Minorities in Eastern Europe. Minority Politics and Minority Conflicts in Eastern Europe from the 19th to the 21st Centuries
Leibniz Universität Hannover Summer Academy
30 August – 13 September 2009
Call for Papers
The powder keg of the Caucasus is not the only situation which demonstrates that the problem of minorities continues to be ever-present and explosive on many borders of Eastern Europe. Although it is currently not as rife with conflict as it has been in the past, the existence of ethnic or religious minorities is characteristic for almost every state in Eastern Europe. Nation states emerged from the ashes of the Russian and Habsburg Empires which nonetheless had the same multiethnic composition as what had gone before. Even the “ethnic cleansing” carried out during and after the Second World War did not create the ethnically homogeneous nation states envisioned by those who had organized the violent expulsion of so-called undesirable groups.
The collapse of the Soviet Block has by no means brought an end to the multiethnic diversity of many nation states in Eastern Europe. The integration of minorities has still not succeeded everywhere; conflicts between titular nations and minorities are not events from the distant past, but are still with us today. The postulated “end of nationalism” in Europe has proven to be little more than wishful thinking. The states of Eastern Europe are, for the most part, still far from seeing themselves as multiethnic communities based on the interaction of citizens with various ethnic or religious backgrounds.
Leibniz Universität Hannover's summer academy Minorities in Eastern Europe will make this potential for conflict the subject for interdisciplinary historical and political analysis. The goal is an intensive debate of the historical and political dimensions of diverse ethnic and religious interests, national minority politics and the conflict situations in Eastern Europe. The existence of minorities will be considered not so much as a “problem” rather than as a political enrichment for any nation state based on the principles of citizenship.
Our two-week summer academy offers a variety of learning opportunities organized in cooperation with our Eastern European partner universities. Presentations, seminars, an international colloquium for PhD students, simulation of a fictitious minority conflict, films, excursions and an interesting cultural program mean that our summer academy will be diverse and attractive for all who are interested. Outstanding scholars and experts will broaden the historical and political horizons of the minority question. Among our lecturers and seminar leaders are Prof. Dr. Jörg Baberowski (Berlin), Dr. Daina Bara (Vilnius), PD Dr. Ulrike von Hirschhausen (Hamburg/Leipzig), Prof. Dr. Christiane Lemke (Hannover), Dr. Nils Muiznieks (Riga), Dr. Sören Philipps (Hannover), Prof. Dr. Malte Rolf (Hannover), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schmale (Wien), Dr. Darius Staliunas (Vilnius), Dr. Katrin Steffen (Lüneburg), Prof. Dr. Theodore Weeks (Carbondale/IL, USA), Dr. Anna Veronika Wendland (Marburg).
Participants and Admission
The summer academy Minorities in Eastern Europe is directed at PhD students and those in the advanced stages of a master's program. Participants will be chosen according to a multi-level selection process. Applications must be submitted to the contact person named below by 15 May 2009. Along with the completed application form, you must submit all required documents: a letter of application, a CV, a strong letter of recommendation from a university teacher and proof of your skills in German or English (DSH or TOEFL).
9 ECTS points will be awarded upon successful completion of the summer academy. Furthermore, successful participants will receive a certificate to be recognized in their university transcripts.
The fee for the course is €100.00. This fee will be reimbursed upon completion of the summer academy.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed on request according to the country allowances of the DAAD. Free accommodation has been arranged in Hanover. The DAAD can arrange for a reasonably priced health insurance policy to cover you during your stay.
The application form and further detailed information about our program, admission requirements, the application process and deadlines can be found at http://www.hist.uni-hannover.de/sommerakademie/minderheiten-in-osteuropa/ and http://www.europe.uni-hannover.de/index.php?id=430&L=0.
The summer academy Minorities in Eastern Europe has been made possible by the DAAD with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and various institutions of Leibniz Universität Hannover.
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