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ECMI Summer school, National Minorities and Border Regions, Flensburg, 4-10 September 2011‏

European history has linked many national minorities intrinsically to borders. Nation-building processes in 19th and 20th century European history had to be accorded with existing territorial structures. Borders and border revisions have shaped not only the identity of Europe but also the identity of individuals living through the history of redrawn borders and changing national belonging. Concepts of national inclusion and exclusion resulted in a more multifaceted map of a Europe of nationalities than political maps of Europe show. With European integration and especially EU policies of redefining "hard" borders into "soft" borders, national minorities may have new roles to play in an environment formerly very hostile to national minorities claiming allegiance to a foreign national state. Border politics in Europe pose new challenges as well as provide new opportunities to neighbouring states not only in terms of minority governance but also in so far that in a globalizing world national minorities may provide the inter-cultural tools that the new border regime requires in order to develop a united Europe of diversity. At the same time, minority governance is still in the early implementation stage in many border regions. To explore the link between national minorities and border regions, the ECMI will offer a week long summer school jointly with the University of Flensburg.
The summer school programme will explore national minorities in border regions from different disciplines including regional economics, law, linguistics, sociology and politics. The aim of this interdisciplinary summer school is to integrate subjects that are treated separately in order to offer a comprehensive picture of national minorities in border regions.
The summer school is aimed at Master and PhD students as well as practitioners in related areas. Teachers are staff of the hosting institutions and invited faculty. A diploma of participation will be awarded. DATE 04 – 10 September 2011 Classes take place 05 – 09 September.
Flensburg, Germany
Flensburg is situated in the Danish-German border region. The German-Danish border region is a home of four minorities – the German minority in South Jutland/North Schleswig; the Danish minority in South Schleswig, the North Frisians and the Roma & Sinti - and a regional language of Low German. The border region is also an official Euroregion that seeks to facilitate cross-border relations. The national regions on both sides of the border are located at the periphery of their respective state. This leads to common challenges and opportunities to learn from each other while observing basic differences between Denmark and Germany.
Participation in the summer school is decided on a competitive basis. The application must include a letter of motivation and a CV. Application is only possible electronically via the summer school homepage at The deadline for application is 24 June, 2011. Answers to the applications are sent out by 1 July, 2011. In case of confirmation, the summer school fee has to be paid by 10 July, 2011.
FEES Depending on the room, two fees are available. This covers: accommodation 04/09-10/09 participation in the whole summer school breakfast (Monday-Saturday) lunch (Monday-Friday) the official summer school dinner bus transportation within Flensburg all teaching materials
Accommodation in a double room: 280.00 Euro Accommodation in a single room: 440.00 Euro Participants from the region pay 50 Euro. This covers only participation in the summer school
lunch (Monday-Friday) the official summer school dinner all teaching materials
Participants are encouraged to apply for funding in their respective home countries. There are no reduced fees available.
CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION The organizers assume no responsibility for expenses arising from unforeseen happening. Participants are expected to insure themselves against theft, loss, accidents and damage or medical expenses that may arise.
Provided a written cancellation is received before 18 July, the full payment minus 20% will be refunded. No refunds will be given after that date. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. Submit cancellation in writing to
VISAS FOR NON-EU CITIZENS For non-EU citizens: it is the responsibility of the participant to find out how long it takes to obtain a visa. Citizens of certain countries require a visa to enter into the Federal Republic of Germany. The ECMI can provide a Letter of Invitation, should you require one, but you must first make a registration payment. Letters of Invitation are sent by regular mail (no express). A scanned .pdf will be emailed to each participant. Participants requiring a visa should allow sufficient time to complete the visa application process prior to the commencement of the Summer School.
For further information please visit the website