Call for papers: International conference “Minorities and Self-determination – 100th Anniversary of the Post-World War I Plebiscites” – 18-19 June 2020.

International conference “Minorities and Self-determination 100th Anniversary of the Post-World War I Plebiscites” – the call for papers is now open

This one-time conference is co-organised by the ECMI and the Danish Central Library for South Schleswig (DCBIB), both located in Flensburg, Germany. The organisations are pleased to announce that the call for papers is now open, with a submission deadline of 15th October 2019.

The conference coincides with the 100th anniversary of the border settlement between Denmark and Germany resulting from the outcome of two plebiscites held in Northern and Middle Schleswig. At the same time, Schleswig was only one of several European regions where plebiscites concerning self-determination were held in the aftermath of World War I. Other areas, such as Allenstein and Marienwerder in West and East Prussia, Upper Silesia on the German-Polish border, Carinthia on the border between Austria and Slovenia and Burgenland on the border between Austria and Hungary, experienced similar plebiscites, however each of them took place within a different context and as a consequence delivered differing ramifications and experiences. The aim of the conference is to draw attention to these plebiscites and the impact they have had on national minorities in the relevant areas, alongside reflection on the notion of self-determination itself and legal frameworks concerning minority rights elaborated in the aftermath of World War I. A crucial element of the conference will be to enhance the comparative and interdisciplinary perspective in scholarly research concerning aforementioned issues. Keynote speakers for the conference are confirmed as Professor Matt Qvortrup and Dr. Volker Prott.

We invite scholars from varying disciplinary perspectives to submit paper abstracts. With the aforementioned comparative and interdisciplinary character of the conference in mind, historical, political, economic, sociological and legal perspectives are all considered to be of relevance. Junior and female scholars are strongly encouraged to submit their paper abstracts.

The paper abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent to the following e-mail address: Please use the submission template supplied on the conference webpage.

For further detailed information about the conference including full panel descriptions and information about the keynote speakers, please see the conference webpage:

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