W065
Stateless ethnic groups in Europe: problems and perspectives

Convenors:
Ewa Nowicka (Collegium Civitas)
Discussant:
Jan Grill (University of St Andrews)
Stream:
Workshops
Location:
Humanities Small Seminar Room 2
Start time:
25 August, 2010 at 11:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This workshop focuses on stateless ethnic groups that still negotiate their identity and legal status in nation states they live in. We welcome papers discussing contradictory concepts, representations and practices concerning processes of ethnomobilization in unifying Europe in the time of crisis.

Long abstract:

This workshop is to concentrate on small ethnic groups and nations in unifying Europe that continue to strive to negotiate, create and/or defend their ethnic identity in spite of not having their own state. In some countries they have gained legal status as an ethnic minority, while in others they struggle to be recognized as such to this day. On the one hand these groups can support their efforts by the notion of cultural diversity as a current European value. On the other hand their struggles are still framed by a persistent and partly unreflected image of the nation state as the only legitimate basis of the world order. The papers may discuss contradictory concepts within which processes of ethnomobilization take place. They may question the reason or purpose of such processes in the light of current word crisis. But they may consider prospective solutions in preserving and developing the culture of stateless ethnic groups as well.