THE ROMANIAN INSTITUTE FOR
RESEARCH ON NATIONAL MINORITIES
17-20 June 2010
Conference on ‘Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions’ in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár, Klausenburg), Romania.
The ECPR Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism, together with the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania and the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (ISPMN), will organize an international conference entitled ‘Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions’ on 17-20 June 2010.
Within the European space, issues related to ethno-regionalism and the legal status of national and ethnic minorities are covered by several models, such as federalization, self-rule and autonomy. In the recent decade these models and their consequences influencing European architecture have been widely studied in all sorts of theoretical and empirical frameworks. After the expansion of the EU with the Central and Eastern European countries in 2004 and 2007, and with the coming integration of the Western Balkans and possibly other states from Eastern Europe, there has been a proliferation of multi-ethnic regions and national and ethnic minority cases within or in the close vicinity of the Union. Researchers and speakers from a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, including social and political sciences, history, linguistics, law, economy and area studies will be invited to present empirical and theoretical studies on the minority issue in the European space. The organizers will especially welcome studies on ethno-regionalist politics, as well as on institutional arrangements and policies concerning national and ethnic minorities in the new Member States and the Eastern parts of Europe.
The organizers will select 30 papers for presentation in the following four panels:
(1) Ethno-regionalism in Europe – where the history of ethno-regionalism in the old Member States of the Union and the present state of affairs will be discussed
(2) Models of self-rule and autonomy with respect to national, ethnic and linguistic minorities in the Union: this panel will address the institutional solutions and rights benefiting minorities in old and new Member States and the solutions that are provided form by the Union’s transnational structure.
(3) The historical and the present status of national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe – focusing on the historical, social and economic and linguistic aspects of minorities’ situation
(4) Minority regimes at work – the implementation and the practical consequences of the policies concerning national and ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.
The deadline for submitting abstracts (300 words) is 28 February 2010. Applicants will receive feedback on the acceptance of their paper by 10 March. Papers (5000-7000 words) must be submitted by 1 June 2010. The organizers intend to publish the proceedings of the conference.
The official language of the conference is English. In the case of papers presented in other languages (e.g. Hungarian, Romanian) simultaneous translation will be available.
Participants whose abstracts have been selected are expected to cover travelling expenses only, the organizers will provide for food and accommodation. Cluj-Napoca has excellent infrastructural facilities, such as an international airport that can also be reached by low budget airlines.
Klaus Detterbeck, University of Magdeburg, ECPR Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism
István Horváth, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj-Napoca
László Marácz, University of Amsterdam
Márton Tonk, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca