ECMI Library Acquisitions – April 2014

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

  • Bankes, Nigel and Timo Koivurova, The Proposed Nordic Saami Convention. National and International Dimensions of Indigenous Property Rights. Oxford and Portland: Hartwell Publishing, 2013, 417 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.
  • Benedikter, Thomas (ed.), Europe’s Ethnic Mosaic. A Short Guide to Minority Rights in Europe. Bolzano/Bozen: EURAC Research, 2008, 140 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.
  • Rostas, Iulius (ed.), Ten Years After. A History of Roma School Desegregation in Central and Eastern Europe. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2012, 377 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.
  • Smith, Jeremy, Red Nations: The Nationalities Experience in and after the USSR. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013, 391 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.

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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 It also includes a useful reference section and a considerable number of published and unpublished reports dealing with the subjects mentioned above.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 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.

Curent 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 Report #64 online

ECMI PublicationsThe ECMI Workshop on the Definition of ”Minority” is recorded in ECMI Report #64. The report by Tove H. Malloy, Oana Buta, and Anthony Stanley, is now online.

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) convened a workshop at its headquarters in Flensburg on 26-27 September 2013. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss new approaches to defining a ‘minority’.

The ECMI Report #64 details how the participating researchers critically assessed current constructions of minority identity within relevant multilateral contexts, primarily the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the European Union, and the United Nations.

It also describes how the Workshop participants sought to identify the struggles taking place over the competing ascriptions of meaning with respect to ‘minority’, and how they assessed the possibility for change.

Making sense of minority definitions’ contingency

Definitions are contingent fixations of meaning within a particular law and policy domain. This was the shared understanding of the specialists in politics, international relations, law, and sociology who met in September at the ECMI headquarters.

Insofar, the specialists joined the ECMI workshop on Definitions of “Minority” to discuss how to proceed from this shared understanding. Naturally, the relevant law and policy domain in the context was that of national minority rights, as the definition of ‘minority’ was in focus.

Thus, the Workshop described in the ECMI Report #64 inherently sought to launch a new research project aiming to revisit the issue of a definition of ‘minority’.

Read also: ECMI Issue Brief #30 released

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New JEMIE online: minorities’ freedom of expression in the digital age

Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in EuropeFreedom of Expression of Minorities in the Digital Age: Staking Out a New Research Area is title of the new Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE)

Volume 12, Issue 4, 2013 of JEMIE is finally out. This issue features contributions by:

The title of this issue of JEMIE, Freedom of Expression of Minorities in the Digital Age: Staking Out a New Research Area, echoes a similarly-titled research project that was initiated by the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the Faculty of Law at University of Amsterdam.

The IViR research project together with parallel activities of the Culture & Diversity Cluster at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), are contributing to a growing research agenda in Europe. JEMIE 4/2013 is part of this course.

Read also: Seminar:“Minorities, Media and Intercultural Dialogue” on 18-19 January in Flensburg
Read also: ECMI report online: Media in transition call upon new research
Read also: ECMI Working Paper #71 released

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

Roma @ ECMIEleven fact sheets from European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) offer a quick overview on Roma related information in a European policy-making context.

With less than two months until the EU Parliament elections, ECMI has put forward a set of fact sheets presenting the need-to-know within Roma related policy-making. The fact sheets include background information and sources for digging deeper into Roma issues.

The exclusion of Roma communities from mainstream society is today one of Europe’s most pressing social problems. Many believe that there is a need for objective evaluation of current policies and practices related to Roma, and for a critical discussion on achievements, existing needs and future challenges. Moreover, it is often noted that the European Parliament holds a crucial role in this evaluative and oversight effort.

The ECMI fact sheets were originally outlined with the purpose of preparing European Parliament candidates for the challenge.

ECMI Director Dr Tove H. Malloy is very well aware that transnational challenges do not usually appeal in election campaigns that unfold in national public arenas. Nonetheless, ECMI hopes to deliver a positive impact with the fact sheets:

“Our fact sheets are a good starting point for public debaters and academics that wish to pursue a real serious and transnational European challenge.”

Roma strategy for the 8th EU parliament?

According to ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr Zora Popova, the approach to developing policies for Roma integration in EU member states is fragmented and suffering from poor coordination. It appears to be based more on theoretical approaches and assumptions, rather than on project outcomes and field findings, she believes.

Furthermore, international and national agendas appear top-down formulated, not taking into account successes and failures of earlier programmes.

This is why there is a need for objective evaluation of current policies and practices and a critical discussion on achievements, existing needs and future challenges. And this is where the 8th European Parliament to be elected in May will probably hold a crucial role, so Dr Popova.

