JEMIE Call for Papers: Separatist Movements in Europe

The Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe invites articles for a special issue on ‘Separatist Movements in Europe’. Deadline: 30 June 2018.

Thematic scope 

Of fifty independent countries in Europe, fortyone contain territorial-based ethnolinguistic minorities, and half contain separatist movements. While “separatism” is often equated with full political secession, separatist movements, broadly defined, may actually range from secession to autonomy.  Secessionist movements seek complete independence from an existing country. They may include militant independence movements, involving violence initiated by secessionists; violent state repression of secessionism; or non-violent democratic secessionism. Autonomist movements aim at achieving, strengthening, or maintaining political autonomy within an existing country, short of independence.

Such movements may be working toward the achievement of autonomy; or may aim at increasing or strengthening existing autonomy; whereas some autonomous regions may simply be content with existing autonomy (the status quo).  Several relatively newly independent countries have recently acquired their independence due to the dissolution of previous federations, and indeed some historic countries with a strong nationalistic identity wish to break away from existing federations. Many separatist movements are irredentist, seeking annexation by a neighbouring country. Of course, various types of separatist movements may exist for a specific territorial ethnic minority concurrently, depending on the stance taken by particular political parties.

Contributed papers may be broadly theoretical or comparative, or may focus on a particular case study, but should be primarily European in content.

Important questions which could be addressed may be, for example:

  • What are the ultimate aims of the movement?  Immediate or eventual complete independence? “Semi-independent associated status”?  Further autonomy?
  • Are autonomist movements likely to become secessionist?
  • What differences of opinion are represented in political parties within the relevant areas?
  • What has been/is currently/will likely be the reaction of the existing national state?
  • To what extent is militancy/violence involved in the conflict, in pushing minority aims or in state repression?
  • What should be the response of the EU to separatism, specifically to perceived breakup of existing independent countries?
  • How does separatism affect minority rights of territorial-based ethnic minorities?
  • Are there differences in opinion as to how minority territory should be defined?

Submission guidlines

Contributed papers should be submitted to the journal editor (Tamara Hoch, hoch@ecmi.de) by 30 June, 2018, for review and selection by the special issue guest editor and two external reviewers having expertise in the topical area.

Papers should not exceed conventional length and should be accompanied by an abstract and a complete list of references.

Publication of this special issue is expected by 30 November, 2018.

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