Prof. Malloy at the University of Groningen: “from ‘minority’ to ‘co-nation'”

rugr_logoenv_rood_rgbOn 5th of  September 2016, Prof. Tove Malloy will deliver a lecture at a short symposium at the University of Groningen. She will talk about “the dynamics of Europe’s minority-majority discourses: From ‘minority’ to ‘co-nation’?”.

The Campus Fryslân and the Department of Frisian language and Culture of the University of Groningen organise a short symposium to mark the start of classes for the MA Multilingualism and the BA Minorities and Multilingualism. The event will take place on 5th of September 2016 at Tresoar, Leeuwarden and will feature Prof. Dr. Tove Malloy as an invited guest speaker. Prof. Malloy will discuss “the dynamics of Europe’s minority-majority discourses: From ‘minority’ to ‘co-nation’?”. All new and current students of the University of Groningen are cordially invited.

Abstract of the lecture

For more than a millennium, minority-majority relations have been part of everyday politics in most European countries. History shows us that kings, rulers, despots and later on democratic governments have had to manage diversity within their midst. Minority protection and minority governance as diversity management tools have developed over the centuries to include not only religious and ethnic groups but also national, linguistic, racial, social, demographic and LGTB groups. This lecture will focus on groups linked to the formation of the ‘nation-state’ system in Europe, religious, national and linguistic minorities. All are minorities not only in numbers but also in cultural practices and traditions. By tracing the formation of four minority discourses in European history, the lecture will discuss whether the term ‘minority’ is the appropriate expression for the situation of these groups given their history and narratives. The normative query will guide the examination of past and current inter-governmental policies regarding minority and territo- rial management in Europe while asking whether there is evidence of an emerging paradigm shift in minority-majority relations. 

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