MINELRES: CfP: "National Minorities and border regions in the 21st century" - UACES Conference "Exchanging Ideas on Europe", Bruges 2010

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CALL FOR PAPERS - UACES Conference "Exchanging Ideas on Europe" Bruges
"National minorities and border regions in the 21st century Europe"

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 globalising world national
minorities may provide the inter-cultural tools that the new border
regime requires in order to develop a united Europe of diversity.
Untapped energies as well as unknown problems may be available to be

We are seeking to organise one or two panels on "National minorities and
border regions in the 21st century Europe" at the UACES General
Conference in Bruges 6-8 September 2010. Potential contributions should
discuss national minorities and border regions from a perspective of
Europeanization and integration and its reflection on minorities'
identity and self-consciousness. Papers presenting innovative ideas as
well as case studies are welcome and new unpublished research is
particular welcome. The aim of the panel(s) is to expand the knowledge
of national minorities in the area of border region studies.

Applicants are kindly requested to send an abstract (max. 200 words) by
21 December 2009. 
Please indicate name, affiliation and contact details.

Tove H. Malloy, European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg,
Germany (malloy@ecmi.de) 

Martin Klatt, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Border
Region Studies, Sonderborg, Denmark

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