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  • Florian Bieber
    From: rohliger INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Call for Papers Voice or Exit: Comparative Perspectives on Ethnic Minorities in Twentieth
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 30, 2000
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      From: rohliger <rohliger@...-berlin.de>


      Call for Papers

      Voice or Exit: Comparative Perspectives on Ethnic Minorities in Twentieth
      Century Europe

      May 25-27, 2001, Humboldt University Berlin

      Minority issues and interethnic relations have been key social phenomena
      shaping Europe in the age of nation-states and nationalism. The
      establishment of nation-states was often paralleled by majority-minority or
      interethnic conflicts resulting in ethnic, demographic and political
      'engineering' and widespread population shifts. Not only assimilation,
      forced migration, population exchanges, expulsions, and genocide, but also
      the establishment and recognition of minority rights were immediate
      consequences of these political, social and ethnic tensions.

      The conference Voice or Exit - Comparative Perspectives on Ethnic
      Minorities in Twentieth Century Europe will focus comparatively on
      questions of contemporary and historical minority existence in twentieth
      century Europe. The main emphasis will be put on representation of
      ('autochthonous'/non-migrant) minorities in nation states, national public
      spheres and polities versus minority migration. The regional focus is
      Gesamteuropa (all of Europe) from the Atlantic to the Ural mountains, from
      the North Cap to the Bosporus. Of special interest are:

      Abstracts for papers (max. of 600 words) on various aspects of minority
      issues and existence throughout Europe will be considered on a competitive
      basis. Comparative papers and studies are as welcome as historical depth.

      The number of participants will be limited to 25 people. Scholars from the
      Humanities and the social sciences including law, economics and social
      psychology are encouraged to turn in abstracts. Advanced Ph.D. candidates
      and post-docs are particularly invited to turn in applications.
      Accommodation and food will be provided. Limited financial support for the
      participants to subsidize travel costs is available.

      Submissions of abstracts and a short biographical note (via conference
      homepage!) including a list of publications are welcomed until January 15,
      2001. Papers are supposed to be circulated in advance and should be
      received by April 2, 2001. The conference will take place public at
      Humboldt-UniversitÀt Berlin, May 25-27, 2001. The publication of selected
      papers in an edited volume is planned.
      For further information and application procedures please check:


      Of special interests are:

      * inclusion and exclusion of minorities into and from nation states
      * interethnic relations in the context of multiethnic societies
      * ethnic politics and ethno-nationalism and the creation of minority politics
      * "homeland" politics
      * majority-minority relations
      * (changes and continuities of) minority rights
      * minority representation and the making of minorities over time
      * ethnic migration and minority rights in the context of state formation
      and nation-building
      * (historical) migration patterns and migration systems of minorities
      * ethnic violence
      * prevention and monitoring of minority rights and ethnic migration
      * ethnic "unmixing" of peoples
      * the role of international organizations in the area of minority
      protection and ethnic migration

      Organization Committee:

      Rainer Muenz (Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin)
      Rainer Ohliger (Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin)
      William Safran (University of Colorado at Boulder)
      Zsuzsa Toeroek (Central European Univ., Budapest)
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