Ethnic Minorities in Border Regions

Ethnic Minorities in Border Regions

Veranstalter
Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) / KonKoop
Gefördert durch
BMBF
PLZ
10117
Ort
Berlin
Land
Deutschland
Findet statt
In Präsenz
Vom - Bis
25.09.0023 - 27.09.0023
Deadline
15.06.2023
Von
Kerstin Bischl, Zentrum für Osteuropa- und internationale Studien (ZOiS), Berlin

Ethnic minorities can quickly become a focal point of politics and political elites that generates conflict. Equally, they can be a trigger for cooperation. This is especially true in the case of Eastern Europe, where there is great ethnic diversity and borders have frequently been redrawn in recent decades. We are seeking for contributions about ethnic groups/nationalities indigenous to both sides of the former Soviet external borders and the dynamics of opening and closing this borders.

Ethnic Minorities in Border Regions

Ethnic minorities can quickly become a focal point of politics and political elites that generates conflict. Equally, they can be a trigger for cooperation. Their social, political and economic position plays an important role in conflictual and cooperative dynamics not only within states but also in interstate relations. This is especially true in the case of Eastern Europe, where there is great ethnic diversity and borders have frequently been redrawn in recent decades. The dissolution of the Soviet Union had two effects where borders are concerned: while international and generally more closed borders were established between the former Union republics, the sometimes hermetically sealed external borders of the former Soviet Union often became more permeable. Changes in the geopolitical order due to the eastward expansion of the EU and the Schengen area, the Russian war against Ukraine and the emergence of regional powers – and thus changes in international relations – are reflected in the permeability of borders as well as in the treatment of minorities in border regions and their relations with each other.

The workshop we are planning deals with ethnic groups/nationalities that are indigenous to both sides of the former Soviet external borders. It asks how the dynamics of opening and closing this borders in different regions before and after the end of the Cold War have affected and are still affecting the possibilities of contact between them. We also want to discuss how the states/governments in question dealt/are dealing with this situation. As well as looking at more recent changes and events in border regions, we also consider past relations and dynamics across the external borders of the Soviet Union with Eastern Europe as well as in the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Far East.

Contributions could focus, for example, on national identities, economic, cultural or religious contacts, and on how the governments of the states in question have reacted to the respective groups. Particular attention should be paid to the following questions:

- How are the ethnic minorities in question perceived and treated by the government/mainstream society (e.g. accusations of disloyalty)?
- How do governments and societies act on the other side of the border, where their ethnic group is in the majority (territorial claims, instrumentalisation, support, citizenship, etc.)?
- What consequences did the division by a border have on cohesion, national identity, language development and distinctive cultural practices? Were there/are there movements to reunite members of the same ethnic group or secede?
- What role do cross-border ethnic groups play for the stability of the two states concerned, and for the region where they live?
- What role do the minorities play in the respective states? What rights do they have and what is their relationship to the mainstream society? How does this affect cross-border relations at regional and national level?
- Where do local/regional cross-border relations and initiatives stand in relation to the policies and strategies of the respective governments?
- What relations do minorities in border regions cultivate with people and institutions on the other side of the border? How do they perceive each other?
- How do the (post)Soviet cases compare with global and historical cases?

As the questions suggest, the focus will be on the individual and local relations of the respective ethnic groups as well as on relations between the respective neighbouring states.

Programm

Schedule
Please send us a proposal of up to 300 words by 15 June 2023. We will let you know if your proposal has been accepted by 30.6.2023. The presentations during the workshop are supposed to be about 20 minutes long. We ask all the panellists to submit a paper of 3000–4000 words by 15 September, which we will then share with the workshop participants and discussants. We intend to publish a special issue based on the papers and discussions. This will be discussed in greater detail during the workshop.
Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for the invited participants.
The workshop is being held as part of the BMBF-financed project ‘Conflict and Cooperation in Eastern Europe. The consequences of the reconfiguration of political, economic and social spaces since the end of the Cold War’

Kontakt

Beate Eschment
Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Berlin
E-Mail: Beate.eschment@zois-berlin.de

Sabine v. Löwis
Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Berlin
E-Mail: Sabine.loewis@zois-berlin.de

Ekaterina Mikhailova
Leibniz-Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg
E-Mail: mikhailova@ios-regensburg.de

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