Roma related titles from ECMI, 2011-2014

Vizi, Balázs. 2011, The Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union: Focus on the Neighbourhood and on a European Roma Strategy, Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe 10, no. 1: 123-34.

European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo. 2012. Minority Communities in the 2011 Kosovo Census Results: Analysis and Recommendations. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo. 2012. Segregated Education in Kosovo. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo. 2012. Vulnerable and Marginalised Groups in Kosovo: A Legal Handbook. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo. 2013. Segregation in Education in the Municipality of Gjakovë/Đakovica. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

Pancaldi, Valentina. 2013. Promoting the Economic Empowerment of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women in Kosovo. Prishtina: European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo.

Racles, Andreea, Belonging, houses and Roma women from southern Romania. An anthropological approach. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues.

Tremlett, Annabel, and Aidan McGarry. 2013. Challenges Facing Researchers on Roma Minorities in Contemporary Europe: Notes towards a Research Program. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues.

Friedman, Eben. 2013. Education in Member State Submissions under the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues.

Popova, Zora, Roma Inclusion: A Feasible EU Project. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues.

 

ECMI Roma in FocusECMI’s work on and with Roma is described more thoroughly in this booklet.

 

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ECMI job announcement

Kompagnietor - ECMI headquartersThe European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for a temporary position as Senior Research Associate within the field of Minority Studies

Download this announcement as a pdf file from our website

From 1 May or shortly thereafter, ECMI seeks to man a temporary position due to a maternity leave. The vacancy is in the ECMI Politics & Civil Society Cluster. Minority Studies at ECMI cover research on national and ethnic autochthonous minority issues in Europe.

The position

The successful candidate will fill a vacancy in the ECMI Politics & Civil Society Cluster. Responsibilities include conducting applied research as well as knowledge dissemination and knowledge transfer within the thematic area.

Co-operation with the other ECMI research clusters in multi-disciplinary research projects as well as with ECMI’s non-resident research network is also part of the responsibilities.

The temporary colleague will conduct his or her own research while also acting as a substitute where feasible in professional tasks. Other responsibilities include networking with relevant academic institutions and national and international organizations as well as media contributions in the area of minority issues.

The candidate will also be assisting in seeking external financing for projects and where necessary will assist in project management as well as supervision of younger members of research staff. Some travel is required.

Requirements and conditions

Candidates are required to document a Ph.D.-degree in political sociology as well as experience from previous positions. Prior knowledge from the field of Minority Studies and the European minority rights regime is desired.

Independent research skills, the ability to work in a team and guide younger researchers, as well as good communication skills in written and spoken English are necessary. Experience as consultant and with training of public servants is welcome. Knowledge of German is an asset.

A contract for nine months is offered. A Danish intergovernmental foundation under private German law governs the contract conditions. The successful candidate must take up residence at the seat of ECMI in Flensburg, Germany.

ECMI is an equal opportunities institution and strives to achieve parity between women and men thus explicitly welcoming applications from women as well as from candidates of any social, racial or ethnic background. ECMI is a non-smoking environment.

About us

ECMI is an international cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research and competence institution working directly with governments, civil society and international organizations in Europe.

ECMI aims to provide governments and the public debate with relevant information and analysis as well as to influence the European agenda-setting in the area of minority politics.

In collaboration with our field offices in Georgia and Kosovo and in co-operation with academic institutions, ECMI conducts applied research, training and advisory services in the area of minority-majority relations. ECMI also co-operates with local universities and ECMI research staff teaches relevant courses.

We offer an international and multilingual working environment with varied tasks and opportunities for travel. Our management structure is flat with a high degree of independence in senior research positions and opportunity to influence the work of the institution. Work at the Centre is marked by team spirit and focus on excellence, flexibility and mutual respect.

ECMI is located in the historical Kompagnietor Building by the old port of Flensburg, at the German-Danish border – a provincial town where two cultures live side-by-side and the quality of living is good. In addition to clean sea air, plenty of outdoor and water sports activities, Flensburg offers low living costs and good schools in both the German school system and the Danish minority school system. Flensburg is also within four hours travel of eleven good universities.

Applications

Interested applicants are asked to submit a CV and a publications list specifying publications in English. Short-listed candidates may be asked to provide copies of publications. Application material should be marked “Position P&CS”. It may be sent electronically to Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen (hansen[at]ecmi.de) no later than 28 April 2014. Short-listed candidates may be invited for interviews.

For information about living in Flensburg, contact Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen, or check our website.

