“You cannot study minority issues in the Danish-German border area without closely following the minority media”

was the statement of Senior Researcher Dr. Sergiusz Bober at last week`s presentation on the work of the ECMI for a visiting group of the Akademie Sankelmark.
…was the statement made by Senior Researcher Dr. Sergiusz Bober during last week`s presentation of the ECMI`s work for the international group participating in the Baltic Sea History Project and hosted by Akademie Sankelmark/ Academia Baltica in Oeversee (Schleswig-Holstein).

The group came for one week to the academy in order to test the online learning tool developed within the framework of the Baltic Sea History Project and focused upon multiperspective approach to that region`s history.

Part of their programme was a visit to the neighbouring city Flensburg.

After a walk through the city centre and visits to the sites important for the Danish-German history, the group met with the ECMI representative Dr. Bober to learn more about the centre`s activities in the field of minority studies.

The listeners were quite surprised when, after giving an overview of the history, structure and mission of the centre, Dr. Bober showed them the front pages of two newspapers: Flensburger Tageblatt, the “majority” newspaper of the region, and the Danish minority newspaper, Flensborg Avis. He compared the two newspapers and highlighted their different roles and content, thus emphasizing the inherent multiperspectivitiy of minority studies.

This stands in connection to Dr. Bober`s recently published ECMI Working Paper on Flensborg Avis, titled “NATIONAL MINORITIES VIS-À-VIS POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THEIR KIN STATES. THE CASE OF FLENSBORG AVIS NEWSPAPER”. Besides showing that Flensborg Avis is an example of a minority media actively engaged in debates concerning issues important for its kin state, it discussed content generally absent from the pages of German-language newspapers published both regionally and nationally.

Following the presentation, the audience wanted to know more about the target regions of the ECMI, the challenges related to implementation of its policy recommendations and normative aspects of the centre`s work.

After a fruitful discussion, Mr. Aleksander Cywiński, one of the participants, remarked, “I was really and positively surprised to find such a unique centre as the ECMI in a middle-sized city, right on the Danish-German border”.

Dr. Sergiusz Bober and Dr. Christian Pletzing (Director of the Akademie Sankelmark).

About the Baltic Sea History Project

The Baltic Sea History Project intends to raise the awareness that there is not only one perspective on historical events, but multiple perspectives, which have to be exchanged on a basis of mutual understanding and respect to overcome nationally confined perceptions of the history of the Baltic Sea region.
A learning concept for adults will be developed from 2017 to 2019. Part of it is a guideline “Writing history multiperspectively”, an online tutorial, an online platform and learning material. The Project is a so called “ERASMUS+ project”, supported by the European Union.

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