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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Dr Sabine Sütterlin-Waack joins the ECMI executive board

ECMI-OrganizationalDr 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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ECMI Issue Brief #33 released

ECMI Publications

What next for Moldova’s minorities after Crimea? This is the guiding question of the ECMI Issue Brief #33 by Dr Federica Prina. The Brief is online now.

The highly topical ECMI Issue Brief #33 examines the situation of the minorities of Moldova in the light of Russia’s Crimea ‘land-grab’. The much discussed and possible annexation of Transnistria by Russia is not included in the examination.

In the ECMI Issue Brief #33, What next for Moldova’s minorities after Crimea?, Dr Federica Prina argues that there are two consequences for Moldova of Russia’s annexation of Crimea:

  • The annexation deepens the polarization between the pro-Russia and the pro-EU camps in Moldova.
  • The polarization furthers a tendency to marginalize the non-Russian minorities.

The two consequences define the disposition of the Brief.

Part one thoroughly contextualizes the polarization that is now deepening in Moldova, from the Romanian and Soviet past and up to and including the accords signed by EU and Moldova on 27 June. The accords or Association Agreements that were also signed by Georgia and Ukraine include the so-called Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

EU signs pacts with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova (BBC News Europe 27 June 2014)
EU signs ‘historic’ accords with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova (EU Business 30 June 2014)
Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia Sign EU Accords (Radio Free Europe 27 June 2014)

Part two describes how the non-Russian minorities are in danger of further marginalization in the process of polarization.

The Brief details how protection of vulnerable minorities tends to be overlooked, while all attention is on the East-West divide. The dilution of linguistic and cultural diversity and ambitions of empowering minorities are likewise described as out of focus, though the measures and ambitions are protected by domestic law and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

Roma, Bulgarians, Ukrainians, Gagauz, Poles, and Russians are specifically addressed in the Brief, as they are differently positioned in the East-West divide and in the ideological strife that, according to Dr Prina, forms the backdrop of the Moldovan political scene: the divide between the advocates of a ‘nationalizing state’ and of a (de facto) multi-ethnic state.

Dr Federica Prina is editor of the Journal of Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe (JEMIE).

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

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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Links: ECMI visit triggers CDU minority considerations

ECMI Links and CommentsAfter visiting the ECMI, a press release of the CDU in Schleswig-Holstein among others highlights the role of the EU in improving the situation of Roma and Sinti.

Much praise flows in ECMI’s direction in the press release issued by the Christian Democrats (CDU) of Schleswig-Holstein last week. The press release came after a visit at the ECMI in Flensburg by CDU’s working group on European politics.

The press release reiterated in Schleswig-Holstein on CDU local branch websites like Dithmarschen, Breklum-Struckum, Husum, Wiedingharde, Nordfriesland, Langenhorn, and on the spokesperson for minority politics, Astrid Damerow’s own website.

Finally, it has reached the Bundespresseportal or Federal Press Portal. The Federal Press Portal is a cross-party and citizen-proximate information portal for federal, state, district, county and local parties in the Federal Republic of Germany.

The press release is related to the following ECMI messages:

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Live now: Workshop on Anti-Semitism in Romania and Moldova

ECMI AnnouncementsECMI and partners are realizing the Collaborative Workshop: Anti-Semitism in Romania and Moldova 1881-1991 from this very moment. Follow and join via Twitcam (obsolete).

A collaborative workshop between the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and University of Leicester is beginning at 11 am CET this morning. The workshop session taking place in Leicester (UK) is supplemented by Twitter broadcast making it possible to join online.

Get the programme

The session is the first of a two-session collaborative outreach workshop. Focusing on the period from the establishment of the independent kingdom of Romania in 1881 to the declaration of the independent state of Moldova in 1991, the workshop examines the history of anti-Semitism in the region as well as explores prejudice and discrimination against the Roma.

The second session will take place in Flensburg, Germany, in spring 2015. The session in Flensburg will deal with anti-Semitism in contemporary Romania and Moldova.

The ECMI is represented in the collaboration and programme by Senior Research Associate Dr Raul Cârstocea who is heading the ECMI Conflict & Security Cluster.

 

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