Call for Papers: Implications for Social Inclusion of Roma

Inclusion of Roma - European Centre for Minority IssuesThe journal Social Inclusion calls for contributions for an issue on social inclusion of Roma. ECMI represented by Dr Eben Friedman is guest editor of the issue.

A coming issue of Social Inclusion will have the title Talking about Roma: Implications for Social Inclusion. Authors interested in submitting a paper for this special issue are kindly asked to consult the Instructions for Authors of the journal and to send their abstracts by email to Mr. António Vieira on antonio.vieira @ cogitatiopress.com

Abstracts are to be forwarded between 1 and 8 October 2014, while full papers must be forwarded between 26 January and 1 February 2015.

Addressing today’s Roma discourse

Talking about Roma: Implications for Social Inclusion will address various aspects of the relationship between discourses on and the social inclusion of Roma.

The contributions to this special issue must critically examine current public discourses ostensibly aimed at promoting the social inclusion of Roma, attending to the liabilities of these discourses and exploring possible alternatives for avoiding backsliding on human rights commitments.

At present, while official discourse calling for the elimination of Roma – whether through mass killing or by abolishing cultural distinctions – has largely given way to approaches explicitly aimed at inclusion and emphasizing Roma’s rights as individuals and as members of a minority or tying future improvements in the situation of Roma to economic benefits for entire societies, the coexistence of these two types of ostensibly more inclusive approaches is not necessarily an easy one.

Moreover, both are arguably compatible with debates on the possibility and desirability of the social inclusion of Roma.

Roma related titles from European Centre for Minority Issues (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 Working Paper #77 released

ECMI PublicationsDialogue with the unwilling: Addressing minority rights in so-called denial states by ECMI Director Dr Tove Malloy is now issued as ECMI Working Paper #77.

In the European Centre for Minority IssuesWorking Paper #77, Dr Malloy sheds light on the behavior of the so-called “unwilling” or “denial” states in the implementation of minority rights in Europe. These states are Belarus, France and Greece.

The working paper, Dialogue with the unwilling: Addressing minority rights in so-called denial states, consists of an analysis of the monitoring systems to which Belarus, France and Greece are subject – in their capacity as members of the UN.

The focus on the analysis is entirely on the UN since the three countries have not signed up to the European normative framework of minority protection. The fact that Belarus, France and Greece have chosen to stand outside the European minority rights regime explains the often employed though less flattering “denial states” label.

Specifically, the Working Paper #77 explores whether the seemingly unwilling governments of Belarus, France and Greece engage in any dialogue with regard to UN minority rights and protection.

“Seemingly”, because one of Dr Malloy’s conclusions is that “the unwilling are not as unwilling as one might suspect.”

ECMI Director Dr Tove H. Malloy is also heading up the Citizenship & Ethics Cluster @ European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI).

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Check also: More ECMI postings related to the European Minority Regime

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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 seeks participants for right-wing populism simulation game

ECMI-AnnouncementsThe European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is looking for three participants to take part in a simulation game on the topic of Fighting right-wing populism in Europe. The game will take place from 30 October to 2 November 2014 in Berlin.

Fighting right-wing populism in Europe will tackle the sources, reasons, dynamics and effects of right-wing populism in contemporary Europe.

The overall objective of the project is to explore the socio-economic and political factors influencing the recent successes of right-wing populist parties in Europe and to elaborate possible strategies for dealing with this issue on a European level. In doing so, the project employs methods specific to non-formal education.

The simulation game is part of the Erasmus+ project Fighting right-wing populism in Europe, developed by CRISP Berlin in collaboration with the partners Antigone (Greece), Civil (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Iskra (Ukraine), Join (Italy), Youth for Exchange and Understanding (Cyprus), and ECMI.

Essential eligibility criteria

  • BA degree in a discipline of the Social Sciences or Humanities.
  • Residence in Germany at the time of the program.
  • Fluency in English.

Desirable eligibility criteria

  • Demonstrable interest or experience with issues related to right-wing populism, nationalism, racism, or xenophobia in Europe.
  • Experience or interest in the youth work sector.
  • Familiarity with non-formal education.

Application procedure

Interested applicants should send a short motivation letter of maximum 250 words, describing their interest in taking part in this project, along with a CV, to Viktoria Martovskaya (martovskaya @ ecmi.de) by 20 September 2014.

There is no participation fee. CRISP and ECMI will cover all meals and accommodation costs (three nights, 30 October – 2 November), as well as travel expenses within Germany up to 180 €.

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New JEMIE online: minorities, protection & empowerment

Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in EuropeVolume 13, Issue 2, 2014 of Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE) deals with national minorities between protection and empowerment.

This special issue of JEMIE examines some of the complexities intrinsic in the journey from the protection to the empowerment of national minorities. The examination unfolds at the theoretical level and through the analysis of empirical data from three case studies.

The issue features contributions by:

JEMIE compiled following Mainz workshop

The special issue was compiled following the workshop National Minorities between Protection and Empowerment: Contemporary Minority Politics in Europe, at the 41st Joint Sessions of Workshops of the European Consortium for Political Research in Mainz, 2013.

Read also: ECMI co-organizes ECPR workshop on European minority empowerment

Twenty three papers were presented during the workshop that was chaired and co-organized by ECMI Director Dr Tove Malloy and Professor David J. Galbreath, University of Bath.

The papers that were selected to be included in JEMIE Volume 13, Issue 2, 2014, are a theoretical paper offering the conceptualisation of a theory of empowerment, and papers analysing three case studies: the Autonomous Province of Trento, the German-Danish border and the Hungarian minority in Romania.

