The ECMI Summer School 2015 on National Minorities and Border Regions will focus on the changing order and new insecurities in Europe and its neighborhood, with respect to how these issues impact national minorities. Along with other distinguished speakers, this year’s Summer School will feature a keynote speech (live stream from Canada) by Prof. Will Kymlicka from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.
While EU member states are facing an increase in Euroscepticism and right-wing populism as well as increased extremism against certain groups, the Eastern European neighborhood is struggling with a dilemma: towards East or West? In addition, global concerns such as climate change, aging populations, youth unemployment, or violations of human rights are also issues that Europe needs to address. The changing order and the new global challenges are adversely affecting the most vulnerable groups of society: national, ethnic, religious minorities and indigenous peoples.
Programme and Highlights
The ECMI Summer School 2015 will take place between 9 and 15 August in Jaruplund Hojskole, 5km from Flensburg, Germany. The Summer School will offer academic, yet interactive programmes to participants, with lectures delivered by prominent academics in Europe and seminars by practitioners in the field from the hot spots within the European neighborhood.
The highlight of the course is the keynote address by Prof. Will Kymlicka, from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Prof. Kymlicka will deliver opening remarks at the Summer School via live conference from Canada and will discuss searching for new narratives on diversity and the new global challenges that minorities face. Prof. Kymlicka is the leading political philosopher of his generation; he has contributed greatly to political philosophy, multiculturalism and minority rights. His research interests focus on issues of democracy and diversity, and, in particular, on models of citizenship and social justice within multicultural societies.
The Summer School will also host notable international experts: academics and practitioners, such as: Prof. David Galbreath (University of Bath, UK), Prof. Michal Vašečka (Masaryk University, Slovakia), Prof. Joshua Castellino (Midlessex University, UK), representatives from Saferworld, the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities (HCNM), Faith Matters (NGO), and others. Participants will also have a chance to explore the Danish-German border region and enjoy social activities with the group and local experts. The final programme will be made public shortly.
The selection will be performed on the basis of academic and professional achievements, as well as expressed interest in the topic. Diversity of the group in terms of professional background and country of origin will be encouraged.
The Summer School 2015 fee is 750 EUR and includes:
- Access to all three components of the Summer School 2015 (e-learning, training, alumni network)
- All reading materials
- Accommodation for 6 nights at the Summer School venue
- Daily meals
- Participation in all additional Summer School activities (film screenings, social activities).
ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius offers two scholarships to participants of the ECMI Summer School 2015 from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. The scholarships will grant full participation fee waiver. To apply for the scholarship, applicants are requested to submit full summer school applications and state their interest in the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius Scholarship in the cover letter.
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