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ECMI Kosovo’s March 2014 Newsletter released

KosovoThe March 2014 newsletter of European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo is now available.

The past month’s news from ECMI Kosovo were circulated today. Refer to ECMI Kosovo’s Newsletter to find the work reports covered by the following subheadings:

  • Presentation of Ethno-Political Map to members of the Consultative Council for Communities
  • Follow-up meeting with Gorani and Serb community Networks
  • Trainings delivered to Municipal and School Drop-Out Prevention Teams on Identification and Registration of Out-of-School Children
  • Development of a Baseline Study on Gender-Based Violence. Needs Assessment for Skills Training and a School-Based Curriculum on Gender Equality
  • 21 language training courses organised for Municipal Officials in Kosovo

Also, one subheading reflects on institutional development related to ECMI Kosovo’s field of interest:

  • International Symposium on Language Rights and Social Cohesion in Plurilinguistic Societies

Political developments relevant to ECMI Kosovo’s field of interest are reported under:

  • Two Northern Municipalities Adopt Their Statutes as the Ministry of Local Government Administration Voices Its Concerns About Their Legality
  • Minister of Communities and Returns Dalibor Jevtić Discusses an Extension of the Reserved Seat System with US Ambassador Jacobson
  • Elections in Serbia give SNS leader Vučić Clear Mandate to Form New Government

Archive: monthly newsletters from ECMI Kosovo

About ECMI Kosovo

ECMI Kosovo became active in Kosovo as a field office of European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in 2001.

After Kosovo declared independence in February 2008, ECMI Kosovo became a locally registered NGO in July of that same year, while maintaining its co-operation with ECMI and thus continuing to benefit from international oversight, specialized expertise and comparative experiences.

ECMI Kosovo’s vision is a stable multi-ethnic Kosovo in which the human and minority rights of members from all communities are realized in line with domestic and international standards.

With a view to contributing to this vision, ECMI Kosovo engages in a wide range of activities aimed at stabilizing inter-ethnic relations and ensuring the effective implementation and functioning of the legal, policy and institutional framework for the protection and promotion of minority rights.

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ECMI Working Paper #75 released

ECMI PublicationsRoma Inclusion: A Feasible EU Project? by Dr Zora Popova is now available as European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) Working Paper #75.

In Roma Inclusion: A Feasible EU Project? Dr Popova explores, to what extent the combination of ethnic and social determinants underlying Roma issues have been sufficiently taken into account by the EU.

The context is the most recent years’ EU endeavors in the field of Roma inclusion. Instructive for Dr Popova is the formulation about EU’s “explicit but not exclusive targeting” of Roma. On this background, Dr Popova asks her basic question, if it is “… really feasible to remove the ethnic/cultural elements from a development strategy?”

However, in the ECMI Working Paper #75 analysis, Dr Popova addresses many more aspects of this basic question and how Roma inclusion can become a feasible EU undertaking altogether? Popova’s conclusions show that she is looking for much more than just the EU’s current cultural blindness:

“Achieving an overall positive change requires not only a common general EU framework and a common structured approach to inclusion but also synchronised procedures [between EU member states] and suitable efficient measures to address respective issues.”

“In the age of globalization a structural approach to developmental challenges require more than a mutual agreement [between EU member states] on a policy framework and targeted outcomes. Coordination of processes and measures and synchronization of efforts in the 21st century depend largely on finding a common platform of understanding, ‘language’ and intervention procedures and mechanisms.”

“Understanding the role of culture as a factor behind socio-economic tendencies, predispositions, and actions is crucial for the development of strategies that aim at fostering changes in a non-mainstream community.”

“An integrated approach to Roma inclusion aiming at fostering a positive societal change should ensure that subjective factors risks such as various levels of experience and expertise of national governments, knowledge gaps, and lack of capacities or political will are overcome. The elaboration of such an integrated in-depth strategy … requires a critical assessment of the problems and identification of the cross-cutting measures that could be implemented through synchronised and coordinated efforts.”

Dr Zora PopovaSenior Research Associate Dr Zora Popova is heading up the Culture & Diversity Cluster @ European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI).
Read also: Dr Zora Popova is new head of ECMI’s Culture and Diversity Cluster

Read also: ECMI Issue Brief #31 released (by Dr Eben Friedman)
Read also: ECMI Working Paper #73 released (by Dr Eben Friedman)
More Roma related information @ ECMI InfoChannel

 

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ECMI Kosovo’s February 2014 Newsletter released

KosovoThe monthly newsletter of ECMI Kosovo was circulated Monday. In focus is a new project on supporting minority communities throughout Kosovo’s decentralization process.

