Germany, Słubice / Frankfurt (Oder)

Minorities in Times of Transition

when 6 June 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 6 weeks
credits 9 ECTS

The course will focus on two interdisciplinary topics: 1) development of minority policies and 2) social and identity changes of ethnic minorities in Central and Eastern Europe. Within the first topic, we will discuss especially ideological sources of Communist model of minority protection and the legacy and transformation of this model into the post-Communist period. Within the second topic, we will pay attention to changing identification of minorities with state nations and vice versa. Transformation of understanding of the term “nation” as such will be our primary focus. Another aspect of this topic is changing social situation of minorities in times of transition, resulting in some cases into social exclusion. Mechanism and realms of social exclusion as well as possible ways how to resolve it will be examined. The Roma as a typical marginalized group will be in the centre of our interest. Roots of the social exclusion of the Roma will be studied from the Middle Age to nowadays. However, particular attention will be paid to the Communist period and the political and economical transformation in the 1990s.

Course leader

Ondřej Klípa, Ph.D.

Target group

Academically driven graduate and advanced undergraduate students

Course aim

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

- understand anthropological and political background of national minority protection;
- argue with an in-depth knowledge in discussions on multiculturalism, diversity management, and social cohesion in context of CEE;
- understand way of transformation minority policies form the Communist to post-Communist period;

Credits info

3/6/9 ECTS

Fee info

EUR 0: There is no tuition fee. Accommodation is also provided free of charge.