ECMI started a new semester at the European Studies MA programme of the Europa-Universität Flensburg.
On 24 October 2016 the ECMI started a new semester with the European Studies MA programme at the Europa-Universität Flensburg. The third semester students of the MA European Studies Programme were welcomed by Prof. Malloy who introduced the seminar and its aims.
The European Minority Rights and Minority Protection Regime is the title of the ECMI seminar taught jointly by the ECMI team. The Seminar addresses aspects of minority history and politics as well as social and cultural issues and emerging new challenges to minority protection. What is a “regime”? Who defines it? How do we analyse a regime? These were the main questions addressed by Prof. Malloy in her introductory lecture. “Europe is and always will be a peace project,” she emphasised, and gave an overview of different discourses of minority protection in Europe: security, justice, cohesion and citizenship.
One of the students of the seminar, Diana Krovvidi from Russia, was happy to share her impressions and expectations from the seminar:
“Today we had our first lecture on the European Minority Rights and Minority Protection Regime. Even though we heard about ECMI before, we were still not sure about the definition of the term minority and what exactly would we learn from the course.
“After a brief introduction Prof. Dr. Tove Malloy asked us why we decided to join this course and from various answers it was apparent that students had different views on the topic: some people wanted to focus on migration, others were interested in women’s rights and legal aspects of the question. Personally, I hoped that we would study Europe as a region, as I really wanted to look at the situation with Crimea Tatar, but Prof. Malloy assured me that we would discuss various topics that go beyond EU level, as Europe is much more than the Union and we would even cover Central Asia.
“It wasn’t surprising that the class was fully booked, as the unique structure of the module makes it very attractive among students. What makes this class so special is that we would have different lecturers, who are experts in their fields and who could share their insights and perspectives on the issues. Also we would be able to discuss very important and challenging questions, so I’m looking forward to the next class!”
ECMI wishes success in the new semester to the students of the Europa-Universität Flensburg!