The past month’s update from European Centre for Minority Issues Kosovo was issued Monday. Refer to ECMI Kosovo’s Newsletter to find the work reports covered by the following subheadings:

  • Initiating Gorani and Serb Community Networks
  • Continuation of Albanian and Serbian Language Courses Starting in Target Municipalities
  • Workshop for the Members of the Consultative Council for Communities

Also, one subheading reflects on institutional development related to ECMI Kosovo’s field of interest:

  • Consultative Council for Communities

Finally, political developments relevant to ECMI Kosovo’s field of interest are reported:

  • Repeat Elections in Mitrovicë/Mitrovica North
  • Government Adopts New Strategy for Communities and Returns

Archive: monthly newsletters from ECMI Kosovo

About ECMI Kosovo

ECMI Kosovo became active in Kosovo as a field office of European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in 2001.

After Kosovo declared independence in February 2008, ECMI Kosovo became a locally registered NGO in July of that same year, while maintaining its co-operation with ECMI and thus continuing to benefit from international oversight, specialized expertise and comparative experiences.

ECMI Kosovo’s vision is a stable multi-ethnic Kosovo in which the human and minority rights of members from all communities are realized in line with domestic and international standards.

With a view to contributing to this vision, ECMI Kosovo engages in a wide range of activities aimed at stabilizing inter-ethnic relations and ensuring the effective implementation and functioning of the legal, policy and institutional framework for the protection and promotion of minority rights.

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New ECMI decentralization project in Kosovo

European Centre for Minority Issues - Action, Research, DocumentationOn 1 February 2014, European Centre for Minority Issues started the implementation of a new three-year project on decentralization in Kosovo.

The new project, Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Growth for all Newly-Established Municipalities, is implemented by ECMI Kosovo.

The project aims to provide the Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo with sustainable solutions on improving their local socio-economic perspectives. The means are empowerment undertakings for both local governments and local communities.

Activities will cover the municipalities of Gračanica/Graçanicë, Klokot/Kllokot, Leposavić/Leposaviq, Mitrovica North, Novo Brdo/Novobërdë, Parteš/Partesh, Ranilug/Ranillug, Štrpce/Shtërpcë, Zubin Potok and Zvečan/Zveçan.

This new project is an extension of past decentralization projects implemented in Serb-majority municipalities through 2008-2013.

The first project was carried out in 2008-2011. It was focused on the institutional establishment of five municipalities in line with the provisions of the so-called Ahtisaari Package and the Law on Local Self-Government. A second project, implemented in 2011-2013, attempted to improve conditions for local economic development, and to improve the dialogue between municipalities and communities.

The 2008-2013 projects were implemented in partnership with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland that is also funding the current decentralization-project.

Read also:  Kosovo decentralization project finished according to plan
Read also: Socio-economic Conditions in Northern Kosovo” released by ECMI Kosovo

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ECMI Issue Brief #31 released

ECMI PublicationsThe Situation of Roma between Human Rights and Economics is now online. The ECMI Issue Brief #31 is written by Dr Eben Friedman.

In the Issue Brief #31 of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Dr Eben Friedman describes and questions a shift in focus in intergovernmental organizations’ approach to Roma.

The dominant focus of documents on Roma published by intergovernmental organizations in the 1990s was on providing redress for past violations of human rights and protection from future discrimination.

According to Friedman, this is no longer the case as of early 2014 Europe. In the ECMI Issue Brief #31 he demonstrates how ”Over the last decade, it has become increasingly common for calls to improve the situation of Roma to be justified in terms of economic benefits for society as a whole.”

Concluding his overview of the shifting focus, Friedman points out some serious concerns:

“Although presumably intended to build support for measures to improve the situation of Roma, the coexistence of human rights and economic discourses is not necessarily an easy one.”

“… the increasing frequency with which economic arguments are deployed … suggest at the very least a need for vigilance to prevent the backsliding on human rights commitments which is implicit in discussion of assimilation or extermination as a policy option in the present day.”

With this background, and when the attempt is to improve the situation of Roma, Friedman suggests as the most promising “… the promotion among non-Roma of a broad understanding of human rights as including the economic and cultural as well as the civil and political.”

Dr Friedman is an independent consultant and an ECMI Non-Resident Researcher

ECMI Issue Briefs © from the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)

ECMI Issue Briefs problematize and present minority issues that have been identified as relevant for greater dissemination by the Centre’s research team. They aim to introduce important issues for further debate and where relevant make recommendations for future agenda setting.

ECMI Issue Briefs are written either by the staff of ECMI 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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