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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Dr Sabine Sütterlin-Waack joins the ECMI executive board

Sabine Sütterlin-WaackDr Sabine Sütterlin-Waack is a new member of the ECMI executive board. Sütterlin-Waack is appointed for the ECMI board by the German Federal Government.

Member of the German Bundestag Dr Sabine Sütterlin-Waack (CDU) succeeds Mr Ingbert Liebing as a member of the European Centre for Minority Issues’ (ECMI) executive board. Sütterlin-Waack’s mandate lasts for three years in accordance with the ECMI statutes.

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ECMI Kosovo’s July 2014 newsletter released

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

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

  • Focus-Groups on Decision-Making Processes
  • First Workshop with … Goverment, Office for Community Affairs, Kosovo Agency for Accreditation and Ministries
  • The establishment of the Tourist Office of Klokot
  • Language training course established in the municipality of Parteš/Partesh
  • Meeting for the creation of the Agricultural Association of Businessmen of municipality of Ranilug
  • Organisation of focus groups targeting women and youth
  • Guidebook on the Implementation of the Law on Languages

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:

  • The Assembly of Kosovo elects Isa Mustafa Chairman … but the Constitutional Court temporarily suspends his election …
  • “Srpska lista” and other parties representing Kosovo’s communities ready to join any coalition …
  • Mitrovica South and Mitrovica North meet in Brussels to discuss removing barricades, freedom of movement

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 Library Acquisitions – August 2014

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

  • Benedikter, Thomas (ed.), Solving Ethnic Conflict through Self-Government. A Short Guide to Autonomy in Europe and South Asia. Bolzano/Bozen: EURAC Research, 2009, 140 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.
  • Bieber, Florian, Post-War Bosnia. Ethnicity, Inequality and Public Sector Governance. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 181 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.
  • Commercio, Michele E., Russian Minority Politics in Post-Soviet Latvia and Kyrgyzstan. The Transformative Power of Informal Networks. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010, 248 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.
  • Grant, Shelagh D., Polar Imperative. A History of Arctic Sovereignty in North America. Vancouver, Toronto, and Berkeley: Douglas & McIntyre Publishers, 2010, 540 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.

Get the complete acquisitions list for August 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 diversity 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 on-line via the ECMI website.

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ECMI Report #65 online

ECMI PublicationsThe 2013 ECMI workshop on financial support to minority organizations is recorded in ECMI Report #65. The report is online now.

ECMI Report #65, Expert Workshop on the Distribution of Financial Support to Organizations Representing National Minorities, is finally online. It is edited by the organizer, Dr Andreea Carstocea, for the Politics & Civil Society Cluster at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI). The report records the expert workshop of the same title that took place in December 2013 at the ECMI in Flensburg.

Read also: ECMI Seminar first step to pool knowledge of minority funding

States are to a larger or lesser degree directing funding to minority parties, minority councils, minority associations and so on; states are in other words co-funding national minority organizations. The co-funding enables the minorities to participate in political and public life.

Issues related to this kind of funding were examined by the 2013 ECMI Workshop: Distribution of Financial Support to Organizations Representing National Minorities.

The workshop was structured around three main themes; this structure frames the disposition of the substantial part of the ECMI Report #65.

  • Funding of projects proposed by minority organizations
  • Funding and political participation
  • Funding of minority organizations in an international perspective

Echoing the very ambition of the workshop, to pool knowledge of minority funding, the report concludes among others that “…there is a pressing need for developing research methodologies, for collecting data, and carrying out both empirical and theoretical research.”

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ECMI and Institute for Minority Studies agree on Memorandum of Understanding

ECMI-OrganizationalThe Institute for Minority Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the European Centre for Minority Issues agree on a Memorandum of Understanding.

ECMI and the Institute for Minority Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have decided to co-operate in a wide range of areas within the broader field of minority studies and research. The agreement is formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding.

Among others, specific points of co-operation are:

  • The strengthening of joint academic efforts
  • Mutual support in teaching and training through exchange of researchers
  • Common strategies on minority issues towards the European international organizations
  • Library cooperation and exchange of publications
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Local media attention on the ECMI Moldova activities

ECMI Links and CommentsECMI‘s Eastern Partnership Programme begins to attract attention in Moldova’s media – including in the breakaway republic of Transnistria.

Yesterday, Transdnestrinform reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the breakaway republic of Transnistria on 23 July met a delegation from the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI).

It is ECMI’s recently started European Partnership Programme that begins to awaken the interest Moldova’s media – including the breakaway republic of Transnistria.

Transdnestrinform further explains that Senior Research Associate Dr Alexander Osipov and Project Research Associate Hanna Vasilevich visited Transnistria’s deputy foreign minister, Igor Schornikov. The parties discussed, according Transdnestrinform, the possibilities for cooperation within the framework of ECMI’s European Partnership Programme.

Also the points of Dr Federica Prina, which were released in ECMI Issue Brief # 33, have found a local audience. The points are reiterated on Platzforma.md

Read also: Funding confirmed: ECMI will further diversity management in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine
Read also: ECMI Issue Brief #33 released

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ECMI Library Acquisitions – July 2014

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

  • Béland, Daniel, and André Lecours, Nationalism and Social Policy. The Politics of Territorial Solidarity. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008, 255 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.
  • Bhargava, Rajeev, Amiyas Kumar Bagchi, and R. Sudarshan, Multiculturalism, Liberalism and Democracy. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007, 433 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.
  • Bondarenko, Veronika, Representation of National Minorities in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. 1990-2007. Saarbrücken: Akademikerverlag, 2013, 122 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.
  • Box-Steffensmeier, Janet M., Henry E. Brady and David Collier (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2008, 880 pp.
    Appetizer and further data.

Get the complete acquisitions list for July 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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