Secession: The cases of Catalonia and Scotland


Facts: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE)

Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal edited under the auspices of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI).

JEMIE is a multi-disciplinary journal which addresses minority issues across a broad range of studies, such as ethnopolitics, democratization, conflict management, good governance, participation, minority issues and minority rights.

It is devoted to comparative analyses of current developments in minority-majority relations in the wider Europe. JEMIE seeks to publish critical analyses of policies and developments in European institutions and member states, their relations with the countries of the European neighborhood and other immediate neighbors. Contributions on non-European perspectives on ethnopolitics in the wider Europe and on minority issues applicable to the wider global context are also welcome.

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