MINELRES: Fwd: CfP: Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions, Cluj-Napoca, 17-20.6.201

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Original sender: Laszlo Maracz <L.K.Maracz@uva.nl>


Call for Papers

Conference on 'Minority Politics within the Europe of Regions' in
Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar, 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.

Please send abstracts to both of the following e-mail addresses:
mineureg@ispmn.gov.ro, mineureg@sapientia.ro 

For further information, please visit http://kv.sapientia.ro/en/mineureg
or www.ispmn.gov.ro/en/mineureg.  

Conference organizers:

Klaus Detterbeck, University of Magdeburg, ECPR Standing Group on
Federalism and Regionalism

Istvan Horvath, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities,
Cluj-Napoca 

Laszlo Maracz, University of Amsterdam

Marton Tonk, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca

 
Call for Papers

Conference on Concepts and Consequences of Multilingualism in Europe 2

>From October 7-10, 2010 the Scientific Research Center of the SEE (South
East European) University of Tetovo (Macedonia) and the research group
'Babylonian Europe' of the University of Amsterdam will organize a
conference hosted by the SEE University of Tetovo in the Republic of
Macedonia. The conference is a follow-up meeting of the conference on
the Concepts and Consequences of Multilingualism in Europe 1 that took
place in September 2009 in Budapest hosted by the Budapest College of
Communication and Business. 

The organizers will select 30 papers for presentation in the following
four panels: (1) multilingual institutions and organizations; (2)
multicultural societies; (3) a tool-kit for transnational communication
and (4) free space. In the first panel the analysis of multilingual
institutions and organizations is focused on. The central question is:
how do collaborators of multilingual organizations and institutions
communicate. Not only the analysis of European institutions and
organizations, like the European Parliament, the European Commission and
the Council of Europe is welcomed but in fact all sorts of international
organizations, like the UN, NATO, CIS, etc. can be presented. This topic
is inspired by the SEE University of Tetovo itself for this university
which is a multilingual institution, including teaching in Albanian,
Macedonian and English. In the second panel, the consequences of
multilingualism for society are discussed. How is the formal
communication between citizens and the state institutions and between
citizens organized? Is there a communicational language involved, a
so-called lingua franca? What about the role of culture and discourse,
including literature, performing arts and media in a multicultural
society? The third panel concentrates on the solutions of
multilingualism in Europe. Several options come to mind, including
English-only; regional lingua francae and lingua receptiva. In the
latter case the speakers communicate by using each their L1 being
comprehensible for the receiver. What are the advantages and
disadvantages of these solutions? In the fourth panel any topic that has
to do with multilingualism in Europe can be put forward.

The deadline for submitting abstracts (300 words) will be May 1, 2010.
By the end of May the participants will receive a definite answer on the
acceptance of their paper. The deadline for submitting papers (5000-7000
words) will be September 1, 2010. The conference organizers have the
intention to publish a proceedings of the conference. 

Accommodation for conference speakers and participants will be available
in the hotels near the campus of the University for a modest price.
Conference participation requires no fee. Tetovo can be reached by plane
via the international airport of the capital of Macedonia, Skopje. Low
budget airlines frequently fly to Skopje. A visit to the beautiful lake
Ohrid will be included into the program.   

Conference organizers:

Amra Alik, conference coordinator (amra.alik@live.com)

Mustafa Ibrahimi, Director of the Scientific Research Center of the SEE
University of Tetovo (m.ibrahimi@seeu.edu.mk)

Laszlo Maracz, chairman of Babylonian Europe RG, European Studies,
University of Amsterdam (l.k.maracz@uva.nl) 

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