In February, March, and April, the ECMI organised three workshops to inspect new research opportunities in Caucasus, Central Asia, and East Europe.
Linking research, action, and standards, the ECMI Approach currently focuses on older and newer challenges for nationl and ethnic minority groups in Central Asia, Caucasus and East Europe. Between February and April 2018, three workshops were organized to inspect new research opportunities. During the workshops on Georgia, Moldova and Central Asia international experts joined the ECMI team to discuss current challenges in these countries and the regions, and brainstorm on posible research and project ideas.
What are the existing challenges in Georgia, Moldova and Central Asian states? How can the ECMI use its experise to promote minority-mijority relations in these states? Who are the relevant actors and stakeholders? These were the key questions discussd at the workshops. Each event hosted international experts on a country unde scope, academics from the country and the ECMI reseacrhers.
While the ECMI counts years of experience in Caucasus and East Europe through its regional office in Georgia and the ECMI Easten Partnership Programme, Central Asia is a new research focus for the researchers at Kompagnietor. After the recently signed academic cooperation in Bishkek, the ECMI joined forces with international and local experts at the workshop at Kompagnietor to advance its networks in Central Asia.
ECMI and Central Asia
In 2018, the ECMI intends to turn its attention towards Central Asian countries. Apart from strengthening our already existing in-house research and analytical capacities with regard to that region, the ECMI also plans to establish a global network of renowned experts in the field of Central Asian studies in order to simultaneously broaden and deepen our research and action possibilities. In terms of research, the ECMI is willing to focus primarily upon such topics of regional relevance:
- border regions,
- national, ethnic and linguistic minorities,
- nation building and identity formation,
- language policies and language rights,
- the patterns of political mobilization of ethnic communities.
In spite of its manifold particularities, Central Asian countries share numerous common features (the most obvious ones are post-Soviet and post-colonial legacies). Due to such similarities, the ECMI will take a comparative methodological approach to the region, aiming at identifying common threads as well as divergences.
The workshop was one of the first steps towards identification of research and action opportunities for the ECMI in the region and the establishment of a research network for potential joint research projects in the future. Further information on ECMI work in Central Asia will be announced shortly.
If minority issues in Georgia, Moldova, and Central Asian countries are your topics of interest, feel free to send your inquiries on possible cooperation ideas to the relevant researchers at the ECMI: