Only a few weeks are left till the summer school on National Minorities and Border Region (NMBR) kicks off in Brussels. Let’s have a look at current updates.
Organized in cooperation with the Coppieters Foundation, the course will take place between 2-9 September and will gather 24 young scholars from around the world. As usual, our school this year as well has attracted participants from variety of professional and educational backgrounds, sharing the mutual interest in minority rights.
What is are discussion topics?
The overarching theme of the summer school is National Minorities and Border Regions, discussed separately as well as in relation to one another. However, annually the course chooses the focus topic of the programme. With this year’s theme “Diversity: European heritage and/or driver of change” the course programme will address two key questions: Is diversity a historical feature of European societies and an asset contributing to their enrichment and development? Is it a negative factor and a threat to economic and political stability, to culture, and to societal cohesion?
How do we address them?
The program starts by discussing the core question: who are minorities? and how are the defined? Using the ECMI Minority Rights educational video, the ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Zora Popova and Junior Research Associate Caitlin Boulter will explore the issue further.
Diversity and legal frameworks: what are the international perspectives & national projections? Let’s wait for ECMI Director Prof. Tove Malloy to share her expertise on this subject with our students.
The programme continues with exploring key concepts of diversity and minority protection mechanisms, such as: self-identification vs. self-determination, kin-states, nation-building, hate-speech, participation, and populism. The model of Schleswig-Holstein and the Danish-German border region will have a specific focus. The programme includes academic lectures as well as interactive sessions.
Who are the keynote speakers?
We are pleased to share that the summer school will host two distinguished keynote speakers: Jordi Solé, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance; and Kinga Gál, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats). We are looking forward to hear their input on diversity and minority rights.
The programme also features visits to European Parliament, Hanse Office and museum tour in Brussels city center. The participants will also have a chance to get to know each ther and the ECMI team ver the planned social activities and ice-breakers.