Join the ECMI “National Minorities and Border Regions Summer School 2014”

ECMI Summer SchoolECMI calls for applications for the National Minorities and Border Regions Summer School 2014 to take place between 21 and 30 August. OBS: New deadline 8 June.

The European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) invites applications for the summer school from junior scholars and practitioners from all over the world. The summer school will take place at Akademie Sankelmark nearby the city of Flensburg in Schleswig, Germany.

For the fourth consecutive time, the programme offers prominent scholars from diverse European institutions, and experienced practitioners will gather in and around the borderland city of Flensburg. They will deliver lectures and seminars, share expertise, and exchange views and ideas with an international group of participants. This years’ special focus is on alternative approaches to reconciliation.

Revising the existing knowledge on post-conflict reconciliation and evaluating the successes and failures of current practices, as well as exploring the positive example of the German-Danish border region of Schleswig, the summer school programme will offer a platform for discussing both theoretical and field practices of reconciliation: e.g. economic empowerment, reconstruction of social capital, building of civic identities, mechanisms for accommodating religious, linguistic and cultural diversity.

Participants at the diploma ceremony of the ECMI Summer School 2013 at Flensburg City Hall. In 2013, the summer school took place in August @ Kompagnietor & Flensburg University, Flensburg, Germany. Photo: Tamari Bulia

The ECMI Summer School programme 2014 will include 3 elements: Preparatory e-learning (online preparation for the event one month prior to arrival), residential and alumni network elements.

Nine days of diverse, interdisciplinary and intensive residential elements of the course will include:

  • A keynote speech delivered by a prominent scholar, six academic lectures and six practitioners‘ seminars
  • Five interactive workshops conducted by trained professionals and four discussion sessions with experts
  • Presentations of the summer school participants and group work
  • Social events planned for six evenings
  • Meetings and networking with local politicians, minority representatives, and youth groups
  • The diploma ceremony at Flensburg City Hall hosted by the Chairperson of the Flensburg City Council (Stadtpräsidentin), Ms. Swetlana Krätzschmar.

For further information about the ECMI Summer School 2014 programme, eligibility of potential applicants and application procedures please visit the summer school webpage or download the guidelines.

Application deadline: 25 May 2014 8 June 2014

Read also: stories from previous years’ summer schools by ECMI

3 Responses to Join the ECMI “National Minorities and Border Regions Summer School 2014”

  1. Hello! My name is Robert Jopua. I am 35 years old. I live in Abkhazia. Working as a journalist at the State TV and editor-TV website. With great pleasure we would participate in your meeting.

    • Dear Robert Jopua,

      Will you please address the organizers directly. You will find their contact coordinates on the summer school’s webpage. That is the very first link upon.

      Best regards,
      John Petersen

    • Tamari Bulia says:

      Dear Mr. Dzhopua,
      I am Tamari Bulia, coordinator of the ECMI SUmmer School. Please visit our web-page or feel free to contact me at for any questions you might have. We will gladly consider your application for participating in the summer school 2014.
      Kind regards,

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