MINELRES: Fwd: CfP: The Status Law Syndrome: a Post-communist Nation Building, Citizenship, and/or Minority Protection, Budapest, 14-16.10.2004

MINELRES moderator minelres@lists.microlink.lv
Mon Jun 7 18:28:50 2004

Original sender:  Balkan Academic News <balkans@gmx.net> 

Dear colleagues,

It is our great honour to invite you to the coming international
conference entitled “The Status Law Syndrome: a Post-communist Nation
Building, Citizenship, and/or Minority Protection” to be held on 14-16
October 2004 in Budapest, Hungary.

The Hungarian Status Law was politically and diplomatically scandalous
enough to provoke serious domestic, regional, and Europe-wide criticisms
against it. Academically, however, the law inspired imaginations widely
among various specialists in jurisprudence, political sciences,
international relations, economics, and so on. Eventually, the
controversies over the law and other similar legislations on
kin-minorities in the region cover such topics as citizenship, the
modern nation state, minority protection, etc. These issues are,
otherwise, identical with the most fundamental political, social, and
cultural questions in the changing post-communist world.
In the near future, a volume, compiling significant academic papers and
primary research resources relating to the Hungarian law, will be
published as an international edition. The title will be “The Hungarian
Status Law: Nation Building and/or a Minority Protection”, composing one
of The Series of Slavic Eurasian Studies, having been issued at the
Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Sapporo.

The conference aims to discuss the following topics:
1) What is the focus of the status laws in Central and East European
contexts: a new citizenship, a new nation building, a new version of
minority protection, a historical heritage, or something else?
(Motivations and backgrounds of the legislations)
2) Is the Status Law Syndrome Central East European, post-communist, or
inclusive universally? (Uniqueness and Universality of the status laws
from both spatial and historical perspectives)
3) Is a status law a realist solution for the national minority
questions of the region in the age of wider-regional integration under
Future of the status laws and the kin-minorities. (Reality of the
legislations) A sub-topic can be around “Experiences after the EU
Accession”, regarding the triadic relationship among a kin-minority, a
kin-state and a home state.
4) Can we formulate some models for kin-minority protection out of the
practical policies? (Typology of minority protection such as the
Austrian way, the German way, the Hungarian way, the Russian way, etc)

The conference was initiated by Hungarian and Japanese scholars on the
basis of the academic collaboration for promoting scientific studies on
the national minorities in Central and East European regions.

Technical announcements

1) Papers: Participants are kindly requested to choose one or more among
the four topics of the conference and to prepare a paper for the
conference. We will send you a copy of the aforementioned book, “The
Hungarian Status Law”, for preparing the paper. We will send also the
conference papers in advance by several weeks, so that you can read them
before the conference.
In this way, we hope, the participants could enjoy the conference
intensively, and the discussion would be much more fruitful.

Length of a paper: 30-35000 characters
Language of the papers and presentation: English
The duration of each presentation: 15 minutes at maximum.

2) Confirmation for participation: You are kindly asked to inform the
organizing offices about your participation via email by 18 June 2004.

3) Title and Abstract: Guest speakers by this invitation are kindly
requested to send the title and the abstract of the paper to the
Japanese and Hungarian organizers by 30 July 2004.

4) Public paper calls for the conference on the web sites: Besides the
guest speakers, we will call papers openly. Anyone may submit a proposal
as follows:
1) The topic of the proposal should directly connect to the conference
2) The proposal includes the title and the abstract of the paper with
2000 characters at Maximum.
3) Deadline of proposal: 18 June 2004
4) Proposal and CV is to be sent to both of the Japanese and Hungarian
organizing offices.
Announcement of the public paper call will be soon released on the web
sites of the organizing offices; www.h-src.slav.hokudai.ac.jp at Slavic
Research Centre, Hokkaido University, Japan, www.mtaki.hu at the
Minority Studies Institute of the HAS, Hungary, and www.tli.tla.hu,
Teleki Laszlo Institute, Hungary.

5) Sessions of the conference: The organizing committee of the
conference will set up sections of the conference according to the
titles and the abstracts of the papers.

6) All papers are to be submitted by email to both of the Japanese and
Hungarian organizing offices.

Deadline: 15 September 2004

7) Travel and Stay in Budapest
All participants are requested to arrive at Budapest on 13th October at
latest, and stay there from 14th to 16th October.

8) Organization
The organizing offices:
The Japanese office is the Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University,
Sapporo, c/o Osamu Ieda; mail to ieda@s...
The Hungarian office is the Minority Studies Institute of the HAS,
Budapest, c/o Anna Osvath; mail to annaosv@m... (especially
organizational issues) and balazs.majtenyi@b... (especially academic

The members of the organizing committee

Osamu Ieda (SRC, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan), Balazs Vizi
(Minority Studies Institute of the HAS, Hungary), Balazs Majtenyi
(Institute for legal Studies, Budapest, Hungary), Ivan Halasz (Institute
for Legal Studies, Budapest, Hungary), Zoltan Kantor (Teleki Laszlo
Institute, Hungary)

Organizing institutions

Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University The 21st Century COE Program
of “Making Discipline of Slavic Eurasian Studies” attached to SRC
Co-organizing institutions:
Minority Studies Institute of the HAS (MTA Kisebbségkutató Intézet)
Institute for legal Studies of the HAS (MTA Jogtudományi Intézet)
Teleki László Institute (Teleki László Intézet) www.tli.tla.hu

16 March,
2004 Dr.
Osamu Ieda

of SRC
Hokkaido University, Japan