MINELRES: Fwd: CfA: Minority Politics and Minority Conflicts in Eastern Europe, Hannover, 30.8-13.9.09

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Minorities in Eastern Europe

Minority Politics and Minority Conflicts in Eastern Europe from the  
19th to the 21st Centuries

Leibniz Universit─t Hannover Summer Academy
30 August - 13 September 2009

Call for Applications

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 Universit─t 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  


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. JĂrg Baberowski (Berlin), Dr. Daina Bara  
(Vilnius), PD Dr. Ulrike von Hirschhausen (Hamburg/Leipzig) , Prof.  
Dr. Christiane Lemke (Hannover), Dr. Nils Muiznieks (Riga), Dr. SĂren  
Philipps (Hannover), Prof. Dr. Malte Rolf (Hannover), Prof. Dr.  
Wolfgang Schmale (Wien), Dr. Darius Staliunas (Vilnius), Dr. Katrin  
Steffen (LŢneburg), 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).

More Information

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.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 Universit─t Hannover.


Prof. Dr. Malte Rolf
Leibniz Universit─t Hannover
Historisches Seminar
Im Moore 21
30167 Hannover
Tel.: +49 (0)511-762-4201 (Sekretariat)
Fax: +49 (0)511-762-3128

Dr. SĂren Philipps
Leibniz Universit─t Hannover
European Studies
Im Moore 11a
30167 Hannover
Tel.: +49 (0)511-762-19164
Fax: +49 (0)511-762-19185



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